What do I use for Cradle Cap and how long until it goes away?

Tasia - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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I want to know because my 2 month old has it and I want it to go away asap.

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Erica - posted on 11/30/2009

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what i did with my daughter was scratch her whole head lightly with my nails until it was flakey looking, then i massaged baby oil all over her head and used a fine tooth comb to comb it out.. after that I washed her hair with baby shampoo and it was gone, and hasnt returned yet..

Lauren - posted on 10/24/2009

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My 2 month old also has it. Her pediatrician recommended mineral oil, baby oil, or olive oil. It won't clog the pores. It just helps to loosen the scaly skin. He also said to leave it on overnight and use a gentle scrub brush (or toothbrush) to remove the scales when shampooing. He also said it will clear up whether or not you do anything to help it. But the oil will speed up the process. Talk to your baby's doc first before using a dandruff shampoo though.

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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my son also had cradle cap i used olive oil, put it in his hair at night, let him sleep with it in and then put more on in the morning then brushed lightly with a comb, i also washed his hair each morning with just water and it cleared up in about 4 days.

Kristen - posted on 10/21/2009

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my son had really bad craddle cap.. i put baby oil in his hair and rubbed it around to try and loosen that skin then i used a little comb and brushed his hair to get the little flakes out. and i wash his hair with dandruff shampoo (his pediatrician recommended selsum blue) my son is also 2 months and it went away with in a week or 2! good luck!

Destiny - posted on 10/21/2009

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I also used baby oil. My son didn't have a bad case of cradle cap, but combing the oil through his hair and massaging it a bit worked like a charm. After doing that I'd follow up with Johnsons Baby Shampoo. It went away in a matter of days.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2009

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I highly recommend "weleda "... put it in and leave it on for about an hour...then bath time! wont leave it greasy or anything...

Jessica - posted on 12/20/2009

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The best thing that works from me if after bath time l lay my son on his back and with a fine tooth comb i comb it from front to back.....It has dne wonders for me but i had to do it a few times before all of it was removed

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Megan:



Quoting Jenn:




Quoting Melissa:

The one thing I have found that works is http://www.gentlenaturals.com/
works great & you do have to use a soft brush when applying. I used it for my 1st born & my 2nd (just two days ago). It's all gone. I applied it twice while giving her a bath & brushed it off & rinsed quite a few times. Hope it works for you!







Yea they do have it at Target!








 I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU...SAME THING I USED ON MY DAUGHTER









I might have to try that...my son had it on his face and I got rid of that, didnt want to put any of these products on his face but now he has a little on his head now so maybe I will give this a try I think they have it at Target!





 

Megan - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Jenn:



Quoting Melissa:

The one thing I have found that works is http://www.gentlenaturals.com/
works great & you do have to use a soft brush when applying. I used it for my 1st born & my 2nd (just two days ago). It's all gone. I applied it twice while giving her a bath & brushed it off & rinsed quite a few times. Hope it works for you!





 






 I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU...SAME THING I USED ON MY DAUGHTER





I might have to try that...my son had it on his face and I got rid of that, didnt want to put any of these products on his face but now he has a little on his head now so maybe I will give this a try I think they have it at Target!

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

The one thing I have found that works is http://www.gentlenaturals.com/
works great & you do have to use a soft brush when applying. I used it for my 1st born & my 2nd (just two days ago). It's all gone. I applied it twice while giving her a bath & brushed it off & rinsed quite a few times. Hope it works for you!


 



 I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU...SAME THING I USED ON MY DAUGHTER

Gemma - posted on 12/16/2009

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i foung with both my daughters if you use Adult shampoo & conditioner your bub won't get it. I found if i used baby shampoo or body wash they woul get cradle cap and exma.

Claire - posted on 12/16/2009

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I got this great stuff from BRU ... Gentle Naturals ... it has baby Pooh on it and I rubbed a little on the spots and washed her hair like usual with her baby magic ... toweled off her head and took a soft comb to her head .... it took about 15 minutes to gently lift the scales and it hasn't come back and it was pretty bad to begin with ... cost me
$5 totally awesome

Deidre - posted on 12/16/2009

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All I did for my little girl is rubbed baby oil on her head and i used alot of it and took a small comb and kept rubbing (brushing) the flakes off her head and kept repeating it, I was suprised but my daughter seemed to love me combing her head and it took care of it right away and she has not gotten it back yet and its been a week ago since i did it.

Katy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I went to the doctor today because my 4 month old has it bad but it must really irritate him. I cut his finger nails 3 times a week and every morning he rubs and scratches his head, it looks so sore.
My doctor told me to rub olive oil or baby oil on his head...leave it a while and then to bath him, that didnt work, I think it irritated his skin a bit so he was prescribed eczema cream.

