Cradle Cap

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Tammy - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son has cradle cap, so once a week, I rub olive oil into the top of his head and lay a warm wet washcloth on top and let it sit. It helps loosen the dry skin.. Then I use a comb and gently comb all the dry skin out and wash well when done.. Works great.

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Amie - posted on 07/25/2010

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I was told the same thing as Samara was. The pediatric nurse at the hospital told us before leaving that if our daughter developed cradle cap to just use a small little drop of Head & Shoulders. You need to be extremely careful when shampooing as well as rinsing their hair but it seems to work.

What I do is when it's time to shampoo her I put the drop in my palms and lather up my hands before placing anything on her head. (It works much better now that she sits up in the baby tub we have.) While I'm shampooing the area that's the worst I'll use my fingernails and GENTLY scratch over the flakes. It keeps the CC under control. We usually bathe her every couple of days. She doesn't get dirty quickly as she is not crawling yet, but every time we wash her up, this is what we do.

Danica - posted on 07/15/2010

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Calundula oil works a treat !! or egozite is a speciall oil you can get from chemists thats specially for crade cap.. my son gets it quite bad, horrible stuff, i just use calundula oil ..massage on dry hair and gently comb out..doin this evry 2nd/3rd day.

Holly - posted on 07/08/2010

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when my daughter had it i used a little bit of olive oil and rubbed it in and used a comb to loosen it up, my pediatrician said i could use a tiny bit of dandruff shapoo to wash her hair with this seemed to work very well, she has not had it since..

Marci - posted on 06/17/2010

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I read the same thing. Use olive or baby oil, leave on 15 minutes, then brush out.

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2010

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the ONLY thing that worked for my son..and we tried it ALL..he had very severe cradle cap it looked AWFUL and it made his little head itch..was cortizone cream prescribed by our dr..bc he was scratchin at it that irritated it alot more..once we put the lowest dosage of that stuff on him 2 times a day it was completely cleared up in 2 days and i was amazed! NOTHING else worked we tried the olive oil..cradle cap shampoos..everything and nothing worked..

Jacqueline - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son got cradle cap as a newborn and after tons of research I found out that it is caused by the build-up of your baby's natural oils as well as dirt. In order to get rid of it you should use a brush and get as many flakes off the scalp. You can then comb them out of the hair. I did this right before a bath. You then bathe them and make sure you give the hair an extra rinse right before you pick your baby up out of the tub. You can use baby oil, but it doesn't make much of a difference. My sons was gone in a few days by following these steps. Definitely make sure you wash the scalp daily...it is not dry scalp, it's build up which means it needs to be washed!

Jemma - posted on 06/15/2010

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i use vaciline. i put it in my daughters hair before she goes to bed and then i wash it out in the morn. this takes it all out.

Rachael - posted on 06/09/2010

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I put vaseline on my daughters head before she went to bed and a lot of it fell out during the night. I just took her baby brush and brushed the rest out. It hasn't come back since. I wish I would've known about that when my son was a baby. He had it until he was about 18 months!

Samara - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son had developed cradle cap and when discussing the issue with my pediatrician she indicated alot of times the cradle cap shampoo does not work so use head and shoulders which solve the problem ...I will admit I was hesitant to use the product because it seems strong but it works if you don't like the smell of head and shoulders I the Neutrigena brand it smells good just make sure you do not get the soap in there precious eyes

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2010

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Johnsons baby shampoo or any shampoo that is tear free can cause cradle-cap because it is ph'd to the eyes (hence 'Tear free') and not the skin and that is why it tends to dry out the skin faster! I use a ph'd but gentle body/shampoo wash for my son and then use a baby balm that contains a mixture of oils for his head (then he isnt dripping with oil) and it seems to prevent the cradle cap from coming back!

Brittany - posted on 05/25/2010

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if you have a walmart. they make cradle cap shampoo we just got it for our son and it is already gone! and he is growing alot of hair now too lol!

Hayley - posted on 05/19/2010

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I got told it was johnsons shampoo that caused my sons cradle cap. We tried olive oil and weve tried an eczxma cream. We left it on overnight as the health visitor said, nothing seemed to budge it, and it seemed to be getting worse, so we googled it obly to find out that if you leave olive oil on longer than 15mins it dries upthe area even more. Now we just really rub his hair when we give him a bath and it seems to be doing the job.

