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Baby has "Musty" Scalp Smell

I just had my 5th child.  She is 8 months.   She has a "musty" odor to her scalp no matter how or how often I she is bathed. Clean bedding.  Her diet is fairly similar to all the other childrens' diets when they were her age, other than she is on soy formula rather than being nursed or on milk formula.  She was screened for PKU  - negative.  Any possibilities regarding causes to her "musty" scalp?  
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563773 tn?1374246539
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Hello,
Two possibilities are there for your symptoms. First of all, hormonal changes may lead to excess oil produced by the oil glands in your scalp. This causes the harmless bacteria that live in the scalp to proliferate and feed off the oil, which produces the odor.

Second possibility is of a fungal infection causing tinea capitis.It is contagious and can spread direct contact with someone who has the condition, or if you touch contaminated items such as combs, hats, clothing, or similar surfaces. Diagnosis is by clinical examination of the scalp as well as a skin lesion biopsy with microscopic examination.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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