Tiffany - posted on 12/14/2009

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my doc told me to get selsun blue and use her brush to kinda scrub it into her scalp so I did, I used this everyday for about 3 days and her cradle cap was gone. It works I promise

Megan - posted on 12/12/2009

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Ok so cradle cap is all genetics, it is nothing that you are doing or not doing. There is really nothing you can do to get rid of it it will go away eventually. Also cradle cap is not only on the scalp but can be anywhere on the body, just dry patches they can be anywhere.
My son had these big dry patches on his cheaks, not very noticeable but I knew they were there and asked my doctor if he could recommend some lotion for it and he laughed at me and said he saw it and it is cradle cap, I was shocked and that is when he told me it was genetic and it is from the oils from your placenta! He told me there wasn't much you can do.

There is a shampoo I know you can buy...As for me since it was on his cheeks couldn't use shampoo. I looked it up in the internet that you can use baby oil and then message it and brush it with a soft brussel tooth brush for a bout 5 minutes or as long as your baby will let you.

I swear to you that this works. I started doing it everyday and then every other day after his baths..I notice after his baths it worked the best. It isn't a miracle but it does work in time. I say right away I noticed it getting better but within a few weeks it is gone. I thought is almost even got worse or stayed the same for a little bit but kept doing it and it worked. It doesn't hurt you baby but he may not like it. My son cried everytime and I felt bad but it really helped him, I think he was more mad about the oil on his face and me messing with his face. :)
After I scrub then aI would wipe the baby oil off and rub creamy baby oil on his face. I seriously just got done doing this a few weeks ago. My son is 4 months old and it started around 2 months. I would also rub it and try to get the flaky skin off, it does not hurt him. That is the point of the cradle cap it is the dry flaky skin that you are trying to get off! If you google cradle cap you will find info on it. And yes it will eventually just go away but if you were like me it bothered me, my doc said it bothered me way more than it bothered my baby.

HOPE THIS HELPS!!

Sarah-louise - posted on 12/11/2009

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I used to use olive oil or grapeseed oil. Rub it into the scalp and leave, it will gradually come off when towel drying. Dont pick at it even if some bits are loose as you could take off the new skin cells. Don't use baby shampoo as this can make cradle cap worse as it is too rich for a baby's skin, when you add baby bath to the bath water there is enough to cleanse the skin. I never used anything other then baby bath til my daughter was nearly a yr old then I started using Dove soap and natural shampoo such as Aveda. I still keep to using these and my oldest is four and although she has eczema it not as bad as it would if i didn't use natural stuff on her skin.

Debbilou - posted on 12/09/2009

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Johnson & Johnson's Baby oil works wonders! And gently brush his hair as well. I was told not to use adult shampoo on my daughter's hair so I just put the oil on after each bath and brushed it and it went away in a week.

Danika - posted on 12/08/2009

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my son started to get cradle cap when he was 3 months old and i went out and bought some baby oil creme....i got the creme stuff instead of the oil cuz then i can start washing my sons hair with it in the bath...i put two quarter size amounts in my hands and scrub his head with my fingers and after the bath you can immediately tell it worked...i used it for a week and by the end of the week it was completely gone...i found that this stuff works really well..i love it

Amber - posted on 12/08/2009

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The bad part about combing the cradle cap is that the hair folicles come out with it. So they lose alot of there hair.

Kacie - posted on 12/08/2009

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from what I know you have to wash their head really good when you bath them, and brush their hair every day to get off the cradle cap thats already there. My son is four months old and his never had cradle cap, and all I do is wash his head good, and brush the little bit of hair he has really good..hope that can help you get rid of it! Good Luck

ROBIN - posted on 12/08/2009

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Walmart or Target carry a product called Cradle Cap Care, its a greenish bottle with Winnie The Pooh characters on the front. I rubbed that into my baby's head and used a soft comb to pull the flakes out...It takes a bit of time, but it did not seem to irritate her at all while I was doing it, and it went away immediately!

Allison - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son is 3 months and has had no sign of cradle cap yet, so I'll tell you what I do that I believe is the reason. When he gets his bath (not every night, every other), I wet his hair, squirt some baby oil on his head, rub it all over, add his baby wash (shampoo), lather that real good with the baby oil and then rinse, dry and brush. I've been doing this every bath since he's been born and he has not had one single flake, not sure what made me do it this away but I'm convinced that doing so has kept the cradle cap or any dry scalp away.

