My 3 month old has what i believe to be cradle cap. It seems to come and go, how do i get rid of it?

Romeka - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

3

24

0

My 3 month old has a flaky scalp from time to time. I find my self washing her hair at least twice a week to keep it clear. My shampoo process includes massaging oil on her scalp allowing that to sit while I bathe her then I lather up her hair with a baby shampoo sometimes mixed with a dry itchy scalp shampoo. I comb through her hair paying close attention to the front where the problem mainly is repeat one more time and rinse. For maybe two days after this her heads ok then it starts again . She has ezcema on her face and ears could it be in her hair also?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2009

318

32

51

Quoting Tiffany:

Yes ezcema could be the problem as well but if it is craddle cap then it will ultimately go away on its own. My daughter who is four months old has had it and it is ridiculous bc she has a full head of hair. What I do is put baby oil all over her head and take a soft baby scrubbing comb. It has a sponge on one side and soft bristles on the other.(i took it home with me from the hospital) I massage her whole head with it. I dont do it totally soft either. I super gentle around her soft spot but the rest of the spots you have to scrub to get it off. Then when im done I will rinse with water and then wash with huggies oatmeal and sheabutter shampoo. Rinse really well especially if they have hair bc the little broke up pieces with just stick in there. I did the scrubbing really good two times and now she has none. And babies love the way it feels on their head.


this is along the lines of what i did but just be careful with 'scrubbing' as their head will get very red and if you end up breaking the skin even just a little the cradle cap will get infected. If you use enough oil and let it soak in to soften up the cradle cap it should comb out without any real scrubbing.

Priscilla - posted on 11/17/2009

6

4

0

My Pediatrician said that a little Head and Shoulders won't hurt. My 3 month baby had it real bad and it seems to be doing alot better now.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

15 Comments

View replies by

Kimberley - posted on 11/18/2009

35

0

1

I dont think cradle cap comes and goes. Once its gone its gone. Its harmless and as many others states oil will help loosen it up, even olive oil.

Shannnon - posted on 11/16/2009

2

2

0

get a baby brush and put some baby oil and blush it into his/her scalp it worked for me

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2009

3

44

0

I am confused and worried because I don't know whether it is cradle crap or eczema, i have eczema

Amber - posted on 11/16/2009

4

1

0

My 2 1/2 month old has it bad! If you take her into the pediatrician she could get a prescription for a special oil. This oil is amazing! My son had it so bad it was taking his hair with it and it saved a good bit of his hair. Ask your doctor! They may even give you a prescription shampoo that also helps

Tilly - posted on 11/15/2009

20

28

1

massage some oil into the scalp and leave it for an hour then comb out with an ordinary fine toothed comb, worked for me with both kids.
I also used a wet washer for my first son to get it out of his eyebrows - not as effective as a comb though. Good luck with it!

Marjorie - posted on 11/14/2009

1

15

0

buy nizoral shampoo and cream. wash baby hair once per week. i did and my child's scalp cleared up. im a rn by the way.

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2009

318

32

51

cradle cap is dermalogical but is so common and most babies will get it at one time or another. My son went through a few week where he had it (he was 2 months old) it started on the sides then crept to the top, i was concerned as it looked horrible and had a funny smell so what i did was at night time before bed i would put about 2 cap fulls of olive oil on his head and massage it and leave it all night, then in the morning i would put another cap on and leave it while i give him his morning bottle then lightly comb through. I would do that every 2nd day and wash it out with his baby shampoo then on the off day i would just rinse his head under just water in the morning and night.

My doctor did tell me just to leave it as it will go away on its own, but i wanted to try this as my mother did it with me and it fixed the problem. My son's cleared up in a week and hasn't come back since.

Try to avoid changing her shampoos too cos this can make it worse stick to the shampoo you have always used.

good luck

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2009

17

39

2

well cradles cap is common in babies, it takes up to a year to finally resolve on its own. excema is a possibility. Have you spoken with your baby's doctor? if u have done everything u know and have been suggested to do, then the most you can do is just continue doing what u can and hopefully within your babys first birthday it will disappear. my daughter had a slight cradles cap for several months and went away with the 3 times a week baths, non-scented baby lotion on the head and the baby brushes to brush the scabs away. my son has no problem with it whatsoever.

Tracy - posted on 11/14/2009

8

5

0

Cradle cap is very common with infants. Most of the time it will go away on its own as long as you are keeping her head clean. Baby oil should certainly work though to help it go away. My daughter had a lot of cradle cap, and the baby oil worked great. If the problem persists I would talk to your doctor just to make sure it isn't excema. Good Luck.

Stephanie - posted on 11/13/2009

15

1

0

Both of my girls have ezcema and I think they both had it on their scalp as well but it looked more red and rash like. I believe craddle cap is more scaly and flaky. What you are describing is what I have heard you should do for craddle cap. One thing that really has helped both my girls is to use non-soap cleansers for both body wash and shampoo - they do not dry out the skin. I use Mustela shampoo. This is specifically for ezcema. My doctor recommended it. It is a little more difficult to find but I got it at Babies R Us. I also use Cetaphil cleanser for their body wash.
Another thing that has worked for me is to put cetaphil lotion directly on their scalp but neither of my girls had too much hair so it didn't make them look too greasy. I don't know if that is really recommended but it worked for me. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 11/13/2009

2

21

1

Yes ezcema could be the problem as well but if it is craddle cap then it will ultimately go away on its own. My daughter who is four months old has had it and it is ridiculous bc she has a full head of hair. What I do is put baby oil all over her head and take a soft baby scrubbing comb. It has a sponge on one side and soft bristles on the other.(i took it home with me from the hospital) I massage her whole head with it. I dont do it totally soft either. I super gentle around her soft spot but the rest of the spots you have to scrub to get it off. Then when im done I will rinse with water and then wash with huggies oatmeal and sheabutter shampoo. Rinse really well especially if they have hair bc the little broke up pieces with just stick in there. I did the scrubbing really good two times and now she has none. And babies love the way it feels on their head.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms