What can I do about Cradle Cap/ Dandruff on a 13 month old?!?!?

Melonie - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old daughter has recently developed bad dandruff. The Ped said to use Head and Shoulders two to three times a week. And hydrocortizone cream on the other dry skin spots on her body. (Apparently it's all the same skin condition.)

The HC cream works on her skin but I don't think H&S is really working well. She scratches her head all the time except for about 18 hours after we wash her hair/scalp. I've thought about washing her hair everyday, but her skin is so dry that it would be hard to keep the natural oil in her skin.

Does any one have any good moisturizing tips for her scalp for in- between shampoos? And her hair is crazy curly so we also need something to tame her kinky curls too, otherwise, its a total mess. lol

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Deanna - posted on 04/06/2010

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try baby oil or nizoral my pediatrition told me to use niziral for itchy scalp n dandruff n it has worked is working i should say. and baby oil works for cradle cap.

Marcia - posted on 04/01/2010

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It's a form of Exzema and needs to be treated as such. You can buy Infaderm shampoo or Cradle cap shampoo or even Oilatum Juinor range has a shampoo for babies and toddlers with cradle cap. I spoke to my doctor about it and had them prescribed, so now I can get it as often as I need for free.

Good luck and hope it gets better in time.

Tiffany - posted on 04/01/2010

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I am a children's hair stylist, so although I am no doctor I work with more cradle cap then any doctor i know! I use a line called M.O.P. (modern organic products). They have a shampoo designed for infants/toddlers. It's pear scented and works amazing. I even use it on my son and he has a ton of hair. I've stopped using it before and it came right back so I know it works.

Erica - posted on 03/31/2010

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My dr. recommended selsum blue. you just have to be careful when rinsing so it doesn't get in the baby's eyes. It smells bad but works. I also used Gentle Naturals cradle cap care and it is like a gel that you put on and comb out the flakes. Also smells bad but works. Good luck...

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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I use baby oil as its gentle enough to use on them,rub it in gently then after a while use a comb and it just lifts away, does take a few washes to get it all out but the hair is lovely smelling and it doesn't strip natural oils from her little head.

Jessica - posted on 03/28/2010

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We used Selsun Blue shampoo for our daughter. It is a little expensive but it cleared her cradle cap up quickly. (the doctor recommended this to us and said it was safe just keep it out of her eyes).

Nithya - posted on 03/28/2010

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If you are ok giving a head shave then try that, when the hair grows again, you can apply coconut oil or Olive oil, twice a day, and can see the difference in four days.

Melonie - posted on 03/27/2010

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Thanks for the tip! I'll have to keep it in mind for those days I get fed up seeing the flakes everywhere. :-)

Sara - posted on 03/27/2010

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Actually, I used olive oil. Heat it up ever so slightly so you don't burn her little head. It is rather unsightly to see a greasy mess but it worked for me. Think of it as a hot oil treatment!

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