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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My pediatrician said a little bit of Head and Shoulders, it worked right away (and she had it bad) Before that I had bought the $15 stuff from at Babies R Us and it didn't help

Rachelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughters both had it and my dr. told me to mix head and shoulders with baby oil and do that a few times. It worked for both of them

Sara - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi All,
My son also has cradle cap, it seems to worry the mother in law more than me lol. I am just putting on olive oil and giving it a light brush to get the loose bits off. I was actually told by a 'skin specialist' that you dont need to really do anything for it, just olive oil if it gets quite cracked. So from a specialists point of view, it will go on its own eventually. Sara :)

Jessica - posted on 12/03/2009

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yeah baby oil n wash bubby's hair everyday.......its good to wash baby's hair everyday to stimulate growth

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009

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The one thing I have found that works is http://www.gentlenaturals.com/
works great & you do have to use a soft brush when applying. I used it for my 1st born & my 2nd (just two days ago). It's all gone. I applied it twice while giving her a bath & brushed it off & rinsed quite a few times. Hope it works for you!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

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my 3 month old has it on her head and forehead...Doc told me to use the baby oil gel does not run and stays where you put it over night and brush her hair/scrub her forehead in the am. It has worked so far. He also said to only wash her hair everyother bath to help with her skin drying. Hope this helps

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2009

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HI my baby has cradle cap n the front of his head... in Wal-mart they have this stuff called cradle cap care.. it may be stinky but it helps alot... it actually gets it out with out the hair falling out

Adriane - posted on 11/30/2009

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My 3 month old had it when she was first born, and i didnt even know what it was until i went to the doctor. For me what worked really quick was using the aveeno baby wash on her hair at bathtime, and then while the hair is still wet use baby oil to help loosen up the flakes. Its gonna be a little messy but like 2-3 days of that and it was gone COMPLETELY, and hasnt come back since. Hope this helps, good luck!

Verity - posted on 11/29/2009

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Cocoa butter works for my baby! You don't have the hassle of having to wash it off either cause it's a moisturiser you just rub it in. I use Palmers Cocoa butter. I read about this in the NZ Womans Weekly a couple of weeks ago

Joanne - posted on 11/26/2009

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i use baby oil and the wash her hair in cradle cap shampoo which seems to work she still has abit but not as much as before

Simone - posted on 11/13/2009

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hi you can use olive oil, i use it on my baby, i use it to massage her down to. don't use cooking olive oil, you can get the 1 for your skin. hope that helps.

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009

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thats what i did too. put lotion on his head. the bedtime kind. it smells yummy :) just try using the baby wash instead of shampoo. it worked so well for my little boy.

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009

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I also used baby oil and put a skull cap on him afterwards. then i quit using baby shampoo on his head and it went away almost immediatly. i just use the baby wash. it isnt as drying.

Megan - posted on 10/26/2009

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I used baby oil and a soft brissle brush and scrubrd it softly... thats how the dr told me to do it and it works great

Dangelys - posted on 10/26/2009

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My best friend said try olive oil. ive also heard baby oil will do it or if you want go to the store and the baby section will have a rememdy for it. i saw it at walmart for 6.00. But honestly baby oil or olive oil will do it.it takes a few weeks sometimes but just brush it away w a soft baby brush and oil.

Madelaine - posted on 10/24/2009

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I think the key is really to wash their hair daily. If I don't want to do a full bath, I just put a towel under her head and scrub her hair. As long as you do it regularly, I think the cradle cap will go away, no matter what you use.

Tasia - posted on 10/23/2009

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I dont know maybe I'll use that but no baby oil... His skin and stuff is too sensitive so I gotta be careful...

Madelaine - posted on 10/23/2009

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I don't like the baby oil because it makes her hair really greasy. It looks like I have a dirty baby, so I use the Aveeno. It's a little expensive, but it works.

Tasia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Jessica yea thats what my pediatrician said. Olive oil at night and comb it out...

Tasia - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have baby shampoo but Im not gonna use the baby oil because Im afraid it will go in his pores

Tasia - posted on 10/23/2009

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They told me to not to use baby oil. But I could use cooking oil
Iand the shampoo for dandruff

Erin - posted on 10/23/2009

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I just used baby lotion...I put it on his head every night after bath along with the rest of his body, and it cleared up really fast! I didn't really want to put oil on his head and liked how the lotion rubs all the way in right away!

Amanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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I'm sure you have gotten this answer a lot already but I've used baby oil because it keeps it a little more moist.

Madelaine - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter has really bad cradle cap that keeps coming back so I use Aveeno baby wash and scrub with a wash cloth. I also wash her hair every couple of days and that keeps it from coming back.

Shauna - posted on 10/22/2009

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My 2 month old has it too and what I do is when he's in the bath I lather up his head with baby shampoo then kind of gently rub it with a toothbrush. It hasn't completely gone away but it's helping a lot!

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