Outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis in children are very common, both in the first months of life and later in childhood. In infants, this condition is known as “cradle cap” because it commonly causes a scaly rash on the scalp – but it may also lead to inflamed, flaky skin on the eyelids, the ears and/or the face. In older children and adults, the condition is more likely to manifest as dandruff.
Regardless of what form it takes, seborrheic dermatitis can be unpleasant and stubborn, and it may recur. In turn, patients dealing with this condition at any age may wish to seek professional treatment for it.
While seborrheic dermatitis isn’t typically painful, it can be very irritating and may interfere with a child’s sleep or distract them at school. Oftentimes, kids with this condition scratch themselves in response to dry, itchy skin, which can lead to bleeding and increase their risk of skin infection.
If you suspect that your child may be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, the dermatology experts at NJ’s Kessel Dermatology can help provide a solution. After performing a visual examination of your child’s skin to confirm the diagnosis, we may recommend one or a combination of several different treatment options, such as:
The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis in children remains unknown, but it is thought to be related to excess oil production from the sebaceous glands. In some cases, it may resolve on its own. But, if it persists, treatment may be required to get symptoms under control, restore the child’s comfort and protect their skin from further damage.
At any age, skin inflammation caused by seborrheic dermatitis can be very frustrating and bothersome. Fortunately, the trained dermatology professionals at Kessel Dermatology provide gentle, effective treatment options for both kids and adults experiencing skin irritation stemming from this condition. To arrange an appointment with one of our top-rated NJ skin care specialists, call our office at 609-890-2600.