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Old 03-18-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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My friend was saying how her sons head always has a bad smell. He is 2 months old, full head of hair, and no visible cradle cap. She washes him and as soon as his hair is dry she says his head stinks again. I am stumped. Have any of you heard of anything like this?

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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I will add that he is breastfed.
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My SO always complained that DS's head smelled when he was tiny b/c he would always snuggle up into my armpit .
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Has she checked in his neck folds and behind his ears for accumulated breast milk? One of my girls literally made cheese in her neck folds and she wasn't even that chubby.
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Has she checked in his neck folds and behind his ears for accumulated breast milk? One of my girls literally made cheese in her neck folds and she wasn't even that chubby.
Yes! My aunt was telling me that my cousin was smelly until she realized that when she nursed milk was dribbling into her ear and just sitting there.
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My SO always complained that DS's head smelled when he was tiny b/c he would always snuggle up into my armpit .
I was going to suggest this, but didn't want to expose my mom stink to everybody. After birth I had serious pit reek that I didn't notice except on their heads.

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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Re: stinky baby head.

Does your friend eat gluten? This is weird but DS2 has always had a yeasty smell on the top of his head. My neighbor is a super smart natural mama and she mentioned that it's common with kids that have gluten allergies/sensitivities. DS2 had cradle cap on and off most of his life and I tried several natural remedies but it continued to return. Last week our pediatrician said I needed to try an anti-dandruff shampoo and if that didn't work she'd have to prescribe something because it could potentially be fungal. Fortunately after 3 washes the smell and flakes are totally gone. Even DH commented on how great he smells. It's worth trying something gentle like coconut oil or the Gentle Naturals cradle cap shampoo to see if that helps. DS2 eats minimal gluten now but I ate a TON when I was breastfeeding...I'm curious if there's any truth to that theory.
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Some babies have a foul stage. After sweating. It's a real strong yucky smell. But it's usually much later. Hmmm
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Re: stinky baby head.

I also suggest checking neck folds and crevices in case it's hiding old milk. My DD would dribble milk all over at times and had a funny smell so I would wipe her down frequently so she wasn't stinky.
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Has she checked in his neck folds and behind his ears for accumulated breast milk? One of my girls literally made cheese in her neck folds and she wasn't even that chubby.
Yes! Dd despised baths as a baby and because she had bad eczema it was a pain to give her one because she'd scratch as soon as she was naked. Between her spitting up and her messy eating, her ears and neck would start stinking. Because she was such a messy eater and I have an over active letdown she would smell pretty quickly after her bath as well. But it was always her ears and neck cheese....
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