Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Carlo M. Gelmetti, Ramon Grimalt

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Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis (ISD) is an erythematosquamous skin disease of early infancy. This eruption is characterized by thick adherent yellowish scales predominantly in the frontal and/or vertex areas of the scalp that may be accompanied by rash of the intertriginous areas. These objective features and absence of pruritus are commonly considered the diagnostic criteria for ISD. Being these criteria are quite poor and non-specific to define a disorder, some authors consider ISD a transient phenomenon that can fade spontaneously or lead to a more specific dermatosis as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis. Therefore a conservative and mild treatment should be considered in all cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHarper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology: Third Edition
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781405176958
Publication statusPublished - May 24 2011


  • Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • Leiner disease
  • Sebopsoriasis
  • Seborrhoeic eczema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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