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Infant having frequent scabs on the ear, doesn't have a habit of scratching. Cause?

My 7 month old keeps getting scabs in her right ear. I have never seen her put her hands in her ear or scratch . She doesn t get scratches on her face or other parts of her body. The scabs are tiny and appear in different places. This has been happening for about 1 month. I recently had her into her pediatrician and she looked at them very briefly w/ the otoscope and said that she had just scratched herself. I really don t believe that is the case though. Any idea what could be causing this? She is healthy otherwise except for the runny nose that she has also had for about a month and for which I took her to the pediatrician aforementioned. Thanks.
Asked On : Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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Hi there. Thank you for posting your question with Healthcaremagic. I will do my best to help you.

I'm inclined to go along with your pediatrician, at least to the extent of implying that whatever these scabs are they are hardly serious and almost certainly your baby will out-live them.

They could be a mild dermatitis or eczema. If they effect the side that she tends to lie on then one would wonder if there might be something in her pillow or detergent used to wash it to which she in sensitive. A bit of detective work may be called for.

A very mild steroid cream like Hydrocortisone 0.5% would almost certainly clear them off if you continue to worry.

I hope that I have answered your questions fully and been of some help. If you have anymore questions please contact me again anytime.

Dr Andrew Rynne.

Answered: Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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