Cradle cap still?

Heather - posted on 12/24/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old girl still has a bit of cradle cap... any advice on how to get rid of it? Do any of your babies still have it?

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Samantha - posted on 12/28/2009

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I had asked my Pede if I should be the J&J cream for my 6-month old, she said not to worry about it -- it will eventually go away.

Priscilla - posted on 12/25/2009

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Our pediatrician recommended olive oil. I've used baby oil in gel form, left it on for a couple of hours, and combed the cradle cap right out.

Katherine - posted on 12/25/2009

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My 6 month old daughter had it REALLY BAD!! I'm in Australia and used a pharmacy based treatment a couple of months ago that has salycitic acid in it (or something with a similar name) but only use a pharmacy lotion if it's bad. Their hair will fall out anyway as the crusts fall off so don't worry about hair loss - you can't prevent it and the hair grows back regardless. Then find yourself a good qualified aromatherapist - they can mix up a bath wash using essential oils that will keep it away - don't ever use baby bath washes from the supermarket as they just make the skin problems worse. It took me a while to find the solution but it does eventually go away.

Kimberly - posted on 12/25/2009

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my daughter had until she was almost 6 months none of my pediatricians were concerned except one who I saw during a sick visit. she said that there is a fungal component to it and that it will continue to spread. I never knew this. but she said to put pure olive oil on their head let it soak for 15-30 minutes and comb off the loose skin. then you can wash their head with very diluted head and shoulders. I did this a few times until it was gone and it hasnt come back.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010

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my ped said a little bit of hydrocortisone cream at night will clear it up!

Penny - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Christina:

My dtr had it for the longest time to. Funny thing though, I was talking to a friend about it and she asked me if I used Johnson and Johnson for her bath, which I did. Apparently that can cause it!?! Anyways, I switched to the huggies body wash and shampoo instead and voila! No more cradlecap! Just a suggestion if that is the product you are using!



I switched from Johnson and Johnson to Huggies also and my daughters went away as well.



 

Alisha - posted on 12/31/2009

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When my daughter had cradle cap I used almond oil, It worked wonders I got it from the body shop You put it directly on her head a rub it it, you can comb her head gently to remove the dry stuff But I swear by it It didnt only seem to help it go away but it came back less and less Great stuff

Veronica - posted on 12/31/2009

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Try Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care, you can get it al Walmart in the baby section. Works great.

Paige - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hey! I have a same issue with my 6 mo old daughter- just two weeks ago, I expressed my concern to her doctor. She told me to try using the Blue Selsun shampoo then using the regular baby shampoo. I did it and I notice that Ava's head is getting less of this cradle cap slowly which is good news! So try that- hope it helps for your girl.

Kate - posted on 12/30/2009

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My dr recommended using mineral oil on my daughter's head, then letting it sit for 5-10 minutes, then bathing her and using a washcloth to help remove the scales when washing her head. After the bath I would comb out the scales. It never removed them completely, but if I was diligent with it it helped tremendously, making her more comfortable etc. She eventually outgrew it, though in the winter it still creaps back in a little.... Good luck!

Amy - posted on 12/29/2009

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yes, he had it bad at about 4 months. use lots of baby oil and rub in in the area an hour before bath time, then use a soft comb to brush the area and rinse with water, repeat on the brush and use shampoo then rinse. gets it right out!

Rachael - posted on 12/29/2009

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My baby's pediatrician said to use a shampoo with selenium sulfide (Head & Shoulders and other dandruff shampoos have it). He said to mix it 50/50 with my son's regular baby shampoo when I washed his hair and to wash it everyday until the cradle cap is gone. I found that brushing his hair after his bath with a soft baby brush helped loosen the scales too. It worked for him! His doc also said that if it got really bad I could put baby oil on his head for about an hour before his bath and then just thoroughly wash it out. Luckily I didn't need to do that. Definitely ask your baby's doc about it at her 6 month appt if she hasn't had it yet.

Shannon - posted on 12/29/2009

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Mine still has it also. I have been using AD ointment before I give her a bath which has been working ok, it's not as greasy as baby oil. My doctor just told me today that I could use Selsum Blue.

Heather - posted on 12/29/2009

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I used J&J for the first few months, then switched to all Aveeno products, Guess I'll just wait it out, I really don't like the sound of using dandruff shampoo on a baby. Maybe the Apricot oil, I've heard that before. Thanks for all the advice Ladies!

Tina - posted on 12/29/2009

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My baby had it too...this is what her peditrician told me to do: before bath, put baby oil on her head and rub it in with a soft brush/comb. Then in the bath, put a little bit of Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo on her and let it set for a few minutes. Then after the bath, use Aveeno lotion. My peditrician said to use nothing but Aveeno lotion and body wash on her sensitive skin. It worked for her!

Tammy - posted on 12/29/2009

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Baby oil and a small comb you can use that. My doctor said if I wanted to let it go because it will go away on its on. My baby has a little as well. I have done nothing and it is almost all gone.

Heidi - posted on 12/29/2009

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No my baby doesn't have it, but his doctor told me to use dandruff shampoo. use daily til its gone, then once or twice a week after that.

Natalie - posted on 12/29/2009

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I would do whatever the doc says cause really they know best. You are your baby's expert though. So try any method until you find one that works. Adult dandruff shampoo might be too harsh for the tender baby head. Is there one out there made for babies? It would be good to know just in case she gets the dry scalp later on in her kiddie years.

