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Child has bald spots on the head that seem to be red and tender. No relief with cradle cap shampoo. Possible causes?

My 8 year old son has two spots on his head that hair has fallen out and now the spots look red and tender, he had cradle cap as a baby. I was just wondering if this could be something else, i have tried the cradle cap shampoo but this has not helped. I have also tried different shampoos that are for dry scalp but this also has done nothing. I was washing his hair just now and the one spot looked red and when i touched it he said it hurt please help?
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Thank you for your query.

A spot on the scalp from where hair have fallen and which is red and painful to touch should be shown to a doctor. It appears to be an infection and needs to be treated. It could be the start of a fungal infection and is amenable to treatment. Shampoos are not going to be effective on them.

I hope I have responded to your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son all the best.


Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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