How do you get rid of cradle cap that won't go away?

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Cherie - posted on 08/03/2009

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I used baby oil at first but it just made it worse...so when I gave her a bath I took her soft brush thru her hair after I washed it and after the bath I rubbed baby lotion in her hair. It worked for me.

Onika - posted on 07/28/2009

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I was told cold water rinse and rub a little crisco on after, not much but just a little. Same thing for Excema, its natural and pure... the cool water rinse closes the hair shaft and stops the sweat from creating more loose skin. And the crisco prevents the dry skin part as well as lets the skin breathe as it should....

Stephanie - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son had cradle cap that was pretty persistant and would keep coming back. I tried everything from baby oil to head and shoulders. Finally, I came upon a special cradle cap lotion/oil. It comes in a green bottle that has pooh bear on the front. Its specially designed for cradle cap. I used it once and the cradle cap went away and hasnt come back since! You use it just like you use the oil. Just put it on their head, leave it on for about 2 minutes then comb/brush it out with a comb and shampoo! It was such a relief and it worked better than anything I have tried

Caterina - posted on 06/14/2013

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My doctor said to use mineral oil and let it sit for an hour. Then take a lice comb and gently comb out the dry skin. If after doing this two or three times the cradle crap is still there, use one part tea tree gel and three parts water.

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Kindra - posted on 02/10/2014

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My son is 2 and the cradle cap keeps coming back. I've tried baby oil and brushing his hair in the bath and a kids dandruff shampoo. Any suggestions?

Lauren - posted on 08/03/2009

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I put lotion on everytime I get her out of the tub It seems to work just keep doing that and maybe try using less shampoo I used to much and I cut back and that seems to work I only put like a pea size amount of shampoo and then a pea sized amount of lotion in her hair after her bathe!

Stacy - posted on 08/03/2009

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my son has it and i got a brush from the hospital that i use to scrubb his head with, it does it very gently and then after his bath i rubb baby oil into his hair and it went away, they also sell stuff for it but the oil works just as good

Tracey - posted on 08/03/2009

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I put baby oil on her head after a bath. Let it sit for a few minutes and then brush her hair with her baby brush. My mother in law also bought actual cradle crap stuff from Target and that also works but it's a little pricey if you ask me.

Beaula - posted on 08/03/2009

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coconut oil 15min before bath time and gentle brushing should do the trick. (warm the oil before using - just make sure it is not to hot).

Christina - posted on 08/02/2009

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I just read something that said to apply some adult dandruff shampoo on the babies head in a circular motion and wipe it off with a damp wash cloth after letting it sit for 3-5 minutes. Hope this helps!

April - posted on 08/02/2009

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My daughter had it pretty bad to where she lost most of her hair. It spread to her face and we took her to her ped. and he prescribed some cream and shampoo. It is something that you can treat but not cure, it just has to go away on it's own which may take a year. The ped. said that the cause is from babies skin always replenishing itself and the old skin flaking off. I would make an appt. with your ped. to see if cream/shampoo is needed. Hope this helps, good luck!

Kosette - posted on 08/02/2009

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Use the cradle cap shampoo and also use mineral oil and a soft toothbrush just to help lift up the cradle cape, works wonders. I learned that from an old school nurse and working with children/babies.

Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2009

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I've lucked out, and my four-month-old hasn't gotten it at all. My mom suggested putting baby lotion directly on his head after baths, and so far so good!

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olive oil really does wrk i used massage it in,in the evening and wash it out the nxt morning, but i will take longer then a few weeks, all childen get it but some worse than others.

Tamara - posted on 08/02/2009

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Olive oil 2 hours before bath. And then brush the area after you have washed her hair. Takes a while, but better than cradle cap shampoo...that does absolutely nothing.

Erin - posted on 08/01/2009

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Have you tried baby oil? if that doesn't help the doctor can prescribe a medicated shampoo. my 3 month old son has it too.

Rachele - posted on 08/01/2009

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Both of my boys had it and I left it alone and by the time they got to 8 months it went away all on its own.