Billie - posted on 12/29/2009

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mine still has it and she is six months... I have been told use A and D ointment. My pediatrician said to use dandruff shampoo

Natalie - posted on 12/28/2009

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Cradle cap is from not rinsing the babies head well enough after bath time. I would put baby oil on her head, lightly massage it in. Let it soak for about 15 min then give her a bath and wash it off. Once you've rinsed her hair out or peach fuzz, take the baby wash cloth, wet it and lightly rub it over babies head. this will help a great deal of eliminating the Cradle cap. You could also get the aloe vera & Vit E baby lotion and put a small amount of that on her head and be sure to brush her hair after applying the oil and the lotion. This will help to get rid of all the dry skin.

Heather - posted on 12/28/2009

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my daughters had it until her doctor told me to wash her head with head and shoulders then rub cortizone cream on it. works like a charm.

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my 6 month old boy still has something like cradle cap. its seems to itch him b/c he scratches at his head. is anyone have a child that is scratching??

Vicie - posted on 12/28/2009

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A friend of mine recommended trying Burts Bee's apricot oil. I rubbed it on his head and let it sit for awhile, then gave him a bath and the cradle cap combed right out. My 2 year old had cradle cap still, so I tried the apricot oil on him and his is gone too now.

Tova - posted on 12/28/2009

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my baby doesnt hav anymore... wat worked was i bought sebulex from the pharmacy, i would put it in her hair 2wce a week by bath time---its a special shampoo an i would take a brush and brush out all her cradle cap.... overitme it goes away its ok if her hair falls out a lil itll grow bak soon & i would also put jonson & jonson moistrizer in her hair & that would kinda absorb the cradle car . i would do it every day as much as she needs it.. u can put baby oil but i dunno if u want ur baby looking oily.. donr wrry it will go away !!

Tina - posted on 12/28/2009

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my 6 month old girl still has cradle cap and I was told to put baby oil on her head after a bath and then comb it out. Her hair will look a little oily until it dries but the cradle cap slowly goes away (but not fast enough)

Rebecca - posted on 12/28/2009

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Its true the oil will work! My daughter just turned 6 months on Christmas, and she use to have it pretty bad. I just used baby oil, so that her entire head (hair) was covered in it, let it sit for about ten minutes and then combed it really well and gave her a bath! Also something I found out was that if you don't rinse the shampoo completely it will not help with the cradle cap! So make sure you always rinse out all the shampoo! If you use the baby oil a few times (like 2 or 3) then it should go away!

Ashley - posted on 12/27/2009

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My daughter just had her 6 month well-check 2 days ago and our peditrician told us that there is no harm in cradle cap. My daughter has just started to get a little bit on the crown of her head. He advised us to just let it go, try massaging her head a little bit each night to get some of the flaky-ness to go away. Isabella has a LOT of hair for a 6 month old and our peditrician said that babies with a lot of hair tend to have it longer than babies with less hair. Baby shampoo is not strong enough for babies with a lot of hair, however adult shampoo is too strong so it is just a matter of time before it goes away. He told us to be concerned when she is 1+ years and still has it. At that point they prescribe a cream to use on their scalps. Hope this helps!

Christina - posted on 12/27/2009

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My dtr had it for the longest time to. Funny thing though, I was talking to a friend about it and she asked me if I used Johnson and Johnson for her bath, which I did. Apparently that can cause it!?! Anyways, I switched to the huggies body wash and shampoo instead and voila! No more cradlecap! Just a suggestion if that is the product you are using!

Aubrey - posted on 12/27/2009

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If you are breastfeeding, it helps to take a Complete Vitamin B and also flaxseed oil, it worked great for me! And for your baby you can use calendula oil and gently scrape the flakes off with a fine tooth comb in the bath. But the supplements you take will help it from coming back.

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My 6 month old son still has it too. My three year old son has it as well, although not as much as when he was little. I don't know what you can do to get rid of it, I think it goes away on its own and eventually the hair grows long enough that you can't see it. With my three year old I only see it when I wash his hair.

Amy - posted on 12/27/2009

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My baby boy is 6 and half months old now but when he was like 3-4 months old he had it and i chnaged my baby shampoo to GAIA natural baby shampoo, its an expensive bottle but i found it help very much he now doesnt get it so i recommend that! i know some mothers dont like to use shampoo on their babys hair but i do really think this shampoo works! :)

Nichole - posted on 12/26/2009

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Easy peasy, finally something on here I CAN help with! Make a paste out of bicarb and water, rub in, leave for a few minutes and rinse... do it every other day, works like nothing else :)

Shannon - posted on 12/25/2009

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My 6 month still has it too. It's gross but it doesn't seem to bother him much.

Eleisha - posted on 12/25/2009

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Apricot Oil is the best thing. It is all natural and not a "heavy oil". So it still allows the head to "breathe". Rub it on comb it through and let it sit for a few hours and comb again, works a treat.

Laura - posted on 12/24/2009

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Hi Heather! Not sure how to get rid of it, but just wanted to reassure you, my 6 month old and my 2 year old both still have it so it's probably quite normal. Apparently, my uncle had it till he was nine! The only thing I found in the chemist had the side effect of hair actually falling out so I passed on that. Would love to hear what people recommend.

Laura - posted on 12/24/2009

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Hi Heather! Not sure how to get rid of it, but just wanted to reassure you, my 6 month old and my 2 year old both still have it so it's probably quite normal. Apparently, my uncle had it till he was nine! The only thing I found in the chemist had the side effect of hair actually falling out so I passed on that. Would love to hear what people recommend.

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