Question: Why does my baby’s head smell sour?

Why does my baby’s head stink?

Any foul odor from your baby’s head or scalp is never normal. “When hair follicles are clogged or infected they release a strong odor,” says Joel Gator Warsh, MD, of Integrative Pediatrics and Medicine, Studio City, CA, and part of the pediatric staff of Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

What causes sour smelling scalp?

Fungal infection

A smelly scalp could be the result of a fungus that lives on the skin. This fungus can cause inflammatory reactions like folliculitis, dandruff, and eczema.

Does cradle cap smell sour?

Cradle cap does not normally smell. If your baby has cradle cap and there is a sour smell, this may be a sign that there is a fungal infection that requires further treatment. If this is the case your health visitor or family doctor will be able to provide some advice if any special treatment is required.

How far away can a baby smell its mother?

One of my favorite things to do is show mothers how their baby can smell them from as far away as one to two feet.

Why does my baby smell even after a bath?

This smell is due to bacteria, sweat, and hormone changes. And as long as your child doesn’t have any other signs of puberty, and they’re under the age of eight, it’s not a concern. Puberty can hit any time after the age of eight, so the armpits can smell from then on.

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What is TMAU?

Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) is an uncommon condition that causes an unpleasant, fishy smell. It’s also called “fish odour syndrome“. Sometimes it’s caused by faulty genes that a person inherits from their parents, but this isn’t always the case.

What does smelly scalp smell like?

Smelly Scalp: Common Causes

You might notice a smell similar to sour milk, cheese, or dirty socks emanating from your scalp.

Does cradle cap make babies head smell?

With mild cradle cap cases, you probably won’t notice an odor. However, if your little one is dealing with a severe case of cradle cap, it’s normal to detect a slight oily scent. This is due to the buildup of oil on your baby’s scalp.