Jeimy - posted on 07/31/2009

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Did you try the craddle cap stuff in the teal bottle? My son had it, I used it once, and it disappeared the same day!

TIFFANY - posted on 07/31/2009

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ALL 3 OF MY KIDS HAD CRADLE CAP I GOT RID OF IT BY TAKING SALT AND IBABY LOTION AND RUBBING IT ON THEIR HEADS AND THEN COMBING IT OUT, IT WORKS REALLY WELL, SINCE THE SALT WORKS AS AN ABRASIVE, BUT IT DOESENT HURT THEIR HEADS

Shawnte - posted on 07/31/2009

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My 4month old had it and as soon as I noticed it used olive oil and little baby comb to scratch it all up then mixed a few drops of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial/fungal)with olive oil massaged it in then made sure i did not see any omre dry or scaly patches it was GONE over night...I use tea tree oil on everything it works!

Kya - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son has some horrible cradle cap, I tryed to oil and it never seemed to help. I asked his doctor this last visit and she advised me to use some dandriff remover shampoo...so far it seems to have helped. I use it while he is in the bath soak his head with it, then scrub it off...use a comb after the bath the a brush and so far so good. I hope this has helped.

Tammy - posted on 07/31/2009

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I am the mother of twin infant girls and the I resolved the cradle cap issue in a cpl of days by putting the baby oil gel on their hair and foreheads nightly. The gel is great as it does not leave them looking greasy :) You do not need very much just a cpl drops. Works like a charm.

Sarah - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap for about a week after she was born. Have you tried not using anything except clean water in baths, and pat drying? Skin conditions can be so annoying can't they!

Sharon - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter had the worst cradle cap i had ever seen. It was her entire head, covered in dark brown spots. I rubbed baby oil on her head after every bath i gave her and now 90% of it is gone. I only started doing this 2-3 weeks ago too. I wish you the best of luck, cradle cap is one tough cookie!

Lori - posted on 07/30/2009

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I hated the smell of olive oil so I used coconut oil! It worked, you use it to loosen the flakes then with a cradle cap comb you just carefully comb it out. The chemicals in many of the other remedies seemed a bit to harsh for an infant!

Deb - posted on 07/30/2009

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I had to shave my baby boys head in order to get rid of it, and that really helped :-)

Courtney - posted on 07/30/2009

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i got rid of my babies cradle cap by putting baby oil on head cradle cap and gentle masaging it with a soft bristle brush then take a fine tooth comb and gentle scratch it off you may want to keep a paper towl near so you can wipe the cradle cap off when he comb gets to full then wash your childs hair like normal. My litle girls cradle cap didnt come back and i also helped a frend do it to her son and it also didnt come back

Karlyn - posted on 07/30/2009

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I used calendula cream that was awesome- California Baby makes a good one - it works for any skin irritation (a cat scratch and the beginnings of a diaper rash in my case).

Hannah - posted on 07/30/2009

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massage olive oil into your babies head and use a comb to brush off the skin, keep doing this everyday and it should start to diminish

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Putting Baby oil on the head or bath oil will work to and then take a fine tooth comb and comb the hair towards the back of the head until it's all gone it'll wash right out.

Reesa - posted on 07/30/2009

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I've got the answer for you!!!!! I had the same issue. After trying olive oil, which smells really bad, I found it. There is a product that they sell at Babies R Us that has Pooh Bear on the front and is in a blue bottle ( I think it's from Gentle Naturals?) After use for 2 or 3 days, take a fine tooth comb and gently comb hair. The scales will be gone like magic. It just takes a few days for the oils to really loosen them up. It smells a lot better than olive oils and is also mild. Her hair and scalp look healthy and wonderful now.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hi. We still use baby oil on a cotton-wool ball and rub our baby's head really gently. It seems to remove most of it. After a couple of days it's gone!

We've used this method on all 5 kids, so I swear by it.

