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Cradle Cap Behind Ears
4 mo. Baby has rash behind ear. Raw, red and oozing sticky clear liquid. Rash on face too. What should I use on it? Eczema? Has cradle cap too.
Like this? : Seborrheic dermatitis ("cradle cap") can spread to the face, eyelashes ; behind ears. It can be treated by using z-tar or other anti-dandruff shampoo. Lather up a fingertip's worth, shampoo ; rinse thoroughly. If the scalp is red for more than a few moments, discontinue use. If it looks infected or is very itchy, see her pediatrician for other treatments (miconazole or mild hc creams). ...Read more
Baby oil/olive oil: I typically recommend baby oil or olive oil on the scalp for cradle cap. After applying, gently loosen the flakes with a soft baby brush, and then wash your baby's hair. There are some over-the-counter cradle cap treatment kits available as well. If persistent, ask your doctor about dandruff shampoo used twice a week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it really??: The closest thing to infant cradle cap in adults would actually be a fungal infection of the scalp. Cradle cap in infants is basically old skin cells stuck together unaffected by baby shampoos that don't loosen the flakes.Regular use of medicated dandruff shampoo will help adults solve the flake issue, but if unresponsive you will need to have it looked at by your pcp. ...Read more
Unlikely: Cradle cap is due to the accumulation of dried and dead skin in the scalp of an infant, usually due to family's concern that mild scalp massage might "damage the brain through the baby's soft spot." as adults do not have a soft spot, they are much less likely to have cradle cap, as the fear of brain damage from scalp massage is not present. ...Read more
Frequent shampooing: Gently massage the baby's scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), being sure to rinse out all the shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush the scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel. There are baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap that might be useful in stubborn cases. Or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Depends: Much of cradle cap id due to retained skin flakes that are not susceptible to the mild ingredients in "tear free" baby shampoos. Active washing with a simple dandruff shampoo will often do the trick, as well as avoiding baby oil on the scalp or other treatments.A soft cuticle brush to help scrub in the shampoo helps, but keep it away from the eyes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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