Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) on Scalp

By Dr. Eddie Valenzuela

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that is fairly common in young children, though it can affect people of any age. The symptoms include red patches with loose, flaky skin that can be greasy or crusty and may be white, or yellowish in color. At any age, it’s not a pleasant condition to have, though it generally doesn’t cause discomfort other than itching. Seborrheic dermatitis can occur anywhere on the body, though it’s usually found in oily areas, especially around hair follicles. Most cases of seborrheic dermatitis are found on the scalp. In fact, it’s one of the leading causes of stubborn dandruff.

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

The exact causes of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp are still a little murky, but it seems to have something to do with a yeast or fungal overgrowth. Genetics, dry air, the body’s natural microbiome, and even immune system response may also play a role. One thing is for certain, seborrheic dermatitis is not caused by poor hygiene. Though this condition can look unsettling in extreme cases, it doesn’t lead to permanent damage.

Is Seborrheic Dermatitis the Same as Cradle Cap?

When seborrheic dermatitis is present on the scalp of a young child, it’s often referred to as “Cradle Cap.” Doctors and scientists are not entirely sure why this condition is much more common in babies, but it most likely has something to do with a developing immune system and the presence of hormones interacting with common yeast or fungus. “Cradle Cap” on scalp may go away on its own, but if symptoms persist, it’s time to seek a remedy.

Solutions for Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis

The good news is, pyrithione zinc shampoo for scalp is effective at mitigating, or even eliminating, the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. For this reason, pyrithione zinc is the active ingredient in Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo for Children. To relieve the symptoms of scalp seborrheic dermatitis in kids, wash their hair daily with this medicated shampoo. You may begin to see results after the first few washes, though final results can take up to a month. Medicated moisturizing shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis on scalp can help keep you or your child’s symptoms under control.

Are Adult Products Good for Children?

Children have tender skin that can easily become irritated by harsh chemicals. Most adult dandruff shampoos contain dyes, fragrances, and other inactive ingredients that may cause irritation and rashes. As a practicing pediatrician, Dr. Eddie didn’t feel 100% comfortable recommending adult dandruff shampoos for his young patients. To remedy this situation, he formulated Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash. Happy Cappy is the only medicated shampoo for flaky scalp that’s formulated for children of all ages. Happy Cappy is:

  • Dye-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Parabens-Free
  • BPA-Free
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Alcohol-Free
  • Cruelty-Free

Available at select Walgreens, Buy Buy Baby, and online at and, this premium shampoo & body wash is also popular with adults who want to relieve the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis and cradle cap on the scalp, without unneeded chemical additives.

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