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Old 01-16-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
 
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My 4 week old has bad baby acne on his face and his forehead stinks like really dirty, unwashed hair. And his face is always shiny (but yet his legs are so dry they're peeling).

I wash him very thoroughly every two days and wash his hair most of those times. He'll smell OK for a couple of hours but turns stinky again shortly after. My daughter never had these issues.

Is this just something they grow out of? Is this unusual? No, I'm not smelling curdled milk in his neck folds. This smells like adult dirty hair.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
 
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Yeah, they grow out of it. One of my babies had stinky armpits! I don't know where that came from, but he did eventually outgrow it...til puberty anyway.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
 
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No - mine has scaly, dry, ashy elephant skin all over his body that no lotion can touch, but his face is fine.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
 
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breastmilk and coconut oil (the unrefined, organic kind). The breastmilk is great for the baby acne and the coconut oil is great for the dry skin.

Mine had it too so between that and the hormone baby boobs I was a freaked out mom.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:20 PM   #5
 
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My son had very dry skin and eczema, so we had to put lotion on him 3-4 times a day. Something about the massive amounts of lotion and baby-ness of him made him stinky--we called him our swamp monkey for awhile. He outgrew it after a couple months, I think.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:52 PM   #6
 
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My daughter had really greasy hair for the first 3 months or so. I would shampoo it, and it would look nice and clean, and then later that day, it would be greasy again. She definitely outgrew it at about 3 months old. I remember being so excited about it. Don't worry about it!
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:54 AM   #7
 
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My little guy has some wicked baby acne right now, plus dandruff on his scalp. He also had swollen nipples, but those seem to be going away now (er, the swelling, not the nipples).
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:12 AM   #8
 
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breastmilk and coconut oil (the unrefined, organic kind). The breastmilk is great for the baby acne and the coconut oil is great for the dry skin.

Mine had it too so between that and the hormone baby boobs I was a freaked out mom.
Oh, between my mama and I he has been oiled, oiled and oiled some more, and we use coconut oil. He smells good but still has dry skin, but it really helped his scalp and seems to have helped him keep his hair.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:46 PM   #9
 
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my babys hair gets greasy really fast. she has dry eczema skin and i grease her up all day every day.

ooh one thing about tha baby acne--majerle had it really bad when she was littler and so i read washing it with a mild soap would help it go away. turns out it wasnt (just) baby acne--she's allergic to baby soap. so we had to toss out all the johnson & johnsons baby crap and get all natural stuff.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:36 PM   #10
 
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I don't use any of that baby scented crap on them. They're supposed to be made gentle for babies, but there's more perfume in those than most products!

I've been using Trader Joes milled soap on Bella.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:43 PM   #11
 
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everytime i see the title of this thread i picture someone greasing up their baby with crisco or something..

sorry.. i just keep getting that weird mental picture
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:56 AM   #12
 
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DS's baby acne went away with time. He also had brutal cradle cap - and with all of his hair, it was fun to deal with. What worked was coating his scalp (and hair) with olive oil and then combing out his hair - it would pick up a lot of the dry skin. Afterwards, we would give him a bath and wash his hair to rinse out the olive oil and flakes. After a few of these treatments, his cradle cap was gone.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:52 PM   #13
 
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Yeah, my little girl has some crazy acne going on too!

Apparently its due to excess maternal pregnancy hormones being passed on to baby. All that extra estrogen gives them the acne and sometimes swollen breasts. It can last as long as 3 months!

I never saw this with DS either.
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