From: Professor of sour cabbage soup on
My 1 year 3 month old son has some strange discharge behind the
ear. That's not from inside the ear, it is from behind the ear, in a
crevice where the skin of the outer ear meets the back of the
head. The discharge dries to a substance that looks like dried egg
yolk. The kid is not scratching that area, and looks generally
happy. I cleaned that area with water and dried with tissue paper, but
the discharge continues and that area stays wet.

Should I worry, and is there a medical term that I should read about.

-Poscs
From: deja.blues on

"Professor of sour cabbage soup" <einstein(a)aol.com> wrote in message
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> My 1 year 3 month old son has some strange discharge behind the
> ear. That's not from inside the ear, it is from behind the ear, in a
> crevice where the skin of the outer ear meets the back of the
> head. The discharge dries to a substance that looks like dried egg
> yolk. The kid is not scratching that area, and looks generally
> happy. I cleaned that area with water and dried with tissue paper, but
> the discharge continues and that area stays wet.
>
> Should I worry, and is there a medical term that I should read about.
>
> -Poscs

It sounds like seborrheic dermatitis, which is similar to cradle cap, but
commonly appears behind the ears, in the naso-labial folds, and the
eyebrows, and can plague adults as well as children. It flares up in the
winter, gets better in the summer, and is more common in fair-skinned
people.

Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by a yeast , so shampoos like Nizoral or
T-gel will help, or a doctor can prescribe a cream.



From: Mary_Gordon on
I think you are right about it being seborrheic dermatitis or even
common ezcema - but heck, it doesn't have to do with yeast.

Mine (and my kids) clears right up with a little cortisone (which I
wouldn't put on my kids unless the doctor agreed).

Mary G.

From: Chris on
On Mar 11, 8:26?pm, Professor of sour cabbage soup <einst...(a)aol.com>
wrote:
> My 1 year 3 month old son has some strange discharge behind the
> ear. That's not from inside the ear, it is from behind the ear, in a
> crevice where the skin of the outer ear meets the back of the
> head. The discharge dries to a substance that looks like dried egg
> yolk. The kid is not scratching that area, and looks generally
> happy. I cleaned that area with water and dried with tissue paper, but
> the discharge continues and that area stays wet.
>
> Should I worry, and is there a medical term that I should read about.
>
> -Poscs

I've only seen it once personally in older kids; they were my mom's
best friend's kids. My mom cleared it up with good washings behind the
ears and applications of baby oil there with Q-tips nightly. My one-
year-old will get a rash there if I don't apply either Baby oil or
Eucerin there at least every other day or two. Good luck. My mom tried
to tell me to put the baby oil behind the ears when I had my first
baby, but I skipped it for a while once thinking it would probably not
really matter and that it was an honored tradition only that she was
trying to pass down. He then developed a little crack back there,
despite me washing behind the ears, and that yellow gunk you speak of.

From: Anne Rogers on

> Pityrosporum Ovale, a yeast organism, is associated with seborrheic
> dermatitis. Corticosteroids can sometimes worsen this condition, and
> damage the skin.
> It never really goes away. You can keep it under control, somewhat, but it
> tends to flare up again and again, throughout ones lifetime.

either way, I'd start by just being vigilent in washing, using something non
drying, like dove, rather than plain soap, if that doesn't help then add a
smidgen of something softening after washing, like vaseline, or olive oil,
then next wash be a little more vigorous to get rid of some of the flakes,
then repeat. Thorough washing mostly keeps it away, though it can be a
problem in glasses wearers because there is constantly something there and
even the slightest bit of sweat can block things up and keep it happening.

Anne