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What should I do about dandruff on my baby's head and eyelashes?

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What should I do about dandruff on my baby's head and eyelashes?

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Baby dandruff is also called cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis. It's very common and, fortunately, does not usually bother the baby (just us parents!). It causes greasy, yellow-white scaling, and occasionally redness of the skin. It is most common on the scalp but may also occur in the eyebrows, eyelashes, diaper area, skin folds, and around the belly button. For the scalp, daily shampooing with a mild (no-tears) shampoo is helpful. If the scale is thicker, try gently massaging with a few drops of baby oil and a soft baby brush (or soft toothbrush) to help to loosen the scale before shampooing. If there is redness, you may want to use a low-strength steroid ointment, cream, or solution. You can gently cleanse eyelashes with no-tears shampoo and a soft cotton swab.

Most babies outgrow seborrheic dermatitis by 1 year of age. If the condition persists, gets worse, or causes itching, see your pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist. Some conditions may mimic seborrheic dermatitis, including atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis.  
 
 
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