A waxy, scaly, skin rash that is common in infants. The medical name is seborrheic dermatitis. Often the rash is confined to the scalp, but occasionally it can spread to the face and diaper area. If the problem is confined to the scalp, it can usually be controlled with diluted shampoo containing selenium and by gently brushing the scalp. Applying baby oil to the scalp to loosen the scales has been recommended by some and not by others. If the cradle cap gets worse or does not improve with simple treatment, stronger medicated shampoo and other medications are available.
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