how do I treat cradle cap in his head

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Rachel - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have found that hydrogen peroxide diluted 50/50 with water applied liberally with a cotton ball worked wonders. let it sit for a few min then shampoo. This also works well for the yellow scappy skin they get in their eyebrows. The best part is this is not a harsh chemical.

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Zakiya - posted on 11/07/2009

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keep using the baking soda and less oil. the more oil and grease the worst it can come and it will keep comming back. when my daughter had it i washed it with baking soda every other day or so and when her head dried i would gently scratch one section and then stop and waited a couple more days and did the same until it was gone didnt want her head to get sore after that it was gone and stayed gone i used baby lotion until her started to grow and now i use oil never had a problem again.

Zakiya - posted on 11/07/2009

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if its flaky like a yellow cakey look try to gently scrtch it out. I did for my daughter but if its not flaky try to wash his hair with warm water and baking soda. keep OUT a lot of grease and oils in the head it can come worst or keep comming back. cradle cap comes from a gland in the head thats give out excess oils which makes that build form so try not to much oil if you do olive oil is the best.

Alison - posted on 11/04/2009

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i'm a naturalist. i hate using chemicals on my kids. (i don't even soap in the tub). i have norwex cloths, which are microfiber and have a silver lining in them kills bacteria. i use this in place of soap. the microfiber on the cloth is great for cradle cap! my older daughter, 22 months, still has cradle cap, i've been using the norwex bath cloth on her head for the past week, and her dry scalp is almost gone! my other daughter, 5 months, had a little bit of cradle cap, and it's all gone........ if you can't get norwex, at least try a microfiber cloth! it's cheaper than chemicals... and safer! :)

Linda - posted on 11/03/2009

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I always used a little babyoil and a very tiny thin comb so it didn't scratch their scalp

Shatika - posted on 11/03/2009

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First don't wash your child hair every day, once a week is good. I used mineral oil,it works well. Not baby oil,it will make it worse

Darcel - posted on 11/03/2009

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How bad is his cradle cap? Is it really bad hindering hair growth, thick, yellow, and really cakey, in baby's eyebrows and on the forehead and hands? Or is it just unsightly in the hair and scalp and looks ichy but the baby does not seem to mind? If it is the first kind ask your doctor for a cream and some advice. If it is the second kind, don't worry it will go away. Just continue to brush the hair normally, a bit of EVOO, and he/she will be over it in no time.



When my baby had cradle cap I would use a really soft baby brush to massage his scalp, style his hair and brush the loose flakes away. I would brush in the direction of the hair growth and clean the brush often. I only needed to use olive oil (EVOO) a couple of times on the red scaly patches to loosen the flakes early and it worked like a charm. Once the flakes where gone the red patches didn't look so bad.

Shelly - posted on 11/03/2009

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baby oil and a fine-toothed comb. They have product out there but it stinks and it is hard to get out of their hair.

Liz - posted on 11/03/2009

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when you bath him make sure you rub his head good with a cloth and then put baby oil on it after he gets out. then put some more on in the morning when he gets up.

Jenny - posted on 11/02/2009

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Use a small amount of Head N Shoulders, be careful not to get it in his eyes, about 3 washes over a couple of weeks should do it. Also put Aquaphor on his head after to relieve any hot spots. Good luck & God Bless

Rani - posted on 11/02/2009

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It is best just to leave it alone due to the fact that by trying to get it off, the baby's head can become sore and irritated. One day it will just be gone on it's own.

Michelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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My baby had cradle cap and I used Olive Oil, that you can find in any store that carries African American hair products.Its not going to go away immediately,but you apply it to your baby's scalp & let sit for a couple of minutes.Scratch the scalp w/a comb & wash.It will go away but do this til it does....Good luck

Kimisha - posted on 11/01/2009

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wash your baby's hair with an effective baby shampoo and then massage the area with a soft brissel toothbrush.

Cheryl - posted on 11/01/2009

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Whoever said you don't need to wash you're baby everyday hit the nail on the head!! If you feel you need to wash the bottom, fine, let them play in the tub. But you don't need to shampoo everyday. you are contributing to the issue.



Our children have always had ALOT of hair and some cradle cap. We just used alittle oil to loosen it (I prefer vitE or tea tree oil) but exactly, that's just to get it off- not stop it. What stopped it was when I stopped washing their hair everyday. I did some research and I even stopped washing my hair everyday and it has become much more managable!!

Many of our allergies are because we are actually too clean of a society and what we clean with is not healthy to our bodies. Did you know you can clean your house for less than $25 a year using vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and a few other products??? All this stuff we buy at the store to keep our house clean causes much of our asthma, esczma, migraines, etc.

