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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

Dr. Jean Stewart
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Cradle Cap (Definition)

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

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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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Redness or scales on face or diaper area?

What is the definition or description of: Redness or scales on face or diaper area?

Face/diaper scaly: Often from wetness, or sweating, scaly
rash appears on the body and in babies
with diaper rash, yeast. You can apply
OTC Lotrimin cr 1% twice a day until the scales
resolve, 1-2 months. If not better after treatment,
see Derm MD for further clarification. ...Read more

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I have a small red patch with scales on the crown of my head what could it be?

I have a small red patch with scales on the crown of my head what could it be?

Scales on crown: Could be eczema, psoriasis, demodex, or a variant of pityriasis: see dermatologist for evaluation. Diluted tea tree oil may help if due to demodex. ...Read more

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I sucked on a bottle cap and now I have red rings on my face. What happened? What should I do?

I sucked on a bottle cap and now I have red rings on my face. What happened? What should I do?

Bruising: This is likely bruising. Intense suction can cause swelling, inflammation and bruising, similar to a "hickey." You can ice the area to help with swelling and take motrin if it's painful. Arnica products may help to speed the healing of the bruise, but it should improve with time. ...Read more

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I have a red bump with a bit of yellow in center. It's like scales. Under the rim of my penis head. I have forskin so when I pull the skin back there is a little rash of where the bump lays when skin is not pulled back. It doesn't hurt but it is itchy so

I have a red bump with a bit of yellow in center. It's like scales. Under the rim of my penis head. I have forskin so when I pull the skin back there is a little rash of where the bump lays when skin is not pulled back. It doesn't hurt but it is itchy so

Pimples in glands: Direct clinical examination is required. A red bump is an infection, ANT may be required.
A plain pimple, is usually present in 10-20 % of the male population, sometimes 2-4 may be present.
They require no treatment. Some patients however, may request therapy to alleviate anxiety or for aesthetic reasons. Ablation using carbon dioxide laser, ...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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How can I reduce my face marks nd redness in my face without using high cost medicine?

How can I reduce my face marks nd redness in my face without using high cost medicine?

Cheap alternatives: I understand you have already been treated for acne scars. I trust topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you. Even in a dysfunctional health care system, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline shouldn't be cost-prohibitive and might be the best "cheap" option. ...Read more

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I think my 6 month has cradle cap. How do I fix it? Did I cause this and how do I prevent it?

I think my 6 month has cradle cap. How do I fix it? Did I cause this and how do I prevent it?

Cradle cap: Best to massage scalp for several days with baby oil, then gently remove the scale with a brushing with baby brush. If that doesn't clear it up, shampoo scalp once a week with a tar based shampoo. The one I like best is Neutrogena Tar Shampoo. You did not cause the cradle cap - it is a seborrhea of the scalp, which is skin condition common in babies. To prevent, tar shampoo scalp every other week ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of adults cradle cap?

MEDICALLY KNOWN AS: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common infant condition. However, adults can get it (dandruff) as well.
Treatment is a shampoo with salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, coal tar or zinc pyrithione. Use daily for a week or so, then cut it to 2-3 times a week. Leave it in place for 5 mins or so after gently massaging the scalp, then rinse. ...Read more

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How do I speed the process of clearing the redness from my face due to garlic?

How do I speed the process of clearing the redness from my face due to garlic?

Not likely to be: Due to garlic. Garlic does not usually cause redness. If the redness is bothersome you should consult your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of the redness in my face?

How can I get rid of the redness in my face?

Lasers: Redness is caused by blood vessels in the face. Shrinking the blood vessels with lasers can help decrease the red appearance. Lasers which treat blood vessels include: ktp, nd:yag, pulsed dye, intense pulsed light (ipl). Sun and meds that increase sensitivity to the sun (ie: retin-a, certain oral antibiotics, accutane) exacerbate redness. ...Read more

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What can I use for cradle cap in babies scalp?

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 more

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How to treat redness and dry skin on the face?

How to treat redness and dry skin on the face?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Best ways of getting rid of redness on the face?

Best ways of getting rid of redness on the face?

Many causes: Red cheeks can be a sign of sunburn, rosacea, cellulitis, acne, lupus, side effects of medications (flushing symptoms), dermatitis due to topical preparations/soaps/lotions, signs of viral infection (exanthems), just to name a few. Get to a doctor so they can look at this and begin to tender a diagnosis. Only then could a proper recommendation and/or treatment be made to get rid of the redness. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for cradle cap?

GP/FP/Ped/Nspract: Cradle cap is a common issue in early infancy & is easily managed by knowledgable health professionals in several fields. ...Read more

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Is OTC cortison safe for the newborns for cradle cap?

Is OTC cortison safe for the newborns for cradle cap?

Not known: Scalp is very richly supplied with vessels so there will be some systemic penetration. Safer to use baby shampoo. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend to help with redness on my face?

What would doctors recommend to help with redness on my face?

Multiple: Redness on the face may be caused by many things. Possible causes could be histamine sensitivities, alcohol sensitivities, sensitivity to heat and/or cold and/or you may have the condition called rosacea (inflammation of the blood vessels in the face). You may just have prominent blood vessels which may respond to laser treatment. Rosacea usually responds well to prescription medications. ...Read more