A.M. asks from Manasquan, NJ on June 05, 2008
Dry Skin Behind 5 Month Olds Ears?
at 3 weeks old, i notice some thick crusty skin behind my daughters ears. to be honest, i thought it was just left mucous from birth since it was only her 2nd bath. i rubbed it away and thought it was fine. well a few weeks after, it was there again. i rubbed it away again in the bath and started checking daily. well it comes back in about 3-4 days. its thick, yellowy, rough skin in the fold behind each ear. the skin below seems very red. she did cry one time when my husband rubbed at it without being wet(what was he thinking!) and occasionally it seems like she MIGHT be itching it on my arm while nursing. it looks like it would hurt. i asked the pediatrician and she thought it was from not rinsing the shampoo from behind her ears. i know thats not the case as she always had it, only gets baths like every 3 days buts its always there, and i now rinse like crazy and it makes no difference.
any idea what it is and why its happening? do you think its good to rub it away in the bath? i use aquaphor now(pediatrician suggested also) but is there anything else to try? she said to stay away from creams and instead use gels like aquaphor but im not seeing a change. thansk so much
So What Happened?™
thanks so much everyone for all the advice. i had no idea it was so common, and its good to know there is a good chance it will go away.
i had only ever seen eczema one time on my friends daughter but it was just red and blotchy, and then when i asked the pediatrician, she didnt believe it was anything other than me not rinsing the shampoo off(and i use an organic, all natural wash thats very mild).
im going to look into some things mentioned here, and if there is no improvment, ill go see a dermatologist since my doctor doesnt seem too familiar. my daughter did have cradle cap pretty bad!
thanks again for everyones advice! im glad im not alone!
A.V. answers from New York on June 13, 2008
You know, my daughter had the same thing, maybe a milder case, and I used to just wash it and put a little A&D on. I also read in my baby book that it's seborrheic dermatitis and sometimes a little hydrocortisone cream can help. Hang in there!
L.S. answers from Buffalo on June 07, 2008
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P.C. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
I heard that it is just some mild secretion from glands that we all have behind there. It eventually goes away. Just keeping cleaning it mildly... I also heard thats where the saying "Don't forget to clean behind the ears" comes from... since most of us have some sort of secretion behind there when we are babies... Just what I have heard about it.
U.H. answers from Rochester on June 06, 2008
Hi A.- My son has this too. His pediatrician gave me a prescription for Desonide to put on it to keep it away. So we'd put a little behind the ears after his baths. On non-bath days, I would just keep an eye on it, and clean behind the ears with a cloth and apply it if needed. He is 2 now and I occasionally still use it behind 1 ear. It works very well, and it is an inexpensive Rx. Best of luck!
Y.B. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
My daughter had that on her eyebrows and the dr warned that she might develop it behind her ears too. She told me to put on a little 1% hydrocordizone cream 2x a day after washing and drying the area. She said it's eczema.
D.M. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
I see you got a lot of advice already, but just wanted to let you know my son had it too, and he outgrew it (he's 2 now). It makes good habits though, I still am very thorough cleaning behind his ears, and I always put lotion behind there during the full body massage I give him after every bath. When he had it Vaseline is what worked for me in keeping it under control. I don't remember when exactly he outgrew it, but it should go away.
J.F. answers from Buffalo on June 06, 2008
My 6 year old had this. With her it turned out to just be dry skin build up. Babies are so new that their skin cells grow at amazing rates.
It is much like cradle cap. A little baby oil rubbed on or dabbed on will help it loosen, then fall off. Don't worry about scrubbing it away, just in case it is a skin reaction to something.
If it is just cradle cap (which sometimes even reaches the eybrows!), don't worry, it will go away on its' own eventually. If it is a skin condition, you will notice that it gets worse and spreads to other areas of the body. I think you're doing great by keeping up with it and taking the advice of your ped.
M.B. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
The first thing I thought was psoriasis. When I was a baby that was the only place I had it for many years. I don't know if I was diagnosed at such a young age with psoriasis, but that is what it was. Maybe bring that up to your dr and if he takes no action or says no, bring her to a dermatologist. They will know immediately!
I.G. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
Hi A.. Two of my boys had the same thing. And in the winter sometimes it would crack and bleed. No matter how much creams and lotions I used they still had that behind their ears. If it got really bad I would rub in a dot of neosporin. When I asked the DR. about it she said some kids just have that problem. And told me to keep doing what I was doing. My oldest had dry skin behind his ears until he was over a year old. I was talking to a friend one day about it (her kids are much older than mine) and her children's doctors gave the same advice. What might help too is instead of cream or lotion use vegetable glycerine. You can buy it at a health food store. It may be used topically or internally. It is great stuff. Use it on dry skin and rashes. Hope I helped.
M.H. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
sounds like it may be eczema. my son gets it from time to time. mostly around his ears and by his nose. i use aquaphor (it really works well) or on particularly bad days, hydrocortizone 1%. try to limit baths too to maybe 2-3 times a week as the water seems to dry out the skin more. what baby wash do you use? our pediatrician recommended baby aveeno and that's what we use for my son -- works pretty well. ask your ped if it may be eczema and what could be causing it. good luck!
A.H. answers from New York on June 06, 2008
I have this too.. and I am 45. Vaseline is the best for this.. it really works for me.. good luck with the baby...