Anyway, sorry for the rant. *Gets off her soapbox*

Mary Jo - posted on 11/01/2009

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The problem with using anything with oil is you could make it worse. You should brush the scalp carefully several times a day. Use selsum blue or tee tree oil shampoo twice a week. Don't give up. Just be careful not to iratate the scalp.

Toni - posted on 11/01/2009

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What causes cradle cap?

Cradle cap is the normal buildup of sticky skin oils, scales, and sloughed skin cells.



How is it treated?

Home treatment is usually all that is needed for cradle cap.



An hour before shampooing, rub your baby's scalp with baby oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly to help lift the crusts and loosen scales.

When ready to shampoo, first get the scalp wet, then gently scrub the scalp with a soft-bristle brush (a soft toothbrush works well) for a few minutes to remove the scales. You can also try gently removing the scales with a fine-tooth comb.

Then wash the scalp with baby shampoo, rinse well, and gently towel dry.

Toni - posted on 11/01/2009

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I agree...the baby oil works well, but it doesn't stop the cradle cap, it just allows you to loosen all the dry skin and it helps moisturize the scalp.

Denise - posted on 11/01/2009

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i tried most of all of the above and nothing would shift it, I decided to give up and let it go away on its own, to keep his hair clean i just used johnsons baby shampoo and 8 days later he had no cradle cap!! Maybe worth a try for you?

Kelly - posted on 11/01/2009

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Shampoo his head with head and shoulders shampoo. OR you can wait it out. It is not painful and does not require treatment to go away. I waited it out. both my girls had it

Krystalann - posted on 10/31/2009

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try shea butter, my cousin used that and it worked for her daughter, but the baby oil and baby brush worked for mine so u gotta keep trying till u find something that works for u

Toni - posted on 10/31/2009

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Baby oil is the best...works every time. Try to not shampoo his hair every day. Anything that lathers can dry the skin. Babies don't get that dirty all the time to where they need to be "shampooed" every night.

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Our daughter had cradle cap too. We used babyoil and it worked okay. The thing I found the best to keep it from getting worse was brushing her hair in the direction that it lies. When we combed in the opposite direction it would peel big chunks of skin off along with a bunch of hair. This slowed the hair growth on the top of her head. Eventually it went away, but I think the baby oil and brushing in the proper direction helped.

Celeste - posted on 10/31/2009

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Yes, Baby oil works well. Doc said to rub in 15-30min before bath and bathe like normal then use baby brush to GENTLY comb out scales. Do NOT pick at the scales, it hurts baby and can make things worse. This may take a few days/week to cure.

Victoria - posted on 10/31/2009

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With my older two, we used baby oil & Vaseline respectively, with the youngest nothing has seemed to work, she's almost 4 yrs old & she still has a problem with it. It hinder hair growth & makes her hair very fine. I'd appreciate advice too, we've tried baking soda, we've tried different shampoos, we've tried baby oil & Vaseline, someone mention so cradle cap ointment, I was wondering if they knew what the product was called, I live in Canada and we don't have target.

Elin - posted on 10/31/2009

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At Target they sell Cradle Cap ointment. in bath you just rub a little on and brush lightly off the stuff and then shampoo it out!!! Its awesome!

Tamara - posted on 10/31/2009

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with my son after a bath we put a little bit of baby lotion on his head then take a soft bristle baby brush and brush his hair. We also haven't had any problems with cradle cap with our son, but it's worth a try, we also try to bathe him every day because sleeps and his little head does better when we do.

Erin - posted on 10/31/2009

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my daughter had the cradle cap thing too...she was fine when i put her to bed, and when she woke up, her scalp was very scaley. i also did the baking soda thing and it didn't work. i went to my pediatrician and they gave me a cream for her.

Ashleigh - posted on 10/31/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I tried baby oil but the cradle cap kept coming back. I was told to try selson blue once or twice a week but it would still come back. Somebody told me to wet her hair and put baking soda on it and make a paste, then scurb with a comb or baby brush. I only had to do it twice and that was 4 months ago and she still doesn't have any cradle cap!! Hope it works for you.

Heather - posted on 10/31/2009

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I always used baby oil. Coat the head with baby oil and let it soak in for an hour, then give him a bath. Use a soft bristle brush and rub it over his head in all different directions. Add shampoo and massage it in with the comb. Rinse and repeat. After the bath use a regular comb and scrape off anything that is loose. Be careful not to over due this. It might take a few times, or it might be gone the first time, it just depends on how bad it is.

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