35. Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

  1. Alan D. Irvine MD, FRCPI, FRCP4,5,
  2. Peter H. Hoeger MD6,7 and
  3. Albert C. Yan MD, FAAP, FAAD8,9
  1. Carlo M. Gelmetti MD1,2 and
  2. Ramon Grimalt MD3

Published Online: 24 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch35

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition

How to Cite

Gelmetti, C. M. and Grimalt, R. (2011) Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, in Harper's Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology, Volume 1, 2, Third Edition (eds A. D. Irvine, P. H. Hoeger and A. C. Yan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345384.ch35

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 5

    Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

  3. 6

    University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  4. 7

    Catholic Children's Hospital Wilhelmstift, Hamburg, Germany

  5. 8

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  6. 9

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Dermatologic Sciences, Universitàdegli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy

  2. 2

    Unit of Pediatric Dermatology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale, Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy

  3. 3

    Department of Dermatology, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176958

Online ISBN: 9781444345384



  • infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis;
  • seborrhoeic eczema;
  • sebopsoriasis;
  • Leiner disease


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.