Cradle cap is a common scalp problem in newborns. It is characterized by yellow, oily scales that flake off the baby's head. It may appear on the baby's scalp, forehead, eyelids, eyebrows and around the ears. It can be gross to deal with but it is not itchy for the baby and not contagious. It's just another weird thing about newborns that no one warns you about.
Cradle cap is a form of eczema. The precise cause of cradle cap is not entirely known, but it is believed to come about due to a combination of factors including hormones that are passed between mother and baby, overactive sebaceous glands and the yeast Pityrosporum ovale.
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