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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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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Cradle cap is a common, harmless condition affecting babies where there is a yellow, scaly, dry ...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 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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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. ...Read more

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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

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What's the oldest age that you might still see some cradle cap on the scalp or baby acne on the face?

What's the oldest age that you might still see some cradle cap on the scalp or baby acne on the face?

6 months: The sweat and oil glands in the newborn need to develop and mature. During this process they can produce effects that appear as cradle cap and "acne". This maturing varies a lot. Most infants mature within a couple months. If signicant effects persist beyond 6 months, further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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What is cradle cap, and how long does it take to get rid of it on a 3-month old little baby?

What is cradle cap, and how long does it take to get rid of it on a 3-month old little baby?

Cradle cap: Also known as seborrhea capitis. Think of it as baby dandruff. Often there will be some small red bumps on the scalp and around the ears. There may be yellow scale in the scalp. Traditional treatment is to apply mineral oil to the yellow crust, massage for a while, then comb out. Wash hair after. Treat several x a week. For severe case consult a doctor. Usually goes away in a few months. ...Read more

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What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

Confirm diagnosis : Sometimes I'll use a mild topical hydrocortisone. I would however see his pediatrician before using any medication on an infant. Rash could be a skin infection with bacteria or a yeast as well. Need to have the diagnosis confirmed. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

Oil it up: A good safe remedy for that is baby oil applied to the area, it will help clear it up! ...Read more

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Cradle cap, what should I do to clear it up?

Cradle cap, what should I do to clear it up?

Olive oil: A soak with olive oil can help. If it resistant an Aspirin can be crushed and suspended in the olive oil to form a weak acid in oil which will loosen the dried sebum. ...Read more