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Old 09-19-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

Let me start by saying none of my three older children have ever had baby acne nor do we have food allergies but three weeks ago I notice Harper had a little patch of red bumps behind her ear on her neck. I thought maybe it was from a little milk pooling or spit up or something but its spreading for three weeks. Its now over her cheeks, neck, ears, her scalp, and the very tops of her back and chest. She isnt bothored by it at all but I took her to the dr to get it checked anyway. He said its cradle cap on the skin?? I didnt even know this was possible... It looks like acne in the photos but there are many spots mostly where the skin folds (at the base of the ear...) where its rougher and scaly...

He told me it would just go away in three or four months (!!) but is there nothing I can do for this sooner than that? Is anyone else newbs looking this way? Its still spreading....

Here is the best pic I could get...it really looks more severe IRL.


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Old 09-19-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

My son looks like that. you can wipe it with that cool damp cloth and apply breastmilk. it's the most natural treatment for it and it will work but it does need to run its course. it's just like a form of baby acne and it will take a while to clear up. That being sad it lasts differently for every baby so It could definitely clear up in less than 3 to 4 months
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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I will try that. It just so rough and bumpy, I hope it doesnt continue to spread.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:57 PM   #4
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

My dd had it really bad too, it looked a lot like eczema. I put some coconut oil on it and that helped. I also found that it was worse when I wore her in hot humid weather. It comes back a little bit whenever I wear her now. Both of her cheeks were covered in angry red scales. it was so bad. try the oil! or even olive oil should help too.

ps: she was born 5/24, and it's been gone now for at least 2 months.
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Thanks mama! I have coconut oil, I will try it.
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

Looks just like what Hattie had! I was told it was a heat rash though (it would get worse in the Moby or in car trips). She still has a bit on her back (under her neck) and on her chest. I tried oil, and it didn't work for her. You know what worked? A teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl of warm water. Stir until the baking soda dissolves. Then use a washcloth soaked and ring it out. Then pat on the skin. (don't rub) It worked GREAT! It was pretty much gone (on her face) by the next day. It helps tremendously!

I doubt it will take 2-3 months to go away. I'm sure it's also just heat-induced. Try the baking soda. Hope it gets better soon!
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Thanks, mama! I will also give that a try!
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

OK just realized that little man has the same thing! Update? Our DR said it was infantigo, gave us some antibiotics. I don't think that's what it was but have been giving him the antibiotics anyways, against my better judgement.... His eyebrow area is flakey too. but the eczema cream seems to help with that part. haven't been able to get rid of the acne looking stuff. Going to try the bs and coconut oil too.
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

Levi's eczema looks like this. I've been putting cj's butter on it and it is looking much better.
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Re: Baby Acne or Cradle Cap on the face??

Harpers is clearing though it isnt gone. Her face looks better to me but the rough skin is still there. I tried coconut oil and it didnt help, tried CJs and no progress. I have started using Aquaphor creme on it once a day to help soften the skin and it seems to make a little difference.

She still has the red dots on her upper back and arms...those havent gone away.
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