cradle cap and hair loss

Maakiela - posted on 07/04/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my 4 and a half month old baby girl was born with a beautiful lush head of hair. At about 8 weeks she got really bad cradle cap and this is also about the time her hair started thinning. Since tehn the hair at the back and around the sides is almost bald due to her constant wriggling in bed leaving the only thick bit of hair on top of her head where the cradle cap is which is in its final stage and falling off taking big chunks of hair with it, her head is now very patchy,is there something i can use to save the little hair she has left and help grow back the hair shes lost

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Hadleigh - posted on 07/05/2009

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I have the same thing with my bub. He was born with a full head of hair and at 3 months the cradle cap really took hold. The one way that i have found that really works...and doesn't affect the hair is by using baking soda. lay your bub on an old towel or blanket...this can be a little messy! Mix some baking soda with a little water until it is like a paste. Put this on the cradle cap and leave till it is dry. In the bath or over the sink use water and massage the scalp like you would with shampoo until it is all out. This really worked for my boy. Most of the cradle cap was gone with 2 applications. I now do it whenever it looks like it is starting again and have managed to stop it before it takes hold and didnt loosen any of his hair. Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 07/08/2009

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My daughter was born with a beautiful thick head of black hair. A couple of months after she was born she lost it ALL. My doctor grabbed at her head and he literally had a huge chunk of her hair in his hand. Her hair grew back quite fast after she lost it all except this time she has blonde hair lol. Do not worry from what I have heard a lot of babies lose their hair and there is nothing you can really do besides wait and see.

Billie Jo - posted on 07/04/2009

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It isn't the cradle cap making your baby's hair fall out. Cradle cap is like baby dandruff. The hair is a result of hormones balancing out. The hair will grow back.

Amber - posted on 07/26/2009

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My pedi. told me and my husband to use head and shoulders on our lil boys cradle cap... and it went away in about a week..and we are still using it as of now

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Keela - posted on 07/23/2009

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My babies doctor said to use dandruff shampoo like head and shoulders. I did and her cradle cap is gone.

Esther - posted on 07/08/2009

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It is completely normal for kids to lose their hair. Including in patches. My son had a mullet for a while because the hair at the bottom part of his head stuck while he rubbed the rest of it off (he had a bald stripe for a while). Then it all went away and he was completely bald. Now he has a beautiful thick head of hair (at 18 months) in a different color than what he was born with. Most kids actually lose their hair. As for the cradle cap - he had that too. Also not uncommon. My pediatrician recommended washing his hair with plain old dandruff shampoo (I used Selsun Blue) and that helped. You have to be careful of course when you rinse it out as it does sting their eyes, unlike baby shampoo.

Maakiela - posted on 07/07/2009

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be the end of the problem will just have to start from scratch at least shes still got alittle bit of length right at the back down the bottem like a lttle mullet lol poor wee girl
but oh well

Maakiela - posted on 07/07/2009

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thank you for ur kind advice, i will keep the baking soda 1 in mind. unfortunitly i think i am going to have to let it run it course as most of its come off in the last couple of days and yes the hair has pretty much all gone with it. im hopeing once its all gone it will b

Pauline - posted on 07/05/2009

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try baby oil, i have uses that for many year with my kids ,i would massager it into their head and then left it over night so it can soak in and then i would slowy help it by running my nail throu their hair which help it remove easy then i would wash it out, and then i repeat the process again until it was gone, then i would condtiner hair to smooth the head a bit better, if that doesnt work has well try tea tree shampoo which u can get at a supermarket and i would uses that twice a week to help more, i hope this advice help get rid of cadle cap,

Lucy - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Maakiela:

i have some stuff i got from the pharmacy but dont want to use it because i says on the pack may take hair when crusts fall off which is what im trying to prevent



The hair will fall out regardless of what you use so i wouldn't worry about it! My little girls hair all started falling out around 6wks and cradle cap came at about 10weeks. She's now 12wks and the cradle cap is easing, we've been putting olive oil on her head i the afternoon and leaving it until bathtime where we've washed her hair with dentinox cradle cap shampoo.

Maakiela - posted on 07/05/2009

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i have some stuff i got from the pharmacy but dont want to use it because i says on the pack may take hair when crusts fall off which is what im trying to prevent

Vicki - posted on 07/04/2009

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Cradle cap
It's not pretty to look at, but cradle cap is a harmless scalp condition common in newborns. Your baby may have a mild case of flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or a more severe case marked by thick, oily, yellowish, scaling, or crusting patches.

Cradle cap can appear anytime between two weeks and three months after birth and usually clears up on its own after several months. It's usually not problem after about 6 or 7 months of age.

Cradle cap results when oil-producing sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which turns into oily patches and then dries and flakes off. Many experts think the extra hormones that a mother produces and passes to her child during childbirth cause the oil glands to act up. When the hormones in your baby's body level out after the early months, the condition will go away.

The best way to remove the scales is to rub mild vegetable or olive oil into your baby's scalp a couple of times a week, let it sit for about 15 minutes, then gently comb out the flakes. Then wash your child's hair with a gentle baby shampoo.

Some doctors recommend leaving baby shampoo on your child's head for about 20 minutes (or as long as your baby can stand it) and then massaging the scalp with a soft toothbrush. Cradle cap will eventually go away on its own, but consult a pediatrician if the condition persists, gets worse, or spreads. She may prescribe a medicated shampoo or cortisone cream.

http://www.babycenter.com/0_newborn-body...

Maakiela - posted on 07/04/2009

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is there any thing i can do to stop the cradle cap claiming the rest of her hair

Billie Jo - posted on 07/04/2009

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Quoting Vicki:

Babies lose the hair they are born with, don't worry. It will grow back. My son is turning 7 months old soon and his bald spot has still not grown over.



This exactly. It is the same as you losing all that pregnancy hair.

Vicki - posted on 07/04/2009

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Babies lose the hair they are born with, don't worry. It will grow back. My son is turning 7 months old soon and his bald spot has still not grown over.

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