Cradle cap is a common skin condition in young babies, especially in the first couple months of life. It’s a form of baby eczema, but it’s rarely uncomfortable or itchy for the baby. The medical term for this inflammatory skin condition is infantile seborrheic dermatitis or seborrheic eczema.
Babies who have cradle cap may have flaky, dry skin on their scalp; or they may have oily, yellowish or brown crusting scaly patches on their head. Cradle cap can occur with or without any reddened skin. The flaky patches might shed off, flaking off when you wash your baby’s scalp. It can be similar to dandruff.
You may notice the crusting patches of cradle cap on your baby’s ears, eyebrows, eyelids, armpits, and any other oily creases on his or her body.