Any suggestions on a good way to get rid of cradle cap?

Emily - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 100 moms have responded )

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My little one has "baby dandruff" aka cradle cap. I've tried this stuff that has winnie the pooh on the bottle but it smells nasty once it is on. I'm looking for another method preferably a better smelling one too.

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Sabrina - posted on 09/04/2009

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i used minerol oil and then brushed it all off and it worked :) hope it helps

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Amy - posted on 09/23/2009

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I used johnsons baby oil it works well softens the cradle cap and you can brush it off after a few days it virtually disappears. And smells lovely.

Jennie - posted on 09/22/2009

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My little girl is 9weeks old and she has it as well i have looked up loads of ways to get rid of it but the best is baby oil

Laura - posted on 09/21/2009

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i know they say u shouldn't but i picked it off all 3 of my kids and it didn't hurt them at all and never came back at all!its jus a greasy wax coating and does not hurt them!

Ayla Chanel - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old, and she had really bad! cradle cap... i tryed baby oil but then a few people commented that it wasnt very good. I dont think it worked for her very well... so i started trying olive oil and that was quiet good... I had to wash it, and put olive oil on everyday eventually it came loose and i gentelly brushed it off... I was naughty to and picked at it, it didnt do anything bad tho... if anything it was better to get it off... :)

Hannah - posted on 09/20/2009

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My son developed a nasty case of cradle cap and after trying a few methods we found one that worked great. I rubbed a small amount of baby oil on his scalp about 20-30 min before his bath (put a hat on if your little one will let you) then while in the bath use a fine tooth comb to gently pull back the loose flakes. It may take a few nights so get it all depending on how severe the cradle cap is but this technique worked great for my little guy. Good luck!

Paula - posted on 09/20/2009

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Most Pedias told me that it would go away within weeks but if it really bothers you, mineral oil should lessen the flakes.

Kirsten - posted on 09/20/2009

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Put a little olive oil on a cotton ball and wipe gently, then rub in a little sudocream. We did that on my girls 2 weeks ago and it hasnt come back.

Jamie - posted on 09/20/2009

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I'm battling with the same thing. Every1 has pretty much told me baby oil but it hasn't helped. I just been washing his hair every other night and scrubbing in go then taking a baby comb and teasing his hair up. It takes a long time but it is getting better. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 09/20/2009

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I scrubbed my daughter's head with a baby brush and baby shampoo at bath time. I'm not a big fan of baby oil. The bottle with pooh bear on it was a waste of money, it did nothing but make her head look worse.

Shondell - posted on 09/19/2009

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Wash with regular Johnsons baby shampoo and then use mineral oil. Take a baby comb and GENTLY comb the cradle cap off. Do this every other day and the cradle cap will come off. I hope this helps.

Cheyne - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Abby:

I have heard that olive oil is a good help. Just rub it on the area and it should help. No harm in giving it ago


I've tried that with my son- all you do is rub it on in circular motions then brush out. Weleda Calendula Oil works awesomely too!!! Just follow same method, and great for bathing them in and massaging afterwards


 

Shelly - posted on 09/19/2009

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Not sure if this is too late but I used Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns (I got from Babies-R-Us). My son's cradle cap was gone within a week and I still use it time to time because I love the smell! It also worked great on his baby acne.

Eleisha - posted on 09/19/2009

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My daughter suffers from cradle cap as well and am not a fan of baby oil as it is not natural and usually contains chemical - some even have petroleum. I tried olive oil but found it too heavy, ad it actually made it worse (although others say it works a treat?). I found the best treatment was apricot kernel oil. It is 100% natural, has no smell and is a very light oil (so to speak). It is rely just trial and error. Good luck!!

Thompson - posted on 09/18/2009

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Nutragena T Gel shampoo - it stinks but it worked with just 2 uses on my twins

Angela - posted on 09/18/2009

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I tried Eucerin calming lotion and it worked miracles for my little girl and it dont make her hair greasy looking like the baby oil did when I tried it

Kelly - posted on 09/18/2009

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I was recomended using olive oil let it soak in over nite then comb hair with a soft baby comb, it came right out and that was the only time i have needed to do it! a bit messy but worked first time.

Shawna - posted on 09/18/2009

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Stay away from generic or manufactured items. Olive oil (rub a bit on the head 2-3 times a day) is a great way to relieve cradle cap, rashes and dry skin. Use it as a general massage oil, too! Homeopathy works -- Calc carbonica or Sulphur 6 ch - but you should consult a professional about this. Good luck.

User - posted on 09/18/2009

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Just leave it, he'll soon grow out of it! You can always just put a hat on him when you're out if you don't want other people to see. Otherwise my health nurse told me to cover my son's head with vaseline or baby oil at night, put a cap on and then the flakes should just brush off in the morning. Just don't pick at it because it will make it worse!

Shakira - posted on 09/17/2009

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When my daughter had cradle cap my doc recommended Kez shampoo.It's the same as Niz.After I used it once it took it away immediately.Good luck.

Shakira - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Any suggestions on a good way to get rid of cradle cap?

My little one has "baby dandruff" aka cradle cap. I've tried this stuff that has winnie the pooh on the bottle but it smells nasty once it is on. I'm looking for another method preferably a better smelling one too.


 

Kristy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I used baby oil, but it didn’t work, just made him all greasy.

