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Infant, red tiny pimples surrounded with reddish skin on the body scalp with dandruff, pimples turn to skin color and get red on bathing. Confusion over eczema, dermatitis, monilial spots. What can be done?

My 7 week old baby has lots and lots red tiny pimples surrounded by reddish skin on her forehead , cheeks ,neck and shoulders. She also has reddish patches on her scalp with little dandruff . These pimples change to skin color with time but becomes red again on bathing. Same with the reddish patches on the head. One of the doctors i showed her to said it was eczema and dermatitis. Since I wanted a second opinion I consulted another doc and was told it is monilial spots and stork marks. Since the advice is so different I am wondering what to do, although both needs to be managed with moisture and temperature control?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Smitha,

The cause for your baby's condition can be either Eczema or monilial spots or just a sensitive skin.

It is too early to start any medications on her as she is just 7 weeks old.

Please hold on for some time.

My advice for you is use a very mild water to bath her, it is advisable not to use any soap or soap lotion on her now. Give her bath with just plain water.

Use Johnson and Johnson baby oil to moisturizer her skin.

Wait until she is 1 year old to go ahead with the diagnosis and management of her present condition.

She should be fine soon.

Answered: Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Rajeev Chavda's  Response
Hi Smitha,
Welcome to HCM,
I have read your query and it is quite normal with regards to the high humidity and pollution for your baby to be getting eczema and dermatitis. Both your doctors have mentioned with regards to the condition or presentation of dermatitis. As rightly mentioned the best is to maintain hygiene and keep the baby in a less humid and less hot environment and ensure that the skin is well moistened with moisturizers to improve the skin barrier function. If there is any aggravation of the symptoms then will request you to kindly discuss with your physican.
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