my baby has cradle cap

JaQuai - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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Hi. I am a 31 year old first time mom. Everything I am goin through is a wonderful experience. I am concerned abt the cradle cap. He has alot of hair but it is starting to come out. Is there anything i can do to stop it??

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Shauna - posted on 03/14/2010

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I just went to my pediatrician this past week because my son had cradle cap that smelled like stinky feet! I have seen a few other posts on here that mentioned similar stories as mine, and I fully & completely trust my doctor (and then the several mothers who echoed his words after I came home). Here's what he said: if cradle cap gets really bad it can start to spread to the face. "cradle cap" is obviously not the scientific term, and it's just something that was coined because it most OFTEN occurs on the head. My baby has dry skin on his face and arms, and even pinkish areas on his neck -- all part of cradle cap! Also, I put baby oil and even vaseline a couple times after reading posts here. However, according to the dr that would have just made it worse! What happens is the baby oil/vaseline will clog the pores and even though the flakes are gone temporarily they come back with a vengeance... much worse than before. He "prescribed" dandruff shampoo - bathe every two days & use the dandruff shampoo for the scalp every other bath. We're using Head & Shoulders and after only 2 applications it is sooo much better! And not coming back in those areas either! His face is already starting to clear up, just like the doc said it would once the head cleared up. Hope this will help someone else out there!!

Amy - posted on 02/16/2010

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For now my youngest does not have it, however my oldest boy had it. The way I got rid of it was to only wash his hair every other day. When I did wash it I used a "poof" ( what you would use on your body to wash with) because it was soft but ruff enough to loosen the cradle cap off. Then I put just a little it of oil on his head to give moisture. It worked for me! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/15/2010

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I got some stuff from Gentle Naturals at walmart with Pooh on the front. You put it on before bath and comb out the dry scalp scales and then wash as usual. I did it twice and it took it away. It was really weird the whole top layer of skin flake off on my son and then it went away. Hope it helps

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Sharleen - posted on 11/20/2011

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use STELAKER by Mustela. it works wonders on cradle cap. just apply overnight for about two weeks. pair it with the FOAM SHAMPOO FOR NEWBORNS of Mustela, to gently wash the flakes every morning.

Joyce - posted on 03/26/2010

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in the tub put baby oil on the scalp, let sit for a minute, wash twice, brush scales out gently, repeat routine every time u bathe, the baby will be fine in a month. Sure-fire!

Katie - posted on 03/23/2010

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i washed my babys hair everyday with shampoo and was out with clean water then make sure hair is completely dry then use a soft brush and just lightly brush hair it wont hurt and it helps lift it out it took 3 days for my sons to go good luck

Annette - posted on 03/15/2010

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If you are talking about the baby's hair coming out, this is normal, he is only losing his baby hair to get his adult hair. So this is nothing to worry about. As for the cradle cap, you can put a little bit of baby oil on the affected areas and let it sit for maybe half hour, give him a bath and use a baby brush to wash his hair, this should remove the cradle cap.

Hope this helps your concerns,
Annette

Brittany - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son is mixed black/white I went to the local beauty supply and purchased a little bottle of carrot/olive oil it smells great and it work in three days it was gone. I still use it after every hair washing which is only 2x's a week so his hair doesnt get dry.

Heather - posted on 03/14/2010

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not all dandruff in the same head n shoulders and selsum blue are for the more common dry scalp dandruff, a daily clarifying shampoo will help with dandruff caused by an oily scalp

Samantha - posted on 03/13/2010

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my son is 3 months old and he had cradle cap i didn't use anything when he was in the bath i used a headlice come and when the hair was wet, gently combed his head and after a few days it was all clear

Stevie - posted on 03/12/2010

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Our little Rowan has hair that is over 2 inches long. We noticed cradle cap starting to form and we use J&J head to toe baby wash on her hair, massage it in with a baby hair brush and then use a baby comb to help loosen up the buld up. Its doing so good now. She bathes every morning and night, its just the habit we have with the babes in our house, I couldn't imagine how yucky her hair would be if I didn't wash it at least once per day. Good lucky, I think using a gentle comb through is the best.

