Cradle cap

Alicia - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I realize a newborn's skin is really sensitive. My little 7 wk old now has cradle cap. Any suggestions? Will it go away in a month or two? Any input would be appreciated.

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Brandie - posted on 04/13/2010

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my son got cradle cap at about 7 or 8 weeks and the dr.s tell me to comb and brush his hair right after he gets out of the bath well to tell ya the truth that hasn't worked and its slowly going away on its own... but that technique might work for you... give it a try... i also heard if you use about a dime size of baby oil and massage it into her head after a shower helps... idk hope this helps....

Andrea - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't know why each time this question comes up I am the odd ball - but I am a first time mother and was told by my pediatrician to put Vaseline on it, and massage the dry skin off with my finger. Vaseline is beautifully moisturizing, hypoallergenic and unscented. I did this once a day for two days and it was gone in 3 days. and I didn't have to "comb" my babies head - which I found to be a very odd suggestion? :)

Katherine - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't know why they call mineral oil "baby oil"! Please use olive oil instead of mineral oil! EVEN A SMALL DROP OF INGESTED MINERAL OIL CAN END UP SUFFOCATING YOUR BABY! It's not digestable, so baby's will spit it up, and it can touch the windpipe or be aspirated into the lungs. At that point, the little bit of oil can spread and coat the entire inside surface of the child's lungs--suffocating him/her.

Sara - posted on 04/03/2010

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I like fruit (olive, apricot) or nut (peanut, almond) oils for cradle cap. I figure if it's safe to eat, it should be safe to put on a newborn's skin (which can easily absorb chemicals). You can put it on before or after bath, or you can even leave it on overnight.... the oil will just soak in. They also work really well. My mother always used to swear by peanut butter for really stubborn cases. I don't like mineral oil (baby oil) or vaseline.

Sequaria - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter also had cradle cap. Our doctor suggested we use head and shoulders when we washed her hair at least three times a week. We also had one of those soft sponges that had bristles of the opposite side that came from the hospital. witihin a couple of washes it came off. But it can reappear again. They say it will permanently go away by age one. I was also so told to put baby oil on daily so people use olive oil.. but not vaseline because it clogs up the pores

Denise - posted on 04/01/2010

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a nice gently oil and also regular brushing of the hair and scalp with a baby brush. Apparently it helps stimulate the natural oils. My daughter has had it and it comes and goes some worse than others. Good luck

Meghan - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter has it too. I have tried leaving it, and now it is coming off on its own. Now it is taking the hair with it. I found a piece in her car seat with at least a dozen hairs in it! How do I keep the hair from coming with it?

Pam - posted on 04/01/2010

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My guy had it too. As I'm sure you realize, it's hugely common. Oil (baby, petrol, etc) works well to loosen it off. If your little one has a stubborn case, my guy's would not go away on it's own, a mild dandruff shampoo works. My doc said it's the same thing that cause dandruff in adults. Good luck it does go away!

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My son had a mild case of cradle cap. I asked the pediatrician about it and she said to put baby oil on his head/in his hair for about 10min before his bath, then wash it out. While you are shampooing it out use one of those soft baby brushed to loosen the flakes or lightly with your finger nails. Worked like a charm for us, I only used the oil once.

Liz - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son had really bad cradle cap and I realised that it was the Johnson Head to Toe bath wash so I switch to a natural product and within 2 weeks it has all but disapeared on it's own

Alicia - posted on 03/31/2010

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BTW- it went away after 2 wks of treating consistently with Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap shampoo and brushing (gently) off the scales each day.

Kelly - posted on 03/07/2010

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I was told that it's very common. My daughter had it too and I was told I can either wait for it to go away on it's own OR I can use petroleum jelly and massage it gently then wash her hair. I decided I would try the petroleum jelly and it did the job, but it took several hair washings before the oilyness went away and the flakes fell off.
Hope this helps.

Melyssa - posted on 03/07/2010

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Even though everything I read, our pediatrician said you could pick the flakes. If its stuck on really good just leave it, she also said if it wasn't bothering baby then its not a worry. It'll go away with time!

Beck - posted on 03/07/2010

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Well, my son was the same, even his eye brows, he looked a really crusty head. NOTHING would get rid of it, not the stuff from the chemist, olive oil, baby oil... nothing... so I (AGAINST EVERYTHING I READ) picked at it... I know, kind of gross but they were really BIG scabs...so whilst be fed, I would pick off a little, it didn't bother him. So after a few days I had got it all. Its up to you, but it did no damage, just thought I would pass it on.

Jessie - posted on 03/07/2010

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I added 2 drops of tee tree oil to my son's soap (my friend/and doctor suggested this)and it was gone within a couple of days.

Rebecca - posted on 03/07/2010

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It is very common and usually will go away within a few months, expecially with the warming weather coming (depending on where you live) so now babys are wearing hats less frequently. Wearing a hat makes the head sweat which can worsen the build-up. But regardless of that it will not harm the baby. Both of my kids had it really bad, my pediatritian recomended using a very small amount of head and shoulders (just do not get it in the eyes) and within 2 washes the craddle cap was pretty much gone. You can if you are nervous about the head and shoulders use oil on the head, allow it to soak in for an hour (if you can) and then use a comb or baby brush and brush the scales out. It can be quite a mess but sometimes will help depending on how severe the build up is.

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You can try to put baby oil or olive oil on your baby's head. Leave it on for a few minutes then gently comb out the loose flakes. To prevent it use a baby brush to gently massage the scalp in a circular motion while you shampoo.

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