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

Answered by
Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 09, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 17, 2019

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.



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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.


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



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I had a look at the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It may be due to allergy or dryness.

  1. Please avoid any eyeliners, cosmetics, powders, etc. If skin is too dry, avoid powders and other irritants.
  2. Use mild soaps or moisturizing soaps or Cetaphil cleanser.
  3. After bath use moisturizing cream and in evening you may use Ponds cold cream or Cetraben or Emoderm cream.
  4. If needed mild topical steroids such as Eumosone (Clobetasol) can be used after consulting your doctor.

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?



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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.

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