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all i do is put johnsons baby oil in the bath instead of soap and rub extra oil on there head and massage it in. with a fine brush, brush through and then pick out dryness as it flakes off and leave the oil in overnight and wash it out next day. I have done it for my 3 girls and have never had a problem with it. no need to spend money on all the fancy creams and crap for cradle cap its super easy with just all

Rachel - posted on 03/11/2010

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my son had a bad case of cradle cap too and the pediatrician recommended cortaid on his head twice a day and vaseline on any other parts (face etc.) she told me not to use lotion as that may contain perfumes or other irritating things to his skin

Timi - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son has that problem! Its not as bad as it was a few weeks ago!! I put baby oil on his head and then I use his brush and just kinda brush it through!! And I do that about every 2 weeks!! It seems to work and it is getting a lot better. This last time it wasnt as bad!!

Jamie - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi :) My son of 12 weeks also had cradle cap. What worked best for me is to put baby oil on his head, wait like 15 minutes for it to soak in, then used a toothbrush to MASSAGE the dry skin away. I did this every two days and noticed it was going away. Once it got to that stage I just did the same thing during bath time with his shampoo and an extra one of his hair brushes. He now only has minor dry skin at the top of his forhead which lotion takes care of. Hope this helps.

Anna - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi i am a 21 year old first time mum.My little girl has the same problem.I put pawpaw cream (vaseline works well too) through babys hair and as directed by my nana i used a soft piece of cardboard to lift the flakes off her scalp.Didnt seem to bother her at all. Try using mild baby wash and a couple of drops of baby oil in the bath water as putting it directly on babys scalp will make babys hair quite greasy.Avoid thick creamy baby washes. I use mahu baby wash(not sure if sold in your country)it has worked wonders.

Kathleen - posted on 03/10/2010

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baby oil works. it is what my sons doctor told me to do. put the baby oil on let it set for a couple of minutes then use a baby brush. It basically comes right up. It is what I did. Basically just confirming I guess what everyone else is telling you.

Patrice - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son's cradle cap is horrible, his hair suddnely started falling out will i was washing his hair this past weekend, and of course i freaked and took him to the ER. his dr prescribed an oil that has seemed to have helped with removing the crust and his hair is still coming out just not as bad.

Nelleke - posted on 03/10/2010

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hi there, our baby has it too, and I make sure his scalp gets lotion, and after that i carefully try to take the crust off. Works pretty good. this is our sevent child and I have never had it as much with my babies as with this one

Amy - posted on 03/10/2010

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My baby has it, and her hair is falling out too. A lot of baby born with hair usualy will lose it and grow it back. It's not related to the Cradle cap that I know of. But my ped. suggested I use a baby brush and brush baby oil in her hair. Or I could very carefuly use a small amount of dandruff shampoo. It's not realy that bothersome for me to look at and it doesn't seem to bother her, so I see no reason to treat it, time will take care of it.

Shannon - posted on 03/09/2010

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Hi. When my son was born he had very bad cradle cap ans also all his skin was peeling pretty badly.. I was told by a friend to put a little bit of Alpha Keri Oil dry skin treatment into his bath water and it all cleared up within days.. My baby is half Tanzanian and his hair used to fall out heaps but now only a little bit... I hope that helps you. Sorry that it is a little late.

Kelly - posted on 03/09/2010

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I asked my daughters daughter what to do for her cradle cap and her told me to scrub it with a wash cloth when I washed her hair, and to be afraid to give it a little scrub, that it wouldnt hurt her. Afterwards he said to put some baby oil on it. My daughters cradle cap is almost gone now. it worked well.

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2010

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My babies both had the same problem, just simple baby oil on the scalp, cleared it up almost overnight. Just rub baby oil in and cover with a little hat to stop it rubbing on the bedding.

Katie - posted on 03/09/2010

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my daughter has it too. i asked my doctor & he suggested washing her hair every day with selsun blue dandruff shampoo at least once a day..& brushing her hair with the shampoo still in her hair then rinsing it out.. the brush with toughen the scalp so their skin isn't so flakey. i wouldn't recommend not washing your babies hair for a couple days..

