Cradle cap

Donna - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )

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could anyone give me some suggestions for this. The doc told me to use Hed & Shoulders, but that seems a bit harsh for a 3 month old! Thanks

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Lynda - posted on 02/25/2010

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I would never use anything toxic on my child. My suggestion is to take your baby to a dermatologist. We thought my son had cradle cap after many different treatments, his skin grew worse with each one the doctor suggested. Then we took him to the dermatologist and he was diagnosed with excema. He needed a prescription oil to treat it. We also started using Kiehl's for baby. He is now 5 and we are still using Kiehl's but he has not had one problem, since he was an infant, thank God.

Victoria - posted on 02/23/2010

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Read through some of the messages. They are right every time you bath the baby just use the baby brush. You can also use it in the eyebrows if there is cradle cap just be careful for the eyes. It will do the trick!

Caroline - posted on 02/23/2010

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also myself i have 5 kids and 2 grandkids and i also use baby oil it works a treat. good luck with it donna

Kathryn - posted on 02/22/2010

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G'Day - we used Olive Oil and Johnson's baby oil, just rub into the area(s) with your fingertips gently and leave to dry - then you can peel off the dry skin using a damp/dry cotton wool - good luck

Debbie - posted on 02/22/2010

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A little baby oil at bath time! It wll quickly be absorbed in the hair--- not leaving it greasy- and will loosen up the cradle cap so it can be brushed out with a baby brush. Worked wonders with all 5 of mine!!!!

Genny - posted on 02/22/2010

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baby oil put on to the head and a soft baby brush to rub it back and forth will release all the cradle cap, the oldest method there is. after a while it will go away.

Nanna - posted on 02/22/2010

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When my son had a touch of cradle cap I used warm baby oil and left it on over night and washed off in the morning...I then used a soft baby brush and just caressed his head for a little while a few times a day, this process went on for a week or so I think..Gentler but takes longer to clear however he does have a great head of hair and he is now in his 30's

Trudie - posted on 02/22/2010

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The only thing that worked for cradle cap when my children were babies, was sweet oil
(soet olie) from Lenons Medicines.
Rub the oil on the little head and wait for about half an hour. Take the little one's baby comb and gently comb through the hair.It might not all come off the first time,but keep on using it. This must be done just before you bath your baby. It really works.

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baby shampoo is really just mild so it won't make baby cry if it gets into eyes. ordinary shampoos are not too harsh for babies, unless you are thinking of the kind with pine tar or serious medication in them.
be patient, the cradle cap will go away sooner or later.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2010

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We used to just use baby oil...then a washcloth or brush (depending on how much hair baby has) to work it around and get it off there.

Rena - posted on 02/21/2010

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Since olive oil didn't work for us, we used tea tree oil, just a drop or two in the baby shampoo we were using and that worked beautifully!
After her scalp healed up, her hair grew two inches! And since then she has given to locks of love 5 times! hth's

Mary - posted on 02/20/2010

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YEP ! THIS ONE WORKS! ! ANY OIL LIKE OLIVE IS BETTER AND LESS TOXIC THAN BABY OIL! OIL PUT ON T HE BABIES HEAD SEVERAL TIMES A DAY WORKS!! MY SON HAD IT REALLY BAD AND I DID IT FOR MONTHS BUT YOU PROBABLY WON 'T NEED TO DO IT SO LONG!!

Genine - posted on 02/20/2010

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i used a paste of bicarb soda and water. Just mix to a paste the consistency of thin toothpaste and apply to scalp. leave over night and wash off in the morning...depending on the severity, you may need to repeat... this really works. it was given to me by a nursing sister when i had my kids and i have handed it on to many mums over the years..

Robin - posted on 02/20/2010

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Ive, had 3 children. I used baby oil and a real fine baby comb. Let the oil soak in for a few minutes then use the comb softly to comb it out!

Patricia - posted on 02/20/2010

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I am a grandmother three times over with four children of my own. Ages 33,32,31, and 26. I had a brush with cradle cap with my first baby! I was just told to massage a little baby oil into my daughter's scalp, and then used a (baby) brush to brush her hair occasionally! It came out right away!

Lisa - posted on 02/20/2010

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there are a number of organic products for cradle cap-organicbabies.com, greenbaby, bodysense etc-just do a search and you will find lots of them

Jenny - posted on 02/20/2010

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they have a cradle cap shampoo at walmart in the baby section...it works great

Theresa - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hi Donna, Arbonne makes wonderful baby care products - the baby wash can be used on the body and to shampoo, then follow with their body oil, it is NOT a petroleum product which doesn't allow the skin to breathe, their products are herbal and botanically based. - if you would like a sample let me know

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Hi, I had that problm with my daughter and was told to scrub her scalp ... ugh! I was 22 and did not want to hurt my baby.... well we have not had a bit of a problem with the grand baby cause I have washed his hair with his baby brush every time! If you ever see how hospital nursery nurses clean up newborns scrubing a head with a baby brush wont bother you at all.

Judi - posted on 02/19/2010

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hi, Donna.Billie took the words out of my mouth. I used olive oil on my babies and it would flake off when i would bath the baby.I think most of us are smart momsssssss lolol.

Gail - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hi Donna, I used liquid parafine on both my sons. I applied it before bed and left it on all night and washed the next morning for about a week . It softens the scaps and gently lifts them off. Then I did a maintenance as soon as I saw some come up again. This is harmless and very gentle. I use it to cleanse my face when my skin is very dry. So I hope you can get some. Please don't attempt to scrap it off it may bleed and can get infected.

