How to get rid of Craddle Cap!

Chelsey - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My daughter still has craddle cap. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to get rid of it?

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Brooke - posted on 12/07/2009

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most of the products designed and marketed for babies including the baby oil are really harsh on there skin due to the high content of perfume foming agents ad chemicals for craddle cap use olive oil and baking soda mixed together apply and leave for 10 mins then rinse like normal

Cath - posted on 12/07/2009

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This has nothing to do with lotions or potions, but a nurse once told me to scrub my boy's head with a nail brush every night, to clean what's there and keep it at bay when it's cleared. We did lose his hair, but (touch wood) we haven't had any more! I know it sounds cruel, but it can be done gently when the head has been in the water a while and still work. Hope this helps.

Patricia - posted on 12/07/2009

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I agree with the poster who said baby oil. The nurse at our peds office gave us this little bottle of Keri oil (like baby oil, just diff brand) and a little fine toothed comb that she said would work like a charm. One application later his cradle cap was gone for good. That was 2 months ago and we've never seen it again. Good luck!

Emma - posted on 12/06/2009

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scrubing and picking craddle cap is sore and hurts baby also it lifts the hair folical out of the sclap, so yes baby oil works and yes leaving for 5 mins or longer then litly massage babys head then with a baby comb or baby brush , to babys head lightly and then each day brush as you would till it is removed , remember not to pick or scrub as this simulates sembum glands in the scalp and it produces more sembum witch then forms more crusts on the head.

April - posted on 12/03/2009

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I didn't have any baby oil in the house, so I actually used just a little bit of canola oil because that's what I had in the cabinet. I rubbed it in about 10 minutes before his bath and then washed his head like I always do. After the bath I just brushed his hair/head in all directions with the baby brush. Some of it came off that night and the rest brushed out the next day.

Pam - posted on 11/30/2009

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baby oil for a few hours then wash it out. do this a few days in a row and it should go away. My son had cradle cap, I use an ezema (sp?) baby was and I use it to wash his hair also. Good luck

Shadequah - posted on 11/30/2009

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I was once told to pour baby oil in their head and let it sit for a while to soften up. Then, gently wash it. It worked for my son when he had it.

Ann - posted on 11/29/2009

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hi my baby nurse said to put baby oil or pawpaw cream or vitamin e cream on overnight then use a rough towel to get it off!! also a head massage a couple of times a day should help to sto pit coming back!!

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009

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Take a baby brush and put oil on it and brush your daughters hair... it will loosen up the cradle cap and then you can take a baby comb to it to help get it off some and keep doing the oiled brush then bathe your daughter.. this is what we did for my daughter who had it REALLY bad.. dont buy any of that cradle shampoo because it makes the babys hair extremely greasy and you have to wash their hair like 10 times to get it all out I know because we bought some and tried it... Hope this helps
♥ Michelle

Cindy - posted on 11/23/2009

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my doctor told me to use just a tiny amount of head and shoulders to that area and carefully rinse, not to get into eyes and it cleared up in a few weeks. My son had it real bad until he was 2 1/5. Good luck

Tarry - posted on 11/21/2009

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as strange as it sounds my doctor told me to use selsen blue (or the generic) two to three times a week... it worked wonders... hope this helps :)

Chelsea - posted on 11/15/2009

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my doctor told me to use selsun blue sampoo, it took three baths and it was gone.

Jackie - posted on 11/14/2009

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I put olive oil on my son's head and put him in his bathtub and let him play for a few minutes so it could soak in. Then I took a toothbrush and scrubbed his head. It all came off and it never came back! I was amazed the advice I found on Google was right! Then you have to wash them real good because the oil is so nasty after. Good luck! It definitely works.

Nicole - posted on 11/13/2009

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Baby oil or Aquaphor on the spot for 15/20 mins and then comb lightly over the area.

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You can also try coconut oil. Worked like a charm for us. I left it on her scalp overnight and washed her hair the next morning; then repeated the treatment the next night. That was it. No scratching or anything else and it never came back. Coconut oil is supposed to have antibacterial properties. Good luck!

