Pimples on baby’s head: Have you noticed pimples on your baby’s scalp that aren’t going away? Learn what to do if your baby has pimples on his head.
At first I brushed it off, figuring the pimples on my baby’s scalp would go away on their own. After all, it started off with just one or two pimples, which seemed harmless enough.
But within two weeks, the pimples spread across the entire right side of his scalp. And just as that area would begin to clear up, more appeared on the top of his head.
I’ve dealt with cradle cap—this wasn’t that.
They weren’t signs of baby acne either, like the ones he had on his face as a newborn. I also wondered if the pimples could be related to allergies, especially since we’d introduced solid food not too long ago.
These were actual, popping pimples, like the type an unfortunate teenager would see on his face. Maybe worse, with whiteheads and goo.
Pimples on baby’s head: What to do
I did what I always do when I worry and can’t figure out what to do: I called my baby’s pediatrician. I described the symptoms, hoping she’d just tell me what medicine to get at the pharmacy.
Instead, she wanted him to come in for an appointment—that same day. She ruled out baby acne which, at five-months-old, my little guy was too old to have (besides, baby acne doesn’t appear on the scalp). Instead, she was afraid he might have an infection.
She was right.
Turned out, my baby had a staph infection on his scalp. The infection was due to bacteria on his scalp and was thankfully only topical, nothing due to internal issues.
Now that I knew my baby had a staph infection, these were the steps our pediatrician instructed us to do:
1. Apply Neosporin
Even before our pediatrician saw my baby in her office, she recommended applying Neosporin (affiliate link) on the pimples until they go away. The Neosporin can help contain more bacterial growth and keep your baby comfortable.
2. Take oral antibiotics
My baby needed to take prescription drops of antibiotics because the pimples on his scalp was a staph infection. In his case, we gave the medicine over the course of five days.
3. Keep your baby cool
Our pediatrician suspected the staph infection actually began as a heat rash that got worse. The weather had been hot, so she told us to keep him only in a diaper and avoid blankets or hats.
We also closed our curtains to keep sunlight out and stuck to indoor outings instead of those out in the sun.
Tip: Describe the symptoms to your child’s pediatrician
Your first move should always be to give your pediatrician a call. Because every baby is different, pimples on one baby’s head may not mean a staph infection as it could on another.
Describe the symptoms, including:
- When you noticed the pimples first began
- How many pimples did you see when it started
- How many pimples are there now on his head
- What the pimples look like
- Whether the pimples are getting worse or moving to new areas
It’s hard not to worry when you see pimples on your baby’s scalp, especially since he’s so tiny. You might even feel guilty like I did, reviewing all the things you should’ve done to avoid a staph infection.
But we’ll all face concerns with our children, from simple scrapes to visits to the doctor. Be proactive instead. Call your baby’s pediatrician and keep her updated on any concerns or progress you might see. Follow all her instructions and make your baby as comfortable as you can.
Seeing pimples on your baby’s scalp, especially if they continue to spread, is never easy. But by taking proactive measures and contacting your pediatrician, you’ll help your baby heal from those pimples once and for all.
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