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2010

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I use Mustela Cradle Cap Foaming Shampoo. Works great. You can find it at Babies 'R Us

Natasha - posted on 03/09/2010

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Hi, My little boy had cradle cap so i was told to try a shampoo called dentinox, you can buy it in most supermarkets with all the baby stuff, (its usually on the top shelf with things like infacol, bonjela, that sort of stuff) its made for babys and the smell reminds me of turkish delight. It worked really well, i used it daily for a week and it had cleared up, now i just use it once a week to prevent it coming back.

Callie - posted on 03/09/2010

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my doctor actually told me to use head and shoulders shampoo on my daughter. just dont get it in the eyes. and if it spreads to the face use hydrocortizone cream. it cleared my daughter up quick

Julia - posted on 03/09/2010

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My doctor told me that I may need to wash her head more often and when I do it to use a wet wash cloth and gently "exfoliate" her head where the cradle cap is. That's worked for her. I bath her about every 2-3 days and I'm sure to rub her head gently each time with the wash cloth when I have the soap on her head. It's works very well and then I don't have to grease her head up every night with oils and lotions. Good luck!

Anna - posted on 03/09/2010

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Yes use baby oil, lotion or even a weak anti dandrif shampoo my oldest had it for ever and my youngest has it to and these are the best to get rid of it!!

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My 3 y.o had horrible cradle cap(and still does, it's just called dandruff now lol), and I tried all the solutions and oils on her, it never helped. But w/ my son, I had him in the tub w/ me one night and was picking at the cradle cap when I spied the pedicure brush sitting on the side of the tub. You know, the one w/ the pumice stone and brush on top, and the file and grater on the handle. Jokingly, I picked it up and used the brush part to rub his head a little bit. He gurgles and loves it, so I just did that, very gently, over the top of his head. It got all red, and I quit, but he wasn't angry or hurt or anything, and the next day, the spots I had "scrubbed" were cradle cap free, and have been ever since. So I'll be finishing it up here soon. :) Good luck!



Edit- the hair falling out is natural, yours will too as the hormones in both of you level out :D

Tiffany - posted on 03/08/2010

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I have been told by a health nurse to put mineral or olive oil on and leave it on for a few hours before bathtime then wash it off. You can also take a soft brush to it after the oil and gently remove some of the skin. It will take a few times to get rid of it completely though. Just an all natural approach.

Glori - posted on 03/07/2010

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Heres what I did... I combed my babies hair, everyday to loosen the skin and stimulate the scalp. When I bathed her, after I wet her head I put the baby shampoo in and combed thru it to help remove the dead skin, and rinsed. After her bath I put a tiny bit of Eucirin on my fingers and massaged her little scalp. Her scalp was all better within a few weeks.

Sam - posted on 03/07/2010

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hi, my daughter is nearly 11wks and shes got it bad too all i do is put vaseline on her head and leave it on over night then it just wipes off the next morning.

Paula - posted on 03/06/2010

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the thing that I hav found takes care of it in a few uses is selson blue. I have used it on all 3 of my kids per doctor an within 4 washes it is gone just make sure not to get it in their eyes

Dawn - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have to agree with the last few that head and sholders works great. It was recomended from our doctor. I was also told that Selsen Blue works. I usually about 30 minutes before bath put olive oil on her head and work it in with the baby comb, and them wash her head with the Head and Shoulders, I let the shampoo sit on her head while I finish her bath, and then rinse it out. It seems to be working really well, don't use it every night, only about 2 times a week. Good Luck. This is my fourth baby and she has had the worst Cradle Cap than any of my other children.

Sonia - posted on 03/05/2010

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I used a baby brush with johnson and johnson baby shampoo. It gets the dry thick stuff off without being too rough on her skin. I did it every other day for about a week. That took care of it.

Sharee - posted on 03/05/2010

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Both of my boys have a ton of hair at birth,so cradle cap is an issue for uys too. My doc told me to use head & shoulders on them-worked like a charm, just be careful to keep it out of her eyes!

