Wierdness behind his ear

Krystal - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I gave my 15 month old a bath this morning. I noticed behind one ear he had extremely dry flaky skin...and I mean Flaky! Behind the other ear it lookied very similar but also had a lot of scabbing. I have skin issues (dry, sensitive, allergic to nearly everything but I have never had flakes or scabs) What could this be? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Megan - posted on 10/16/2012

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Did u ever find out what it is exactly? Jus looked online today to find out what this could be .My daughter has same thing.Behind her ears it looks split and flaky and red like healing scab.Would like to know if u had to get a prescribed ointment or if u used something in stores to help it or prevent it? Thanks")

Amber - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughter had something similar. We would gently dry the area after her bath and apply vasoline to keep it moisturized.

Thea - posted on 11/10/2009

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Both my kids have it. My doc told me Vasaline helps. Just a little after a bath. I had it as a child as well it was painfull for me. It would crack and bleed. Baby lotion helps as well.

Krystal - posted on 11/07/2009

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Thank you all so much for the advice. The only thing that I think is wierd about all of this is the scabbing. You know how we get scabs and the new skin underneath is pink? Well behind my sons ear its not like that, its just a huge scabby dry area. I will make sure I am rinsing all of the soap off and try some aveeno too. Anymore suggestions are welcome but I think also to be on the safe side I will take him to the doc. I would hate for it to be one of my skin conditions or any allergy and not have it taken care of! Thanks again

Robin - posted on 11/07/2009

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My youngest daughter always had that problem when she was that age and younger. It was associated with her eczema. I just gently flaked away what I could and then put Aveeno baby lotion or Aquaphor on it. She eventually out grew it.

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Lynlee - posted on 11/10/2009

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Our son got that when he was about 6 months old. It smelt a bit unpleasant so i thought I just wasn't washing the area well enough. Washing properly though didn't clear it up and I took him to the doctor. Turned out it was atopic dermatitis (?). We just made sure we washed it with plain water and dried it properly then applied aqueous cream behind there every night. He has grown out of it now that he is three.

Belinda - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son had something similar. I used California Baby diaper area wash behind his ears until it cleared up (about 3 days) and now make a point of washing behind his ears, rinsing and drying the area thoroughly. I haven't had the problem since.

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my daughter had that and it spread over her whole scalp since we live in australia and it's very hot so she gets a sweaty head. it's made her really itchy and has stopped her sleeping, the poor thing. i've stopped using any shampoo on her at all and i just wash her hair with water now. if it has something in it that needs a bit more than water to clean, i just use conditioner instead and rub it into her scalp. it's been about a week and it's almost all gone even though the weather is still awfully hot. her hair is the shiniest its ever been and looks really clean. i guess little kids don't really get oily hair like adults so it's fine.

Maggie - posted on 11/07/2009

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It could just be soap that wasn't washed off after the last bath. Make sure you rinse him really well. Until it heals I would put Neosporin on it.

Amy - posted on 11/07/2009

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it soundslike soap is leftover behind his ears rinse it off with water throughly.my daughter had it to . it might of been from the soap to my daughter has very sensitive skin shes has had it since she was three months old. i took her to the doctors come to find out it was egzemia. they told me to stop using the baby soapand use dove non sented. they also gave me a sab but did not work went to a skin doctor it is hte best person out there for skin problems . she has been clear for awhile now and if you do decide to use lotion use curel that baby stuff does not work. please get back to meif this works .

Mandi - posted on 11/07/2009

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my 18 month old has had skin issues since the first couple months after he was born... after trying many different things we needed up getting him tested for allergic reactions and he has a mild allergy to egg products. I would try some simple things first.. like changing what you wash the child with, try something like aveno baby and put lotion on it and if it doesnt clear up than I would take the child to the dr

Shana - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son has that too. I am thinking it might be a yeast infection. I haven't taken him to the dr. yet, but plan on it since it is not going away. Is it pussy or does it smell? You can try putting baby lotion on it and seeing if it helps.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughters get something like that sometimes if I don't get all the soap washed off behind their ears from their baths/showers. Try wiping the skin with clear water after washing his ears and see if that helps otherwise ask your doctor. Its possible he may have sensitive skin also.

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