Does anybody have some good ways to get rid of cradle cap?

Emily - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 77 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if there are any other tricks to take away cradle cap? Just let me know what you do to get rid of it.

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Nadine - posted on 12/08/2009

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My husband and I used a little veggie oil and combed it into our sons hair and kind of rubbed it around his scalp. You could try baby oil as well....veggie oil seemed to work vetter for us

Natalie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I was told by the doctor to put baby oil on the babys scalp, but when i tried this my boys head got very hot and the baby oil burnt his skin, he came up in a big rash, this was a johnson and johnson baby oil, id try a tiny bit first to see whether your babe has a reaction, other then that, i believe it comes along with being a baby and will go away.

Karah - posted on 12/05/2009

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I use baby oil and it works really well. I just put it in my daughter's hair right before a bath and then will shampoo and rinse.

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Desarae - posted on 12/10/2009

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I put olive oil on my daughters scalp one hour before bathing. Then while in the tub I brushed her scalp with a soft brush then washed with johnsons baby shampoo. I did that for a week and it was gone.

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Amy:

I used Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care. I found it in the baby section at Wal-Mart. With the lotions and shampoos. It worked in just two applications. I used it once a week on my little one.



I used this same stuff it has a picture of baby pooh on it and it really does work wonders! My children had tons of hair and this worked even through the hair!

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:

Bathtime use Dandruff shampo and the use a baby comb. It helped me thats the one thing that really grosses me out. When done with shampo rise out it helps if you have another person helping you so one can cover the eyes. Hope this helps.



i think that dandruff shampoo is not designed to be used for a baby's head

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Does anybody have some good ways to get rid of cradle cap?

I was just wondering if there are any other tricks to take away cradle cap? Just let me know what you do to get rid of it.



There are tons of different ways including over the counter shampoos but personally i rub baby oil into the scalp and let it sit a few minutes. Then take a fine tooth comb and very gently comb out whatever you can. Immediately after put the baby in bath with normal shampoo.

Kristie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I used baby oil. I poured it into his hair/scalp and scraped it gently with a comb for about 15-20 minutes, then I washed out with Eucerin shampoo (it is really gentle). I did this every other night for about 2 weeks and it went away. I still notice a little around his forehead but I just pour baby oil on a cotton ball and wipe. Hope this helps.

Sammi - posted on 12/07/2009

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i tried using baby oil rubbed in and i tried cradle cap shampoo but nothing worked for ages, so i stopped using them and used just normal johnsons baby shampoo and conditioner and 3 days later it is nearly cleared

Stacey - posted on 12/07/2009

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Baby Oil helps me. I just put it on her head in the morning then bath her latter on in the day it work's for us. So i hope it will work for you.

Sanja - posted on 12/07/2009

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I just put some oil (generously), then use a comb to lift the cradle cap of the skin and then brush it of with fine natural bristle brush. It was gone in one evening. But I still repeat it from time to time with oil, and every time I give him a bath I brush his hair in every directions...
And also noticed that since I removed cradle cap his hair started to grow rapidly :)))

Sarah - posted on 12/07/2009

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I personally hated putting oil in my daughters hair, I found it hard to wash out all the time and it made her hair look greasy for a day or two, and not that soft fluffy baby hair lol. All I did was while she was in the tub and with the warm water loosening the flakes I would just gently rub it off with a wash cloth. After doing that once or twice It was gone...

Cecile - posted on 12/06/2009

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I used a pharmaceutical grade of tea-tree oil ( lot better quality than just a drug-store brand). Works beautifully and quickly. Perfectly safe for newborns. I even used it on my husband's head when he had something that looked like cradle cap (hee hee). I even used it on one of my pups that had ringworm!
And it isn't expensive.

Casey - posted on 12/06/2009

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I put baby oil on babys head and it went away right away but he barley had it.