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2009

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Baby oil works wonders. We used to put baby oil on then about an hour later brush with very soft baby brush and then wash hair. This worked with both my boys xx

Danielle - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter had this problem but it is now gone at 3 1/2 months. Before giving her a bath I would actually loosen up the flakes with my fingers. As soon as she got in the tub I would massage the shampoo (something nature, it has pooh on the front) on her scalp and leave it there while I washed her. I would then use a baby tooth brush on her scalp and then rinse and wash with reg shampoo. It only took two times and it was gone. She had it pretty bad, it was starting to spread so I knew I had to do something. The baby oil did not work and only made her hair greasy.

Stephanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I haven't had any trouble with cradle cap but the hair and body wash by aleva naturals is what we have used on him.It does say on the bottle that it is good for washing away flakes associated with cradle cap because it has tea tree oil in it.It is natural and organic and as a boonus it smells good too.In the ingredients it also lists shea butter,aloe,olive oil,lavender,orange peel oil,chamomile,witch hazel,and avena sativa[the kind of oats in aveeno washes]I used it on a few pimples on his cheeks and they went away fast.I bought it at walmart.It is worth a shot if you are looking for somthing none greasy and natural that you can use for every bath.I hope it works for you.

Holly - posted on 07/29/2009

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We tried olive oil too and massaging or brushing it gently with a soft brush. My 5 month old boy also has very dry skin patches on his face, we tried olive oil on that but it seemed to make it inflamed, a friend of mine recommended paw paw ointment. It seems pretty good so far but it does take perseverance though.

Nicolle - posted on 07/29/2009

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The baking soda paste works wonderfully like someone else said, it doesn't hurt them or irritate the skin. So simple it took two nights to clear my son, he occasionaly gets a little bit back againg and I just put the baking soda on again that night and it will be gone again.

Stacey - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap for a long time. I would give her a bath, then put baby oil on her head right before she went to bed. Then the following morning use a baby brush, and brush her hair. Then that night give her a bath. I did this maybe twice to three times a week. That seemed to help a lot. My mom gave me that suggestion.

Melony - posted on 07/29/2009

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MY baby had cradle cap - I used the traditional cradle cap creams but then tried Hydramol cream which is a yellow parafin wax based cream - very natural and it worked in just 2 days. Hope this helps.

Pamela - posted on 07/28/2009

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johnson and johnson now makes a gel for cradle cap..and it works great..its in a lil green bottle and it says cradle cap care right on the bottle its in the baby section at wal-mart...rub it into their scalp and then take a soft brush and brush it for a few minutes and then rinse it out...my 8 week old has it really bad and it keeps coming back so i got this stuff and it works great i also put more on his head after i've rinsed it out and i leave it in over night...and well so far so good it hasnt come back yet! hope that helps

Shay - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son had it bad we tried everything until one day at meijer by the but paste and body wash lotion extra we found something just for cradle cap its in a blue bottle and it has winnie the pooh on it it works wonders you rub it one and comb his hair and it comes right up no pain no problems then just was the hair to get the flakes off that are still in the hair

Kate - posted on 07/28/2009

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baby oil after a bath fora few nights, than used a bath scrubber to bring it up (mine was spongebob) han rinsed away

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2009

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My ped said that you leave it also. It goes away on it's own and it doesn't bother the baby. Elderly people also get it and they never complain explained her doc. So I stopped trying to brush it away because this made it worse. So after leaving it alone it went away within a few week.s

Jaime - posted on 07/28/2009

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my pediatrician told me to use a little bit of selsun blue, and rinse it with a wet wash cloth so you don't get it in their eyes. i was worried about her touching the shampoo and rubbing her eyes, so i pot her in the swaddle me blanket and washed her hair in my lap over the tub. it worked great! you have to do it a few times, but nothing else worked for me.

Romina - posted on 07/27/2009

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I used baby oil on my sons head and it would continuously return. My doctor suggested Selsum Blue and mineral oil. I assumed mineral oil was the same as baby oil, but it worked much better. His ears cleared up the day after I used the mineral oil. His head is still flaky, but it is getting better.

Jen - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son was starting to get cradle cap pretty severely and I had tried oils but it didn't seem to help. I made a paste of water & baking soda, put it on his scalp before he went in the bath and let it sit until right before he got out of the bath.. after two or three days of doing that, it was pretty much entirely cleared up.

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