baby acne / cradel cap

Tiffany - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 1 month old son has started breaking out every where. in is hair, on his face in and behind his ears, the back of his neck, and on his shoulders. everyone keeps telling me this happens to a lot of babies and it goes away with time but it still bothers me. i was just wondering if any one else has been through this and does anyone have any advice to help me cope with it or anything that can help it go away faster.

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User - posted on 10/30/2008

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My 5 month old did the same thing when she was a month old. I bought California Baby Tea Tree and Lavender Shampoo and Bodywash - which seemed to help with both the acne and the cradle cap. Re: heat rash - I used Balmex on it - which got rid of the "red." My first daughter did not have any of these issues - but perhaps it was b/c she was born in a cold weather month - whereas my second was born the end of May - when it started getting hot. It does go away - don't worry.

Mindee - posted on 11/05/2008

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I have a 1 month old too, and I've noticed that she starts to break out a little in the mornings due to spit up, milk or sweat getting on her and not being washed off. I've found it helps to gently wipe off her face, neck and ears with a warm wash cloth every morning. And be sure that when you wash you baby's hair you rinse it thoroughly of all soap.

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Stephanie - posted on 11/07/2008

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Baby acne is different from cradle cap. My baby had both. She had acne between 4 and 8 weeks, and it cleared up on its own. I just made sure I washed her face gently with a warm, damp washcloth a few times a day to keep it clean of bacteria. For the cradle cap (thick, yellow scaly stuff on the scalp and eyebrows), I rubbed mineral oil into her hair, and brushed gently in circles with a toothbrush, then washed her hair. It, too, will pass.

Laura - posted on 11/07/2008

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Yes my son was covered to the point i would joke and say he was a turning into an alligator. His was thick and yellow almost like scales everyone told me not to worry it goes away bla bla.... I couldn't take it so i tried everything.



1) try baby oil grease him up really good let it sit for a little bit to loosen it up then brush it in a circle movement (this can be a little messy) don't be to gentle after brushing bath your baby to remove the oil then brush again try this for about two weeks



if still not better like my son you can move to what i found to be the best treatment get a gentle moisturizing dandruff shampoo ( i used head and shoulders dry scalp) use just a little like normal shampoo you need to be extra careful of eyes (works for hair/head/ear ect) wash out make sure when washing hair you get out all the soap (soap residue makes it worse) and don't over bath your baby no more then three times a week washing also makes it worse

Kerri - posted on 11/05/2008

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First thing.. DON'T PICK IT!!!! It used to kill me to have these little "whiteheads" on my perfect little boy.... but it can cause scaring. I actually used Eucerine, Aquafor. That stuff is a miracle for a lot of things!!! As far as the cradle cap.. Use baby oil and gently massage the areas with your fingernails or a baby brush.. that should help. It got rid of my son's case in about 3-4 days.

Jamie - posted on 11/05/2008

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My baby had the acne as well,on her face and scalp, it all cleared up around week 5. I was advised to wash her face and hair with water, and be patient. Hang in there, it does go away.

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2008

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I would not put anything on it as it is more likely that using creams or lotions will increase the risk of adding an allergic reaction to the mix. It will go away on its own in the vast majority of cases. I promise.

Kimberly - posted on 10/30/2008

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When my baby was a little over a week old she developed a rash on her face for about a week or so....took her to the MD and it turns out it was a heat rash!! I started dressing her down at night in just a short sleeved onesie with a swaddle and it went away almost as quickly as the next day!! Go figure~

Silk - posted on 10/30/2008

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sounds like it could be baby exzema hun, they more than likely grow out of it, some carry on to childhood. my son is 16 and was told it was baby exzema lol try a wheat bath, it soothes the skin and helps with flair ups xxx

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2008

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my girls both had this and my doctor told me it was a hormonal rash and was normal he told me its just all the hormones settling down and he was right it cleared up in a couple of weekss but it got real bad i was worried but it cleared up and it has not come back since and with the cradel cap my daughter has a lot of it what i do i get a comb and loosen the dead skin up gentley then give her a bath and rub baby oil into it and that seams to help alot also to it could be the shampoo you might be useing i find if i use shampoo for every bath it make it worse so maybe wash the hair every second bath i hope everything works out ok for you

Elizabeth - posted on 10/29/2008

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My DD had a really bad case of baby acne that was all over her face, scalp, ears, neck, shoulders, chest and even at the bend of her arms (elbow). The ped gave her an antibiotic to prevent infection (it was oozing around her mouth from the paci rubbing) and we were told to rub A & D ointment on it. Worked great and went away after a few weeks. Baby acne is very common. So is baby eczema. My DD also gets super dry red patches, which we treat with baby eczema lotion.

Stacey - posted on 10/29/2008

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Are you sure it is baby Acne/Cradel Cap. My son broke out very badly around 1 month and it wouldn't go away and got worse. I kept going to the doctor and finally to a pediatric dermotologist and he ended up having ezema.

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