I went to the body shop (Australia, not to sure where u are or if your town has one) I got this cream called "hemp cream" its in a tube, they didn’t recommend it, we actually got it for my fiancé’s hands, cause they were so dry & tries it on my son, this cream has worked wonders for me. It even helped with my son dry cheeks.

I hope that helps, it really does work.

I Googled the body shop n found the cream below is the link where you'll find it, its the Hemp Hand Protector & its $21.95



http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/Search.asp...

Jessica - posted on 09/17/2009

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i have a 4 week and everytime i give him a bath i put baby oil in his hair....its a good way to get of cradle cap && keep it away!

Valerie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I've used Aquaphor-you can find it in the baby isle, or in the regular lotion isle. My doc recommended it and it worked! I put it all over my baby's head twice a day until the cradle cap was gone. I've also heard that if your baby's cradle cap is really scaly-use a dandruff shampoo-probably a sensitive skin one.

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What i did with my daughter was when i gave her a bath... I would ,mix baby oil in with her shampoo. Try that it worked really well and everyone(that has kids) are doing it now.

Tiffany - posted on 09/16/2009

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Yeah! My baby had it bad! A hairstylist told me to use a toothbrush during her bath! It worked wonders! and didn't bother her one bit!

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My son had such bab cradle cap, but what we did was use everyday soberline cream on him (we used it all over as a baby massage) twice a day, and with in a week it was almost all gone, and he's never had it again.

Carra - posted on 09/15/2009

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While my daughter was in the Pediatrics Unit at the hospital for RSV as an infant she had cradle cap and they used baby oil to moisten it and then took a infant comb and combed from front to back to loosen the cradle cap so it could be easily brushed out with an infant brush. Worked Awesome!!!

Jodi - posted on 09/15/2009

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I use baby oil on my daughter, simply because I received SO much of it as baby shower gifts! But I've been told you can use pretty much any kind of oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil and the such, I've never tried them. After it's been on for about 10-15 minutes, I use a baby brush to gently brush it off. Another thing that helps is a gentle but vigorous head rub with the towel after bath time. My daughter's cradle cap is all but gone. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 09/15/2009

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been told to use olive oil by midwives and if the baby has dry skin worked on my lil one

Kayla - posted on 09/10/2009

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You should try baby oil. that is what my community health nurse told me to do when or if my baby gets cradle cap.

Maria - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap that spread down to her face and it just was not cute. So I ended up using head & shoulders sensitive. It doesnt smell. Then after I wash her head I put baby oil to lock in the moisture. I did that everyother day and I got rid of it within a month. I would say try that because every baby is different.

Natasha - posted on 09/09/2009

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Take a drop of Sensitive Head & Shoulders with 1/3 glass off water mix it then whenn you bath your baby wash baby's hare with the mixture, after you've dried baby's hare combe it thru with a soft brush. It really works my baby had it aswell, it will take about 4 days.

Kristina - posted on 09/09/2009

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my ped told me to use petrolium jelly, put it in their hair and eep combing it till its all out then wash it with regular baby soap all gone!! this is the way i did it with all 4 of mine!

TARA - posted on 09/09/2009

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put a little baby oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe on his/her head...this works!!

Jessica - posted on 09/09/2009

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I tried that stuff too and it didn't work for me at all!!! I am with u , it's not such a great smell. But , A doctor friend of mine recomended Cetaphil. In the beauty isle at ur local wal-mart. Green and Blue box. I used it on him every time i gave him a bath and Never again did he have craddle cap or Eczema!!! But u have to use the bar. Or well at least i do. Just make sure u dont' get it in their little eyes.

Tamara - posted on 09/08/2009

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Baby oil deffanly!!

give the little on a nice warm bath without washing the hair. then after the bath get dressed and massage baby oil in the hair and put to bed. so leave it in over night. then wash out in the morning, but do not use baby shampoo or conditioner.. thats what cradle cap comes from i have founf. so just use natrual baby soap. works a treat!! it worked for my little man. and now i just use baby soap to wash his head. still smells great!!! good luck

Mindy - posted on 09/08/2009

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My peditrician told me to use adult dandruff shampoo, just be careful not to get it in their eyes! I was told lotion and baby oil will clog the pores and cause bumps all over them almost like baby acne!

Debby - posted on 09/08/2009

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my daughters pediatritian told me to use baby oil on my daughter when she had cradle cap

Ashley - posted on 09/08/2009

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My son had cradle cap and the doc just told me that i could use my nails and like kind of scratch his head to loosen it up and then i could try stuff called T-fal or something like that. but i didnt use it I just kept loosening it up and it went away.

Antoinette - posted on 09/08/2009

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Take some pure tissue oil and a baby brush (hair brush) put the tissue oil wherever the cradle cap is (even on her head) then brush it off gently. 3 or 4 times and it will dissapear!

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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Both my daughter and son had it. All I did was put a little bit of baby oil on a baby brush and rub it in going around in circles and it was gone in no time. I just did it after each bath!

April - posted on 09/07/2009

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My mom came over one day while I was bathing my 5month old at the time and he had it really bad also. and while his hair was wet with soap lathered in it she took a regular fine tooth comb and was just combing through it untill all the little scabs or chunks were gone. It hasn't ever came back and didn't have to use any stinky medicines.

Fatima - posted on 09/07/2009

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I rub baby oil on my son's head before he takes a bath and I use Mustela Newborn Foam Shampoo (the shampoo is expensive but well worth it). My son's cradle cap never had a chance to develop. Mustela products are wonderful and it smells great too.

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