The cause of cradle cap is unknown. It may be caused by maternal hormones that crossed the placenta before birth and stimulated the oil glands. It is not caused by poor hygiene. Cradle cap is not contagious and does not recur. If redness also occurs behind the ears, in body creases (armpit, groin and neck), and in the diaper area, cradle cap is part of a condition called seborrheic dermatitis.
Without treatment it can last for months, but it will eventually clear up on its own. With treatment it is usually cleared up in a few weeks.
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