Anita - posted on 11/07/2009

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hi i put baby oil in my son hair and leave it for a few hours then shampoo his hair

Kathleen(kay) - posted on 11/05/2009

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my friend told me that she did the baby oil and tooth brush thing and all of her kids hair fell out.My daughter has a little bit of it. Will it go away after a while or do I really need to do something about it?

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2009

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I used a foam shampoo and lotion made by Mustela on my son, It worked so good, I saw huge results after the first use and it went away completely after acouple of uses! I have actually read that baby oil can do more harm than good by clogging the glands. Good luck!

Kirsty - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hi have you tried useing Dentinox Cradle Cap shampoo? I used it and it worked, quite quickly aswel. You can buy it from most major supermarkets and its not that pricey either.

Michaela - posted on 10/30/2009

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My 7-month old son was born with cradle cap and had loads of hair. I used baby herbal olive oil then combed with a fine tooth comb (eg for nits) every day. I also made sure I never used any kind of shampoo on his head (only washed with warm water) until I was sure it was all gone. By about 2 months it was finally gone and he has long thick curls and a clean scalp now - good luck!

Gemma - posted on 10/27/2009

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i put baby oil on my sons hair before bed and combed it through in the morning and it came off realy easily. hope this helps

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I used baby oil and a fine tooth comb. I put the baby oil on my son's head and then let it sit. Then I washed it out and combed his hair with a fine toothed comb. I did this for a couple of days - it worked and it hasn't come back - baby oil behind the ears works too.

Courtney - posted on 10/25/2009

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the gentle naturals craddle cap care got rid of my daughters in three days. you can get it at target. i would highly recommend it.

Ebony - posted on 10/25/2009

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make a paste out of baking soda and use it like shampoo, rinse it off and then apply baby oil and let sit for a few minutes, the baking soda would have losened it and the oil act like a lubricant. Get a fine tooth comb and some patience and comb it all out.

Pam - posted on 10/21/2009

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baby oil, leave it on for a few hours then wash with baby shampoo, my son had it. Good luck, it might take a couple of times but it will work!

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My Mother in-law told me to wash my baby's head with baking soda i only did it once and his head was nice and clean and it never came back

Laurie - posted on 10/20/2009

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I heated some olive oil for a few seconds in the microwave and then massaged it into his scalp. After about 15 minutes I used a fine toothed comb to comb it out. It worked great and only took a couple of times to get rid of it for good.

Roxanne - posted on 10/20/2009

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As Jennifer did use baby oil it works wonders it also gets the crud that usually builds up behind babies ears!

Dena - posted on 10/20/2009

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I've used sweet almond oil after a bath (smells delicious too). I let it sit for about 15 mins and then gently rub it off with a face washer. I was told that it can be caused by the soap in the bath water so now i only put soap directly on the face washer that i use to wash him. Good luck.

Hayley - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son's pediatrician gave us a medicated shampoo called Ketoconazole Shampoo, 2%. It's worked so far.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/20/2009

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When my daughter had it I did like the other moms are suggesting and used baby oil. Also I had been using the water in her tub to rince her hair and I think that's what caused it in the first place so I stopped that and started using clean tap water to rince the shampoo. It took about a week to go away and has not come back since.

Kristin - posted on 10/20/2009

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my son had a really bad case and the biggest thing i was told was not to scratch at it. You can irritate the skin which will make it painful for them. every night after my sons bath i would put baby oil on my sons hair enough where it looks wet. make sure to do all his/her head so that it does not start somewhere else. after the baby oil i put a baby hat on his head so oil did not get everywhere then just leave it let him go to bed that way. in the morning or through the day get a soft bristle brush or you can just use your finger to rub his hair back. by doing this all of it that got loosened the night before by oil the hair being pushed back makes it come up. it will make a mess so make sure your somewhere where you don't mind flakes all over. i had tried a lot of stuff to get rid of it but every time i got rid of it it came back this is the only way i found that works it took me a month to get rid of but now he never has it.

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my mother used a flea comb on my daughters head. I know, it sounds gross but she cleaned it with bleach first. It worked great. She just combed very gently though her hair and on her scalp. Took it right off.

Jennifer - posted on 10/19/2009

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put baby oil on it for about 15 minutes then lightly scrub it with a tooth brush and wash it out. thats what i did and it worked. hope it works for you

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