Holly - posted on 12/06/2009

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The baby oil gel is what worked for me. Just rubbed it on and used a fine tooth comb after and it came right off. He slept through the whole thing too. :)

Marquita - posted on 12/06/2009

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I used baby aveeno wash/shampoo and then I switched to the more natural Dr.Woods Baby Mild Castile Soap. I basically shampooed my son's hair and i took his baby brush and went in quick circular motions lifting the cradle cap. I washed his hair a few times a week until it was gone and his hair started growing in with no problem. The cradle cap prevents the hair from coming in so it has to be lifted. I hope that this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hiya :) So my son has the cradle "crap" too... I keep it under control really well - barely see it at all... I made the bathtime ritual include Eucerin CREME, not the little liquidy lotion.. the actual cream.. I rubbed in after a bath... looks greasy at first but his head absorbs the lotion.. Anyhow.. there's not cradle crap in between baths anymore, and his head is smoothe and soft - not to mention my hands... it was cheap, effective and also great for baby bumps (that little acne looking stuff) I live by it... Hope this helps..

Lakesha - posted on 12/05/2009

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Try using gentle naturals cradle cap care, it is supposed to help remove the scales from the hair.

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Bathtime use Dandruff shampo and the use a baby comb. It helped me thats the one thing that really grosses me out. When done with shampo rise out it helps if you have another person helping you so one can cover the eyes. Hope this helps.

Desiree - posted on 12/05/2009

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my son had horrible cradle crap. to break the cycle, i bought the disney babies cradle crap care (they sell it at walmart and babies-r-us) and used it as directed til i broke the cycle. now to prevent it from coming back, we apply a little baby oil at night and in the morning. haven't seen it since!!!!

Danielle - posted on 12/05/2009

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I heard that if you use cotton wool and some baby oil and dab it on the infected areas it helps ... i havent had to use my own method though ...so hope it works

Deborah - posted on 12/04/2009

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Use baby oil on scaley skin let soak in a little while 30mins-1hr then take a regular wash cloth and wipe babies head, repeat if needed. Do a couple of days and it should be gone. Worked with both my kids!

Kerstin - posted on 12/04/2009

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put baby oil oh the head leave on for 10 minutes brush hair with a soft brush bathe and put on baby lotion

Carla - posted on 12/04/2009

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The health nurse I had when my daughter had cradle cap told me to take 1/2 a teaspoon of margarine and rub it on her head 10 minutes before I gave her a bath.It work the first time and she never got it again.

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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Quoting Pauline:

use oil as others have suggested but dont wash your babies hair with anything but water until they are older its the soaps and shampoos that cause the cradle cap in the first place xx



Actually it's not the soaps that cause cradle cap, it is a very common skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis (a yeast that causes extremely patchy scaly dandruff).  It's not contagious in the slightest so don't worry if you happen to have twins and one develops cradle cap but the other doesn't - you can still use the same brush, towels, hats and hairpieces, etc.



Most cases will clear up within a week using baby oil massaged into the area, use a soft bristle comb or even your fingertips to loosen scale up, then wash with baby shampoo (or leave overnight and then wash out).  Other therapies include egg whites mixed with oil (aka mayo!) and straight up oil (avocado, jojoba, olive).  If it's still a fairly large patch - larger than a half-dollar (US) coin - or if it spreads or still won't get smaller with home remedy treatment; see your pediatrician/general practitioner, there may be something else 'at work'.



 



See also:



http://children.webmd.com/tc/cradle-cap-...

Rebekah - posted on 12/04/2009

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when my daughter started to get cradle cap, i started washing her hair with baby shapoo and a brush(the soft bristled ones) and it got rid of it and kept it away

i did this every time that i would bathe her

Rabecca - posted on 12/04/2009

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My doctor told me to use baby oil so I did..just put it on her head before her bath and while she is in the bath I brush it which gets all the dry flakey things off. It took about 3 days before her cradle cap was completely gone. Now I only use the oil about once a week.

Megan - posted on 12/04/2009

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After his bath when drying his head I would just rub the cradle cap with the towel ( with a bit of pressure - not too much) and it just flakes off. Then I just moisturised it with olive oil.....worked wonders

Julie - posted on 12/04/2009

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Just the same one probably everybody said. Put a little baby oil on it and massage it in. It should loosen up the cradle cap. Then you can comb it out and wash and condition her hair. It's really important to use baby products and not adult ones because the p.h. is too high in adult products for baby's sensitive skin.

