Can anyone help me figure out what skin condition this is on my baby girl's head??

Dianne - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi all; my daughter is three months old and she's my third baby...my other two children are ages 4 and almost 2. My baby girl has these raised, red scaly patches all over the back of her little bald head. I've never seen anything like that with my other two children when they were babies; they both had cradle cap and so does she, but they never had the red patches. Could it be some type of eczema? They don't really seem to bother her, from what I can tell. She seems to have awfully sensitive skin all the way around though; she's had an angry red patch of chapped skin on her left cheek for about a month now and it comes and goes, peels and forms all over again, and the skin on the rest of her body is just very dry, no matter how much lotion I use. Anyway I have tried Aquaphor, Eucerin, and just regular baby lotion on her cheek and it seems to work for awhile then the chap returns...and now these spots on her head. If I didn't know better, they almost seem like mosquito bites, from the way they're raised...but it's still winter here in New England! :) Any ideas on what it is, and suggestions on how to treat it?

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Trish - posted on 03/24/2011

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I was gonna say Cradle Cap too...it sounds like it...instead of all those creams & lotions you are using, try some coconut oil or baby oil that's not perfumed (something gentle and organic). Keep oiling the the back of her head. For the rest of her body use the oil every bath time and occasional nappy change.Sometimes cradle cap can spread to the face...but I'm not too sure about the cheek though. Also check what kinda of soap you use to wash her it might be too harsh for her skin and also what kind of detergent you use to wash her clothes and blankets. Also another thing you could check is she too hot at night when she sleeps. Might be heat rash as well. But I recommended coconut oil....or any natural organic oil for her skin. It's the best.

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