Flaky scalp and eyebrows

Chrisan - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My son has flaky scalp and eyebrows. Is this normal?

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Laurie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Both my children had it for a few weeks when they were about two months old and it went away on it's own without oils, moisturizers or changing my diet.

Jessica - posted on 06/06/2010

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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

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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.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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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.

Crystal - posted on 06/02/2010

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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

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Nikkita - posted on 06/05/2010

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Yes, it's normal. It's craddle cap. It got really bad for my daughter around two months. It went away in her face, but it's still in her scalp and she's 3 1/2 months now.

Laura - posted on 06/05/2010

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my son had this too and bad (head ears eyebrows) a little head and shoulders works wonders

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2010

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Try rubbing olive oil on about an hour before his bath, then wash with head and shoulders shampoo every couple of days. We did it for our son and it cleared in about 2 weeks

Andrea - posted on 06/04/2010

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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

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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!!

Rawiyah - posted on 06/02/2010

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try a shampoo called nizoral it worked for my kids.its anti dandrof shampoo and you can find it at any local supermarket or drug store right in the shampoo section. good luck

Valerie - posted on 06/02/2010

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yes, my son had this too. My doctor told me to use selson blue. It cleared it up super fast..just a few uses. Be careful not to get it in their eyes.

Codi - posted on 06/01/2010

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my babys Dr. told me to use selsun blue, works like a charm! after two baths it was completely gone and she had it BAD on her ears! and eyebrows

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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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.

Samantha - posted on 06/01/2010

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its completely normal for ur baby to have cradle cap, you can put some regular baby oil on it a few times a day and that will moisturize it

Kathryn - posted on 05/30/2010

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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.

Fiona - posted on 05/30/2010

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wash it with baby oil and it will come out every time you give your baby a bath

Molissa - posted on 05/29/2010

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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.

Kari - posted on 05/29/2010

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I use this foam shampoo for newborns that is made by Mustela (French company). It works very well and is hypoallergenic.

Angela - posted on 05/29/2010

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Yeah its normal my baby had that when she was born on her eye lids but it was reddish too. The doctor said it would go away in time.

Joanne - posted on 05/28/2010

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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 ,

Heather - posted on 05/28/2010

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It cradle cap. My daughter had it at 2 months old. I did baby oil every day for 10 minutes after 10 minutes I would comb it out then give her a bath. It was gone within a week & hasn't had it since.

Sara - posted on 05/27/2010

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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.

Erika - posted on 05/27/2010

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It's normal. Before a bath I put baby oil on my baby's head. don't put too much on because ur baby will have a "slick" hair-do for a few days. I did it once or twice a week.

Brittany - posted on 05/27/2010

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Rebecca - posted on 05/26/2010

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use baby oil, rub it in and leave over night, do that a couple of times and it should go away.

Keyana - posted on 05/26/2010

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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.

Toni - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son had it. the pediatrician gave us a baby tooth brush & told us to rub lotion around the affected areas with it. It would remove the dry skin& hydrate the skin. Within 2 weeks it was gone. No worries, it will be fine.

Pallavi - posted on 05/26/2010

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I agree it is cradle cap but try to get rid of it or it may be very hard to get rid of. I used head and Shoulders.

Rebecca - posted on 05/26/2010

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yes my son did aswell i just put baby oil on the eyebrows every night and on his head i also put baby oil and it has cleared it up

Marie - posted on 05/25/2010

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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.

Melissa - posted on 05/25/2010

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Both my kids had that. Our pediatrician told us to use Olive oil and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse out. Leaves hair greesy but works pretty good. Also to use Head and Shoulders shampoo.

JENNIFER - posted on 05/25/2010

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YOU CAN PUT SOME BABY OIL ON HIS HEAD & THAT WILL HELP. MY SON HAD IT TOO (CRADLE CAP), & THE BABY OIL DOES WORK.

Angelina - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think even baby oil can irritate some babies skins. Someone recommended olive oil to me and it's also really good for the hair - natural.

Lexi - posted on 05/24/2010

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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.

Dakota - posted on 05/24/2010

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rub a little baby oli on his scalp and let in sit for a little bit then wash it out during his bath

Jody - posted on 05/24/2010

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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

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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.

Jessica - posted on 05/23/2010

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i use baby oil or baby lotion on my sons scalp and it works well. the lotion does not make the hair greasy but take the dryness away

Annette - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter had that, and I used baby oil and combed her hair. it eventually wet away.

Kristin - posted on 05/22/2010

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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

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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.

Faith - posted on 05/22/2010

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i took a little head and shoulders and used it everyother bath. I also used baby oil when it got really bad. also lotion will work too

Nichol - posted on 05/22/2010

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it's probably cradle cap, and it's normal. you can can do a search online for ways to decrease the appearence or just leave it alone, it will go away on its own.

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