Flaky scalp and eyebrows
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Jessica - posted on 06/06/2010
totally normal. and if the regular methods don't work you can try head & shoulders shampoo. you have to be SUPER careful and DO NOT get it near the babies eyes and DO NOT leave it on for more than 5 mins. we had to finally do this after nothing else worked for my son and it went away in two weeks.
Amanda - posted on 06/03/2010
i tried this stuff from gentle naturals/ disney baby it has a pic of pooh bear on the green bottle its cradle cap care and im pretty sure you can get it at pharmacys but i got it at target in the baby care section. it worked the first time i used it and it never came back on my little girl! its also non greasy.
Crystal - posted on 06/02/2010
put baby shampoo on his head and use the baby brush and go in circles al over his head my sister told me that when my daughter was a baby it works and its cheap u already have the stuff at home and for his eyebrows i have no clue my daughter didnt have there
Andrea - posted on 06/04/2010
my LO got a terrible bout of it. doc called it cradle cap. it was on her face. wash with the daily t/gel (or off brand of same) every third day. also, aquaphor moisturizer for the skin helped. my girl got so bad we had to put prescription 1% hydrocortisone on her.
Jackie - posted on 06/02/2010
My daughter did too...it has nothing to do with how he sleeps, what he eats or how often you bathe him. Sometimes babies just get flaky skin. My daughter is almost 11 months old now and she has outgrown it...don't worry, it will go away on its own!!
Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010
My sons had it since he was born (he's almost 7 months now). At first it was really severe, entire 3-4 inch chunks of skin would peel right off his head (the hair would go with it too, it was disgusting). It got better over time and my doctors recommended a million things but I found the only thing that works is a moisturizing bath soap (I use johnsons) followed by putting mineral oil on his head before bed and then once or twice a day using burt's bees baby moisturizing lotion. We've been doing this for two months and he has beautiful glowing skin without a single dry spot. If the flakiness isn't severe though, just use the burts bees. It's super effective.
Kathryn - posted on 05/30/2010
QV cream is GREAT. my daughter had a similar problem, and this is what the doctor advised for me to do. it is available in chemists pretty much anywhere, is formulated specially for sensitive skin, and is relatively cheap. it comes in: shampoo, lotion, etc, and really does the job. it is also safe for everyday use after the cradle cap and dry skin have disappeared.
BIO oil also does the job.
hope this helps.
Molissa - posted on 05/29/2010
Baby oil is the best friend for this. Just put some on after a bath and massage in. It will eventually go away. You can also buy product for cradle cap. But it's basically a bad case of dry skin. You are allowed to remove as much as you can, but don't go too far. My son had slight issues with this. But once I used baby oil regularly, it disappeared. My son's hair did just fine. It has a fine texture, but I had that when I was born and it's the same color and everything. Now I have really thick hair. I'm sure he will too.
Joanne - posted on 05/28/2010
my daughter had flaky head and eyebrows wen she was a few weeks old , shes lactose intolerant and on neocate baby milk , it cleared up straight away , she is 18 weeks old and has had craddle cap , i used a little baby oil in water and brushed it threw her hair with a baby tooth brush then washed her hair and it was gone ,
Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010
yes its normal. Do not put oil on his head. It will not help. What it will do is put a oily layer on his head and as the dead skin accumulates on top of his head it will build up and block the follicles so hair will not grow as fast as it should. It will also block the skin from breathing as well as block the pores. The best thing you can do is wait until his head is a little sturdier maybe around 3 or 4 months. Then try to get the dead skin off. Usually it will flake off while combing his hair. but you deffinately want the build up of dead skin off his head. Oil will only make it stay there and build up more. As an aesthetician, I know.
Sara - posted on 05/27/2010
I agree with the suggestion to use an "edible" oil. Olive oil, peanut oil... any fruit or nut oil, since it will be absorbed into the skin/blood stream, and is much safer for sensitive skin. Baby oil is generally mineral oil + fragrance, and is a cheap by-product of the petroleum refining process that feels more moisturizing than it actually is (it's really a lubricant and sealant and can clog pores). Lots of baby lotions contain mineral oil too. I'm not a fan.
Brittany - posted on 05/27/2010
depends how old he is, when they are real little its just there skin peeling , its very normal. If he is 4 mo's or older it is probably cradle cap, put baby oil on his scalp for awhile and comb the flakes out then rinse. Also using baby baths that do not contain "soap" helps ALOT. Johnsons head to toe is soap free and works great for babies sensitive skin too.