Stephanie - posted on 03/05/2010

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my doctor told me to use head and shoulders on baby's head. I also read online to later with the baby brush to get it to his scalp. This seemed to do the trick, oils made it worst. I tried a few things, the doctor even gave a me a prescription but I think time is what made it go away.

Anja - posted on 03/05/2010

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Don`t wash his hair with any shampoo. This can make it worse. I used something special for cradle cap from Gentle Naturals (Disney Baby). The bottle is white and green and there is a picture with Pooh on it. This was the only thing that helped with my daugther, i tired first a few other things, because my older son had it to when he was a baby. But this was really the only one with results.

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I use the Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care by Disney Baby (someone else mentioned this above). This stuff is fantastic. Two applications, and my son's cradle cap is gone, and you only need to use it about once a month once you get it under control. I don't bathe my child daily (about twice a week is all), so I don't know about overwashing their scalp, but this stuff works WONDERS. I used it with my first child, too.

Veronica - posted on 03/05/2010

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i was told my husbands friends mom (lol) that you want to mix baking soda and water. Then dip a tooth brush in the mixture and brush the baby soft spot in a circular motion gently (it wont harm the baby) you will instantly see it pop up and vuela looks like it was never there.

Jaime - posted on 03/05/2010

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I use a soap and scent free product called **Moo Goo** (I'm in Australia, not sure if it's available OS) ... I put a few pumps in my babies bath and one pump to wash his hair. He's half black by the way. I have 2 kids and they have never had cradle cap, not even a hint of it. I hope you can get on top of it real soon :).

Lainie - posted on 03/04/2010

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I put baby oil on my daughters head every morning and wash it every other day with an organic baby shampoo and then i use a fine comb to lift the loose stuff off. I know it will clear in its own time but i still try to get rid of as much as i can.

Suzi - posted on 03/04/2010

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I put oil in my sons hair before his baths and within a week his cradle cap was gone

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All of my babies have had this. You can keep doing all that stuff with the oil, or you can just leave it alone. Nothing will cure it, it just takes time. My oldest son had it for 11 months. The best thing to do is to just brush it when you are washing his hair. That will lift it out. The oils will not hurt though. If you wash too much though it will make his scalp dry. Just takes time is all

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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Both of my boys had it and we used the cradle cap shampoo from Disney. and I used baby oil too after each bath. but my boys didn't have alot of hair so the skin was easy to get to. or you can probably use Aveeno shampoo too it help moisturize. hope this is helpful

Laura - posted on 02/24/2010

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ive heard that olive oil and a fine comb can help although i havent tried it, my little boy is getting it and i tend to sit and pick at it but i dont think im supposed to!

Heather - posted on 02/23/2010

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use physoderm it is ph balanced for human skin so it doesn't become too dry or too oily you can find it in the section with other face washes and recently I saw physoderm baby in the baby isle

Chelsea - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter's now 9 weeks old and has had just a little cradle cap since birth. I just scrub her head when she gets a bath,usually every other day,whiche gets rid of the skin and by the next bath it's back again. I use the Shea&Coco Butter Johnson&Johnsons and it seems to be helping!

Angel - posted on 02/21/2010

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Johnsons and Johnsons has this soap... Its in a yellow bottle... Shea & Coco Butter Body wash it.... I used this to get rid of my daughters cradle cap. Trust me it worked really well. Try it and let me know how it works... angelic.princess21@gmail.com

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap pretty bad when she was about 5 weeks old. I googled it and saw that you can put olive oil or baby oil on their head, let it sit for like 15 minutes, and then comb it out with a fine comb, then I gave her a bath and washed her hair a few times to get all of the oil out, combed it again, and repeated it for a few nights and it was all gone!! Good luck!!

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2010

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I just washed with the aveno shampoo it's very gentle with no alcohol in it. I only washed his hair every other day and after 2 treatments the cradlecap was gone..thank goodness I know it doesn't hurt them but it is so yucky

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