Crust That Looks Oily Wet On The Baby’s Scalp?
Doctor, my 3-month-old son has a red and runny red head on his back and smells fishy. Initially when he was 3 weeks old, the crust on his head became runny, the redness had spread. Already taken to the doctor given ointment, soap, and the same. But it never heals, just dry it. After the pk is completely wet again, can I use it again? R nThank you
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A crust that appears oily wet on a baby's scalp is most likely caused by a condition called cradle cap or infantile seborrheic dermatitis. This condition gives the appearance of skin that is thickened, scaly, yellowish, and looks greasy, most commonly seen on the scalp, but can also be seen on the eyebrows and forehead, ears, nose, and fold area. This condition is quite commonly experienced by infants between the ages of 3 weeks to 12 months (most often experienced by infants 3 months) and generally does not bother the baby because it does not cause any symptoms.
Some other possible causes of lesions on your baby's head include:
fungal infection in the head (tinea capitis) psoriasis atopic dermatitis erosive pustular dermatosis If it is caused by a cradle cap, then this condition will actually improve by itself and at the age of 1 year usually cradle cap is completely gone. The following are some things you can do:
Give lubricants such as petroleum jelly, vegetable oil, or baby oil to the lesion area on the baby's head, leave for a few minutes to several hours, then bathe and clean with baby shampoo. Wash the baby's head with baby shampoo once a day with a soft baby shampoo. Rub with a soft toothbrush or a soft baby brush comb so the lesions thin or not thicker. If the condition does not improve with self-care at home, you see the lesions are expanding, or the baby looks disturbed because of the lesions on the scalp, consult a pediatrician immediately. It is better not to use drugs without checking from a pediatrician first.
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