Tina - posted on 05/27/2010
Nobody's mentioned this either.....it doesn't last very long. They go through this for a couple of weeks and then you'll notice it subsiding. I've not heared the allergy theory before....and I actually would put a bit of baby oil on my LO's scalp and eyebrows before giving him a bath and then used a very soft silicone face thingy and put a drop of my facial exfoliating cream on it and used it on his head...kind of like the baby toothbrush idea mentioned above...both are the same texture...mine was just bigger. That worked wonders. The oil softened everything up before the bath and the silicone brush finished up the job in the bath. Hope that helps!!
Allison - posted on 05/26/2010
OMG, I can't believe nobody knows this but your baby is allergic to something!!!! cradlecap it is, but it's not 'normal'. Does it seem normal to have to scrub your baby's scalp???
Try cutting out dairy, soy, nuts and wheat. I go to a natropathic and a regular pediatrician and only the natro knew this and my son's been clear for 8 months!! If you are breastfeeding, you will have to severely restrict your diet to keep your child from developing allergies later. If it's formula, they have all sorts of additives and fillers. His system isn't strong enough to handle certain foods and it'll make the problem worse if you just ignore and medically treat these kinds of signs without treating the underlying problem.
Hope this helps
Roxy - posted on 05/26/2010
its absolutely normal! it will go away on its own but if you like rub a little bit of baby oil in before bath time to soften it and it should lift off easily.. i suggest you do not use adult medications on babies just let nature do its thing. alternatively you could go to your pharmacy and ask them for an ointment to treat cradle cap on your baby they will know what to suggest.
Keyana - posted on 05/26/2010
Yes thats called craddle cap. Ypu can use a mild shampoo to get rid of it. My daughter had it for about 2 weeks. I used head and shoulders senitive kind. I wouldnt suggest baby oil maybe virgin olive oil. Especially on his eye brows.
Marie - posted on 05/25/2010
yes, my boy had cradle cap too. There was a special shampoo thing at Kmart that I used on his head and eyebrows and it went away after a couple baths. But, immediately, you'll see a difference. Don't worry about it though. Perfectly normal.
Lexi - posted on 05/24/2010
Baby oil has always made my eczema and psoriasis worse, so I never use it on my son. But I will swear by vitamin e oil. It's very healthy for skin. Just use a soft brush to gently remove the loose flakes and massage the oil into the skin.
Jody - posted on 05/24/2010
My daughter had it too. her pediatrician says to NOT use baby oils or lotions because it clogs the pores. he said to wash her hair with head and shoulders shampoo. so every otherday, i would lather her head as soon as i put her in the bath. i let it sit and soak on her head while i bathed her and she played. usually about 5-7 minutes. the last thing i did was rinse her head as she was finished with her bath. it's a slow process but it does work. and most definately, the more you brush the head, the faster it goes away.
Kemi-Alicia - posted on 05/23/2010
yup, totally normal, that's what i read in my pregnancy books.
Regarding any skin issues with newborns, nothing works better than breast milk.
Express some in a saucer and use a cloth to wipe your baby over.
When using oils, try to use edible oils, coconut, olive etc baby's skin is so delicate and it absorbs everything so be careful what you put on. Most baby oils contain perfume- not a good idea, if you read a label and you can't understand the ingredients or wouldn't put it in your mouth, then don't use it.
It will eventually go away anyways, so don't worry.
Kristin - posted on 05/22/2010
I massaged baby oil onto our boys' scalps when they had it. Then, I used a comb and gently combed in the direction opposite hairgrowth. If scalp is pink, stop. You don't want to irritate it or them. Then I would wash their hair/heads with some Cetaphil to remove most of the oil. It took a few to several days and they had some pretty greasy looking haid, but solved the problem.
The oil breaks up the oil/skin build up on the scalp and in the hair. Combing helped to further that along. I did it both with and without the oil until the flakiness was pretty much gone.
Just use your finger to massage in his brows and be very careful when you wash it off. If it doesn't go away, call the doctotr's office.
Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2010
Right before bathing your son get a baby brush- pour a little baby oil in your hand and dip the brush in it- the brush your babies head and gently across the eye brows and the do it again after you bath him. It helps decrease the dead skin build up and keeps his skin hydrated.
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