Pediatrics - Seborrhea, Cradle Cap
Seborrhea, also called Seborrheic Dermatitis, is a common skin condition. When it occurs on the scalp it is called dandruff. Seborrhea on a baby’s scalp is called cradle cap.
Seborrhea describes red scaly itchy skin. The affected areas produce white or yellowish flakes. Seborrhea can develop on the scalp, face, or skin folds on the body. It is a life long condition that can be controlled with treatment.
Am I at Risk
Is My Child at Risk?
Risk factors may increase your child’s likelihood of developing seborrhea. People with all of the risk factors may never develop the condition; however, the chance of developing seborrhea increases with the more risk factors your child has. You should tell your doctor about your child’s risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for seborrhea:
_____ Seborrhea is more common in men than women. In men, it may develop in moustache and beard areas.
_____ Seborrhea appears to run in families. If a child’s parents or siblings have seborrhea, a child has an increased risk for developing it.
_____ Oily skin is associated with seborrhea.
_____ Obesity appears to increase the risk of seborrhea formation, particularly in skin folds.
_____ Using soap and shampoo products that contain alcohol appear to increase the risk of developing seborrhea.
_____ Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury, are associated with seborrhea.
_____ Medical conditions that depress the immune system, such as HIV and AIDS, are associated with seborrhea.
_____ Skin disorders, such as acne, increase the risk of seborrhea.
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