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My baby has flaky white patches on forehead. What can it be?

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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At February 9, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 27, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My baby is four months old. He has white patches on his forehead and around his eyes. They are flaky and little skin peels off. I am much worried. Please help.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It may be due to seborrheic dermatitis (itchy red rash with flaky scales) or atopic dermatitis or simple dryness. Please consult a dermatologist for examination and management. Use mild soap or cleanser for face wash. You can also use a moisturizer.

Patient's Query

Hello,

Thank you for the reply.

Please can you check the photos of my baby and suggest treatment accordingly.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I had a look at the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It may be due to allergy or dryness. Please avoid any eyeliners, cosmetics, powders, etc. If skin is too dry, avoid powders and other irritants. Use mild soaps or moisturizing soaps or Cetaphil cleanser. After bath use moisturizing cream and in evening you may use Ponds cold cream or Cetraben or Emoderm cream. If needed mild topical steroids such as Eumosone (Clobetasol) can be used after consulting your doctor.

    Patient's Query

    Thank you doctor.

    Is this normal or something to worry? Will it get cured? I am much worried about the baby. It also seems to spread. Are there any chances of other skin disorder?

    Hello,

    Welcome back to icliniq.com.

    It is not a serious disease to worry. It will subside. But, there are chances of recurrence depending on whether it is due to allergy or irritation. See that there is no irritation. Consult your dermatologist if it does not subside.

    Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

    Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra
    Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

    Dermatology

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