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2009

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use baby oil and comb their hair. I did this for a week and it cleared up in no time

Robin - posted on 12/04/2009

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I used baby oil/olive oil/ and there is this lotion Eucerin (spelling might be wrong) that is in a spray form that worked wonders for the cradle cap that was on my first baby. Her cradle cap was the worst the doctor had seen and when I used the lotion it cleared up really quick. Good Luck!

Claudette - posted on 12/04/2009

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use mineral oil and the soft comb and just comb it out!! my sister did that for my daughter too. it worked

Kimberly - posted on 12/04/2009

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my daughter said to put olive oil on for about a half hour, brush out the flakes and use head and shoulders diluted twice a week. it may take a few applications

Liliana - posted on 12/04/2009

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Hi. my daughter had some and also in her eyebrowns. I cleaned it up everyday and put lots and lots of oatmeal cream. It works great, she kind of looked funny with all the white stuff, but it work well. Try it.

Julie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I used Olive Oil. I worked better than the baby oil and made her hair nice and soft, but was a pain to wash out but it worked.

Tabitha - posted on 12/04/2009

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It takes constant care but I first started using baby aquaphor then I started rubbing body wash in his hair and brushed threw it with a fine toothed comb an let it soak until bath time is done than rinse it out. Works very well for me then u rub lotion in after the bath and comb it in

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Neither of my boys had it very bad, but I just used sorbolene lotion on the head every night before bed. It did the trick for us in a short amount of time.

Mhairi - posted on 12/04/2009

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Dont Pick or scrub it rub olive oil in gently and leave for a few hours then wash off with mild shampoo. It worked for my son.

Bronwyn - posted on 12/04/2009

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My baby also had very bad cradle cap, and I tried the olive oil, baby oil, aqueous cream etc, but nothing really helped. I was even told to using milking cream (the cream they use on the cows udder when milking). I eventually used my nails very gently when he was sitting on my lap, and removed the thick bits by hand. I did this a little at a time over a few days, and once it was gone, it never came back. Hope this helps.

Halo - posted on 12/04/2009

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sounds silly, but a little bit of head and shoulders .
don't be scared to rub it in.
obviously be gentle but it needs rubbing in.
same with any of these little tricks.
i was recommended it after the cradle cap shampoo wasn't working.
my son hasn't had it since after 2 baths of head and shoulders :)

be careful in case of sensitive skin though please.
my son has no reactions to anything so he's lucky :)
x

Kerri - posted on 12/04/2009

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Hi our little princess had terrible cradle cap, l gently massage none scented massage oil into her head after her night time bath, in the morning a heap had come off. l repeated it every three to four days and it was gone within a week. l had heard that it is often contributed to not washing shampoo or soap out properly. Give it a go, l think it works brilliantly. Cheers Kerri.

Loretta - posted on 12/04/2009

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I use oil in the bath water and cradle cap shampoo, he still has it but it is getting better.

Helen - posted on 12/03/2009

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i have used a shampoo called 'dentinox', it is fab and has cleared up the cradle cap

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I used a product from the Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics range specifically for Cradle Cap. A friend recommended it and it worked beautifully. You will have to look up online where you can buy it depending on where you live. I live in Australia, and there are only a handful of pharmacies in my city that sell the Mustela range. Their other products are wonderful as well, I've since used a few of them. Not cheap, but you don't need to use much, and well worth the cost I think.

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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you need to scrub the babies head with a brush ( like the one from the hospital) while washing and then put lotion on the babies head do this twice a day and it will be gone in no time

Helen - posted on 12/03/2009

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hi there ive three childrenand i used baby oil mssage into bay scalp leave for 10 minsthen gentley us ababy brush to comb repet untill all gone ,olive oil doesnt smell very nice baby oil has abetter smell xx

Hanna - posted on 12/03/2009

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my son is 9 months & he still has some. i never did anything to get rid of it. and it's getting smaller as his cradle cap grows in, i think he's down to a few flakes. i heard baby oil works great or dandruff shampoo except don't leave it in for too long & make sure you don't get it in your baby's eyes. good luck!

Tessa - posted on 12/03/2009

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Baby oil gel works and it's easier to use then the oil it's self. It will take a few tries but it does the job and it does it better then expensive stuff from the store

Pauline - posted on 12/03/2009

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use oil as others have suggested but dont wash your babies hair with anything but water until they are older its the soaps and shampoos that cause the cradle cap in the first place xx

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