Tracy - posted on 02/19/2010

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I just used baby oil overnight, then used the scrub brush the hospital gave me in the morning to gently buff it off. I then washed their hair and added just a drop of baby lotion to the head to keep it off.

Brenda - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi Donna....My oldest daughter had this when she was born. I soaked the area in baby oil and then gently combed away the Cradle Cap. Wash babys hair after...It never came back:) Hope this helps

Christinia - posted on 02/17/2010

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all my children had the same problem, it is simply dry skin on the scalp. just put lotion on the head when you put lotion on the body. another thing my children just loved when you put on the lotion scratch (very lightly, not with your nails) their scalp. they love it. once you get rid of it remember to put lotion on their heads at least 2 times a week it will keep it at bay.

Dorothy - posted on 02/16/2010

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try rubbing babies head with olive oil, leave on for five minutes then wash hair as usual, you can repeat this every day if necesary. hope it works for you.

ManonS - posted on 02/16/2010

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My doctor in Montreal told me to use Johnson & Johnson baby oil,an it works fine.You just have to keep up with it until it's gone.Head & Shoulders is to strong an is only for dandruff.Manon

Annette - posted on 02/16/2010

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When my kids were at that age I was told to use baby oil. It will make their hair a little greasy for a few days but it was worth it. cradle cap it just baby dandruff and the baby oil will soften the layers for you to gently rub off.

Emma - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hi, I can recommend using an aloe vera based natural product which softens and sloughs off the dead skin. It has the same ph as the skin so it heals gently and deeply. No grease or mess, as the cream is absorbed completely. I use this also on my psoriasis when it flares up. :)

Amy - posted on 02/15/2010

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Most hospitals put a small brush, actually a surgical scrub brush, in the baby kit. Wash hair daily using baby shampoo and the surgical scrub brush and the cradle cap will come off in a few days (though it might look worse just before it gets better--that's the dead skin sloughing off). Continue washing with the scrub brush for about 6 months, and you'll never see it again. We learned this when my oldest was in the NICU. 4 kids now and no problem.

Neena - posted on 02/15/2010

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when i wased my kids' hair I used their soft brush to gently scrub the scalp it loosens the dead skin off

Elizabeth - posted on 02/14/2010

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my friends mum told me when my son had it to wash his hair everyday and massage it and it will get rid of it and also don't get it back and he never did it works

Dara - posted on 02/14/2010

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Hi, Donna, I learned at cosmetology school to treat cradle cap naturally to use baking soda and baby shampoo mixed. I am also a mom of 18 years and have been in daycare for over 14 years. Add just enough baking soda to the shampoo that it becomes a runny paste and apply then use a very soft baby brush to help loosen it. It may take a few days to do this and I would not do it every day. I would use either baby oil or olive oil after each time. Just be consistent with it. It took time to get on there and it'll take time to get rid of it. Good luck.
Dara Kidwell

Rhonda - posted on 02/14/2010

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I used baby oil, gently combed scalp, then shampooed with head and shoulders using a soft baby brush to lather scalp. Worked great on my 3 kids, multiple neices and nephews.

Judi - posted on 02/14/2010

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That was particularly what baby oil was used for when I was having babies. It worked great! Just a little bit goes a long way. Head & Shoulders burns my scalp, I'd never use it on a baby.

Jean - posted on 02/14/2010

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Hi Donna I have always used baby oil. just let it sit on the scalp for a little while then just comb lightly and it will flake off. With my kids I would oil them down every other week till they got a full head of hair;

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In the old days , people would thinly coat the scalp with Vaseline, keep it on all the time .. use the baby comb and gentle comb the head, the dry skin will come off, it usually doesn't take all that long a couple of days a week, I forget , but if definately works.
Enjoy your baby

Cynthia - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son also had this and we used dandruff shampoo. It isn't harsh at all and it does work. You just have to be careful to keep it out of the eyes as with anything you put on his head. Look for the mild formula!!!!

Monica - posted on 02/14/2010

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I also used baby oil massage in put one of the hats you get while in hospital on over night shampoo w johnson baby shampoo rinse well brush w soft brush might take several times and can do once a week after gone to prevent and they grow out of it

Connie - posted on 02/13/2010

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I also used baby oil and massaged it into the scalp. Then after it had been on there for a while, Id take a baby comb and gently comb their scalp. Most of the cradle cap would come off the first time, but it usually took a couple of times. Be very gentle when combing , so you dont irritate the scalp!

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Olive oil, my mother had 12 children, and advised olive oil for cradle cap. As for mineral oil, its a petroleum product, it comes from fossils, it comes from something thats dead. Olive oil comes from a living plant. ? How can something that comes from a dead thing be of any benefit?
Mother also had no strech marks. God's honest truth. As usual we were talking in the kitchen, seemed like she was always there, and she happened to mention that she had no stretch marks. I said, 'Mom, please don't be offended but I gotta see this with my own eyes." She smiled at me and said, "sure". She went to her room laid on the bed, rolled up top, pulled her pants down and sure enough, the women had no stretch marks. I was amazed. What did she used. Olive oil. She said to use it for 30 days after the baby is born. I did it for 20 days. I can still see mine, very lightly. My friend happen to see my belly one day while I was changing and she gasped, "OMG you have no stretch marks." I beg to differ. I'm 55yr old Yep, Olive oil is wonderful

Rosanne - posted on 02/13/2010

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I fully agree with Georgeann. I brought my four up using either baby oil or olive oil to soften cradle cap, then use a soft baby brush better washing hair with bubby shampoo.

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