Amanda - posted on 05/19/2010

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I used baby oil until the dr prescribed something that knocked it out in a week. You can use baby oil and make sure you remove the old flaky skin!

Debbie - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have found that with my 3 older children, we used johnsons baby shampoo and they all got cradle cap, with baby number 4 and 5 we used Avent shampoo and body wash and not a problem at all. With baby number 6, born 9th Jan 2010, I cant get Avent shampoo as apparently they have discontinued it, so i am using GAIA shampoo and i have found that she has developed cradle cap, but not to the extent that johnsons shampoo was. I found Johnsons products to be drying on the skin. To get rid of the cradle cap, a little baby oil massaged into the scalp and then combed through, over a coupe of days should see the problem fix itself. Good luck

Em - posted on 04/25/2010

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YES!! I've tried everything for my boys cradle cap, oil made it worse, GAIA shampoo worked well to keep it minimal but he has sensitive skin so needed to get rid of anything with soap, moved to aqueous cream and it works brilliantly... cleared up in a couple of days. Just smear it on and leave it for a bit, give it a quick brush through with baby brush and wash off. It's cheap as for a big tub that lasts ages, available in the supermarket. We use it as shampoo, bodywash and after bath moisturiser.

Crystal - posted on 04/24/2010

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i used Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap care and it gets rid of it but it doesnt stop it from comming back. my cousin had a new born two weeks older then mine and she used vegetable oil and his had cleard up nicely

Nelia - posted on 04/23/2010

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Wash her hair with aqua's cream it will treat and remove cradle cap but be patient it will take a few days

Kelly-anne - posted on 04/23/2010

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my daughter had it bad too, i used dentinox cradel cap shampoo you get it in tescos its brilliant she hasnt had it since

Jennifer - posted on 04/22/2010

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Use a baby brush and brush lightly in circles. My baby loves when I brush her hair.

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2010

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yh my daughters got it, theres a dentinox cradle cap shampoo tht u buy tht helps get rid of it, it dus take a while 2 go tho.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter was born and she had some ezema on her face and legs, so i bought the baby aveno ezema lotion, (it was like $9 bucks or something) And while putting it on her face, i rubbed some up on her scalp aswell, It took it away right away. And i like it better than the oil because her hair dident look so slick lol. And every once ina while it will flare up, so i put more on. But i mostly put it on after bath times and thats every other day. It worked for us - good luck :)

Deseree - posted on 04/19/2010

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i never had cradle cap with any of my babies but a friends baby had it really bad, i told her to try stopping washing with shampoo, and instead use a very weak white vinegar solution when bathing and almond oil to rub in her babies extremely bad and smelley cradle cap went in 2 days after repeated doctors visits etc, try not to use baby oil as it is petroleum based and teatree can be a bit strong just make the white vinegar solution so you can just smell the vinegar!! the vinegar when used acts a PH rstorer is great for mummies and older siblings who are getting acne to rinse their face in it after cleansing make it a lil bit stronger!!

Danielle - posted on 04/17/2010

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My daughter had cradles cap all the way down to her little eye brows. I got the shampoo and a baby brush and comb. I washed her hair and did gentle circles on her scalp and foreahead and combed the skin out of her head then wiped it off with a washcloth, worked perfect :)

Patricia - posted on 04/17/2010

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I put olive oil on her head for 15 min then rub with a brush wash off. I seems to help. She is 11 weeks old

Jacinta - posted on 04/16/2010

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My baby boy has cradle cap as well and i bought a little turquoise bottle from Walgreens that says Cradle Cap on it and it has a picture of Winnie the Pooh...i rub a fairly small amount on his dry scalp 10 min before bathtime and use a soft brush to loosen the scales then shampoo with Paul Mitchell for Baby and it was gone in 3 days tops!!! Continue to use the Paul Mitchell for Baby works great to keep it away and also very good for babys skin!

Leanne - posted on 04/15/2010

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hi there, we in nz, dont know if u can get them where u are but, i found a comb (kinda like a nit comb on 1 end & rubber prongs in middle) was gr8, just shampooed let it sit for a while wi facecloth on top (few mins) then exfoliate wi rubber bit & then combed out flaky stuff. was few time b4 it was all gone, but awesome tool now only wee bit left over fontanale area cause i don't wanna touch that!! if u can get a nit comb u could jus try that after using a bit of baby soap in hair to loosen it. Hope this helps, better than anything else i tried!! comb was from Farmers - brand Baby first.

Romina - posted on 04/15/2010

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You apply baby oil generously to the affected area and then with a fine baby comb you gently comb the hair after the oil is a little absorbed. You'll notice the dry skins just coming off. You repeat this like once a day until it's gone.

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that green bottle is the stuff I used to, Danielle - it's what I used in my combo that eventually worked on Joshua too.

Amanda - posted on 04/15/2010

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at my sons 2 month check up his doctor told me to lightly scrape it off and gave me a special shampoo for him..I didnt scrape it cause I didnt want to hurt him but I use the rougher side of his wash clothes and after about a week of using the shampoo its gone and hasnt come back :) (he's 3 months now)

Danielle - posted on 04/15/2010

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There is a lotion by Gentle Naturals in a green bottle that works. That is what i used on my three month old when she had it. It went away by a couple time of using it.

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I think it's different for every baby - our son developed a rather severe case of cradle cap, and so we were getting advice on how to get rid of it from everyone and their mother, and the advice was very rarely the same thing twice. Everything we tried had been said to us as 'we used it on our child, and it went away and never came back' but it took a combination of things to finally make it start subsiding. We tried baking soda and water mixed into a paste, baby oil, cradle-cap specialized formula (which seemed to be oil-based), soaking his head...a number of things. What finally ended up working was, like I said, a combination - first we put a warm, wet washcloth on top of his head and let it sit there for about five to ten minutes, occasionally pouring more water on it to keep it warm. After that, we put the cradle-cap-care formula on his head, massaged it in gently, and let that soak for a couple of minutes before using VERY gentle circular-motion strokes over his head to loosen the flakes up. From there, we would shampoo his head with regular Johnson's baby shampoo, and then we would use the brush to pick up any other loose flakes. The biggest thing I can tell you is...no matter what anyone says, there is no overnight solution. You may end up trying hundreds of things, and finally find one that works that no one mentioned. Also, as long as it's not severe...cradle cap doesn't bother your baby. As was said to me, "it bothers the mommy more than baby", and it will go away on its own eventually, so take heart in that if you can't find anything that works. But I hope you do!

Jenny - posted on 04/15/2010

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I agree with the baby oil. My three month old had cradle cap and I used baby oil. She hardly has any hair so after her bath I'd dry her head, then use a soft brush to rub her head gently to loosen any flakes, then rub a SMALL amount of baby oil on her head and use the brush again to gently rub it in. Within 4 days it was mostly gone.

Lindsey - posted on 04/14/2010

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as well as using olive/baby oil, you can buy cradle cap shampoo from the supermarket - it is not too expensive and useful to have. it will take a few washes, but is the neatest and easiest way of getting rid of it. It has improved my daughter's cradle cap a lot! i find oils very messy as her hair is very long and curly and its difficult to brush through.
don't be tempted to pick it - this will make it worse, but you can remove loose bits from baby's hair. as long as you keep the area clean and treat it accordingly, it should sort itself out. x

Larissa - posted on 04/13/2010

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hi there my little girl had this aswell , comes and goes ..shes 3 months !! i just use baby oil this seems to work :)

Anna - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son's head has been dry and scaly pretty much since we brought him home. He gets his head shampooed twice a week, and I make sure to use a scrubby sponge to help get the flakes off. I tried using different oils to moisturize his scalp, but that seemed to exacerbate the situation, so I stopped. I read the best remedy is to keep the area clean and dry, since a buildup of dirt, sweat, and oils from the skin can add to the problem (and make it stinky).

Estelle - posted on 04/12/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap and our pediatrician told us to just use baby oil on it a couple times a day or whenever it looked dry. We also cut back to only occassionally shampooing her hair when bathing until it disappeared. After about a week or so it went away with no problem.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2010

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My doctor told me to put a drop or two of tea tree oil in her shampoo but after the first time i couldn't get rid of the smell (I think it smells awful) I use baby oil and comb it through and then leave it overnight. I also put baby lotion in her hair after a bath. She has really long hair (3 months and in pigtails) and it is really curly. If your baby's hair is short then brushing it in a circular motion with a baby brush would probably work better

Kelly - posted on 04/09/2010

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Put oil (baby oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, whatever) on the baby's head and rub it in. Then use either a soft brush or a comb on baby's head. Do NOT use a lot of oil or brush too hard. You don't want to hurt the lil one. It may take a few times but thats what I did when my 3 year old was a baby and it worked like a charm

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