Cradle Cap!

Mary - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My girl has cradle cap! Nothing is getting rid of it.. baby oil, olive oil.. and it's spread to her forehead, ears and on her face by her ears. Anyone have suggestions?!! I also use euricin lotion and cetaphil lotion for the patches of dry skin on her face and body and nothing has helped.

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Kaye - posted on 03/13/2010

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Egozite worked for my little one, it is available in chemists. Its a cradle cap lotion, that loosens crusts and removes Cradle Cap.

Amy - posted on 03/07/2010

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try washing it with goats milk soap. my son had cradle cap and someone gave me a bar of goats milk soap wich i used every night with his bath it started working after a couple of days and i have been using it for about 2 months now and he doesnt have any cradle cap at all. if i stop using the soap it starts to come back. its all natural and is great for babys skin.

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Ori - posted on 03/18/2010

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You can wash her hair with any dandruff shampoo. Just don't get any in her eyes! My daughter had a small case of cradle cap when she was about 2 months old and the pedi told me I could just use dandruff. It worked really well, I only her to use it once!

Chelsea - posted on 03/18/2010

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my daughter had that problem when she was 3 months old she had horrible craddle cap. take a soft toothbrush and when you bathe your child instead of using your hands to rub in the baby shampoo use the soft toothbrush to gently message the craddle cap away. it may take a few days or up to two weeks to disappear completely but it will eventully. good luck

Amy - posted on 03/14/2010

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We had the same thing... turned out to not be cradle cap at all... it was severe eczema that started at his scalp and eventually went all over his body... You might want consult your pediatrician if it doesn't seem to go away, that way you don't go through the same struggle as we did. Finally with a hydrocortizone (sp?) and some Aquaphor the flakes are gone! It has been a little more difficult to get rid of the stuff on his face, though...

Carly - posted on 03/13/2010

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I used Dandruff shampoo every other night for two weeks and used vaseline/patroleum jelly on her face! works every time we get a flare up.

Crystal - posted on 03/12/2010

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i got the following info from www.parenttime.com i hope it helps







Cradle Cap Skin Rash Causes, Treatments, Home Remedies for Babies

Cradle cap is the common name for condition newborns or young babies develop, which causes redness and scaly patches on the scalp. The baby gets a sort of infant dandruff, which is caused by overactive oil glands on the scalp and face, and the condition sometimes also affects necks, ears and even armpits. It's upsetting when your beautiful baby suddenly comes down with cradle cap, but don't worry: it isn't serious, it isn't catching, there are treatment options that may affect a cure, and even if you have to put up with it for awhile, it will go away in time.





Cradle cap's specific cause is unknown, but it seems to be related to hormonal changes the baby experiences after birth. The oil glands overproduce for several weeks to several months, resulting in the condition. Although some children have cradle cap even until their first year, it's unusual for a toddler or preschooler to have it. If your pre-schooler has something that looks like cradle cap, get to the pediatrician to rule out other potential ailments or allergies.



If the scaliness and redness spread to the face, neck or armpits, or even the diaper area, doctors call cradle cap "seborrheic dermatitis". Even though it looks uncomfortable, as far as we can tell, it usually doesn't cause the baby any discomfort, although it upsets parents and makes them wonder what they're doing wrong.



But you aren't doing anything wrong! Cradle cap is a natural condition, and once your baby's sebaceous (oil-producing) glands settle into a routine, you'll easily get rid of it. The only prevention may be in frequent shampooing, but even that won't stop oil glands from making excess oil. If you look for home remedies on how to prevent or even curing cradle cap, you may find people discussing everything from adult dandruff shampoo to petroleum jelly—substances not recognized as curing cradle cap! But there are a few things you can do to control the condition until it goes away.



Was your baby's hair more frequently, and use a soft brush to brush the scales away. Some people swear by using baby oil or mineral oil (most baby oil is just mineral oil with a baby scent added), but others say it can worsen the condition by increasing the oil even more on the scalp. If you've been shampooing your baby's hair without noticing any decrease in the flaking, try using oil. If you don't like the idea of mineral oil, use a natural product such as olive oil. Rub it on your baby's head, use a soft brush to brush the flakes out with it, and then finish up with a gentle shampoo. In this way, you're using the oil to loosen the oily flakes and then washing it away so it doesn't add to the build-up.



If you try the baby oil home remedy and the cradle cap still doesn't decrease, you can get a special medicated baby shampoo from your pediatrician. These shampoos contain salicylic acid (the main ingredient in aspirin) and another well-known dandruff cure, sulfur. But they can irritate the baby's skin and dry the scalp, so use them carefully after consulting with your doctor. For strong cases of cradle cap or unusual amounts of spreading, the doctor may prescribe a cream made of hydrocortisone to treat the redness and rash.



If your baby's skin gets red and itchy, it may be that a yeast infection has found a foothold on the irritated skin. This most often happens in places with creases—behind ears, around the face, under arms or in the folds of the neck. If you notice the rash has spread and your baby is acting uncomfortable, the pediatrician may prescribe an anti-fungal cream product to kill the yeast infection.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2010

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I used a baby oil gel that had aloe in it. I did that every morning and night, and got one for the day care lady's house. For his eczema i use curel anti itch lotion morning and night and it seems to help.

Alika - posted on 03/10/2010

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i washed my son hair every other day and when i washed his hair i used th baby oil gel and let it set for awhile then took his baby comb and combed his hair regularly but scratching his scalp at the same time and it was gone within about two weeks....he had it on his eyebrows as well and i just keeped his face lotioned and it was gone at about the same time....

Dana - posted on 03/10/2010

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What I did one day is applied a generous amount of baby oil on his head and rubbed it gently over the cradle cap..then take a soft bristle brush and brush through his hair until it starts to loosen. I bathed him using his shampoo as usual, still using the brush (after being rinsed) Then rinse the shampoo out and most.. not all but most of it shall be gone. It does take a few times to do it, and a few washings to get the greasy-ness gone.. But ever since doing it about 2 weeks ago, I havent had the crade cap problem :)

Brandi - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter got it bad..ick... I just put some baby wash on her hair brush and swirled it around the affected area.... It took me about two days but, its gone now. after I got rid of it I just brushed in baby oil once a week... So far so good. Its been gone for about two months now... Hope this helps you out

Julee - posted on 03/07/2010

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I agree with Kristen L that it sounds like more than cradle cap. Sounds to me like she may have eczema along with the cradle cap. Have her checked out by her healthcare provider, and then see if there is anything they can provide you with. Otherwise, I have heard of that stuff from Walmart....

MELISSA - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter had the samething. I went and bout thi stuff from Walmart, it is a medicated shampoo called Cradle Cap. You just massage that on her head and where ever else she has it, and rinse it off. and it will soon go away. The one thing I did for the scalp was after applying the shampoo, take a fine baby comb and run it through the hair and brush it out. it took a few times to get it out, but it worked. Hope it helps you out!

Kristen - posted on 02/19/2010

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that doesnt really sound like cradle cap. cradle cap is normally just on top of a babys head but take a fine tooth comb and brush her scalp even if she has no hair. i personally just pick it off my little one doesnt seem to mind

Nikki - posted on 02/19/2010

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After I washed my LO's hair, I applied baby gel oil and put a hat on her head. The next morning the cradle cap was coming out as I combed it. I had to do that twice. For dry skin, the dr. told me to only use vaseline. I put on a very thick layer while she's sleeping at night, really I grease up her entire body, and a light coat on only her face in the morning after I wash her face. The euricin and cetaphil might be too strong for her skin. Could have dried out her skin. I would consult her dr. if nothing else works. May be some other serious skin condition.

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