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Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face, head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do I alleviate it?

Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face, head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do I alleviate it?

Is it the same rash?: Cradle cap can extend down to the face, neck, and chest. There are some non-prescription remedies such as selenium-based shampoos (don't get it in her eyes!), but other treatments require a doctor visit. Either way, be patient - there's no reason why she can't have beautiful baby skin after this clears up. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Rashes on 2 months old baby's palm, face, feet, stomach, back, etc n cradle cap?

Rashes on 2 months old baby's palm, face, feet, stomach, back, etc n cradle cap?

Seborrhea: Seborrhea is another name for cradle cap. In addition to the scaly places on the scalp there are little red bumps on the trunk and head. The bumps are very fine and reddish. You could check google images for seborrhea to see if it looks like what your child has. Talk to your pediatrician about treatments. Sometimes a mild steroid such as cortisone is used. Sometimes an anti fungal such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). ...Read more

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Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head?

Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head?

No: Tell the adults around you not to bother you. Cradle cap is not catching - even if you were also a baby. ...Read more

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My 2month son got cradle cap onhis head what should I use?

My 2month son got cradle cap onhis head what should I use?

Maybe: Much of cradle cap is 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 more

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Son has had cradle cap and it itches all the time/ we wash his hair twice week could this be excema in his head he is 4mths old.

Son has had cradle cap and it itches all the time/ we wash his hair twice week could this be excema in his head he is 4mths old.

Maybe: 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 more

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My daughter is a year old. She has red pustual bumps on her head mostly on the top and in the middle. At first we thought it was cradle cap it isnt.

My daughter is a year old. She has red pustual bumps on her head mostly on the top and in the middle. At first we thought it was cradle cap it isnt.

See your doctor: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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My daughter 6months has cradle cap. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else I can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

My daughter 6months has cradle cap. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else I can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

Baby Oil: It is a normal process that can go away on its own on its due course. Peeling it can sometimes cause irritation. Baby oil will help alleviate dryness. Regular shower and keeping the well nourished baby clean with lots of love is pampering. ...Read more

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Babys head smells (forehead) but there's no peeling or other evidence of cradle cap. What else could it be? Can cradle cap smell be present w/out peel

Lotions/ metabolism: If germ overgrowth is unlikely, the other two issues that come to mind are the things we put on their skin or the odor from the sweat they make. I find some lotions will sour over time & leave a musty smell. Some kids with metabolic issues can have a mouse urine like smell or maple syrup like smell to their sweat. If the lotions or other skin treatments are not an issue I would let your dr know. ...Read more

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8 week old son has two lumps on back of head/upper neck. About same distance apart and peasized. Cradle cap, eczema, no other symptoms. Thoughts?

8 week old son has two lumps on back of head/upper neck. About same distance apart and peasized. Cradle cap, eczema, no other symptoms. Thoughts?

Newborns: Your child is due for a 2 month well-baby check. Please see your family physician or pediatrician to discuss any of your concerns. ...Read more

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My 6 wk old has cradle cap. He also had a rash on face and upper back. Pediatrician said it was eczema and prescribed dezonide which discolored his fa?

My 6 wk old has cradle cap. He also had a rash on face and upper back. Pediatrician said it was eczema and prescribed dezonide which discolored his fa?

Cradle cap and Acne!: Cradle cap is benign and it is not allergy, infection or anything to with poor hygiene. Simply use baby shampoo and a soft brush and it clears up within 6 to 12 weeks generally.
Rash on the face and neck could be acne and that too clears up on it's own. If the rash is red and itchy it could be eczema. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Hi, my boy (11mnth) developed having rashes on his cheek when he was 3months old. Than it slowly spread all over his body. I m using physiogel products?

Hi, my boy (11mnth) developed having rashes on his cheek when he was 3months old. Than it slowly spread all over his body. I m using physiogel products?

Rash: As I've said before, it is difficult do rashes without seeing them. However, my best guess is eczema. Sensitive, allergic skin. Especially if it's itchy. If it's that widespread, I would have it checked out. ...Read more

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Why do I get so many rashes and acnes on my butt cheek?

Why do I get so many rashes and acnes on my butt cheek?

Irritants?: You are still young enough to have acne flares but frequent rashes makes me think of external irritants. Wash all your underwear/pants in sensitive skin laundry products. Use a body wash destined for acne. Always apply a light layer of eczema cream to the skin after bathing. If you sweat a lot spray and antiperspirant (not deodorant) on the skin in the morning and wash off at end of day. ...Read more

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How can I identify if my baby has heat rash or eczema? Her rashes are red and its flaky on her face, because of dryness her cheek has a small cut now.

How can I identify if my baby has heat rash or eczema? Her rashes are red and its flaky on her face, because of dryness her cheek has a small cut now.

Eczema: Rashes with dry looking, flakes, itchy are likely to be eczema. Heat rash are pinpoint red rash. For eczema you need a good moisturizer. ...Read more

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Hi im tasha I recently started getting small red bumps that look as if there rashes on my face by my forehead and cheek area and it's itchy.

Hi im tasha I recently started getting small red bumps that look as if there rashes on my face by my forehead and cheek area and it's itchy.

Facial rash: Small red bumps on face typically represent a rash. Rashes can be caused by many things such a virus, food allergies, contact allergies and more. If it persists for more than several days I recommend dermatology evaluation. Try to pinpoint what may have caused the rash. Topical corticosteroid creams may help ...Read more

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I see rashes near the eye and also burning sensation at the upper cheek which gives me discomfort. It itches me a lot what is happening to me?

I see rashes near the eye and also burning sensation at the upper cheek which gives me discomfort. It itches me a lot what is happening to me?

Should be seen!: From your brief description I would be concerned about zoster. This could also be some form of dermatitis, maybe a contact dermatitis. However, based on what you have said I really think you should be seen very soon to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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What is a cradle cap?

A common harmless...: ..Condition in babies. It involves yellowish scales on the scalp, and it often involves a certain type of fungus. If can be very mild and require no treatment (it often bothers the mother more than the baby), or more severe. It goes away eventually by itself, or if it's itchy, it can be treated with diluted over the counter dandruff shampoos. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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How can cradle cap be treated?

How can cradle cap be treated?

Yes: You can use mineral oil to loosen the scales and then wash with a gentle baby shampoo. Do not use the products that have lavender or other scents. Use the mineral oil at night and wash hair. Use your fingers to gently loosen the flakes. You can also use a very soft brush after applying the mineral oil to loosen the flakes. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Dr. Jean Stewart
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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp that makes it ...Read more