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Cradle cap

Cradle cap

Cradle cap

Cradle cap on baby's scalp, with close-up of oily, crusty buildup of skin

Cradle cap is an oily, yellow scaling or crusting on a baby's scalp. It is caused by a buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells. Cradle cap is common in babies and is easily treated.

Current as of: August 21, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

John Pope MD - Pediatrics