cradle cap

Samantha - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 99 moms have responded )

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whats the best way to get rid of it its annoying. with my first son i put baby oil in his hair and combed it but that just made it flake even more.

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Melissa - posted on 03/09/2010

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We tried many things, the finally did olive oil for about 20 minutes, bath, then combed with fine tooth baby comb and it came out like a snap! It was awesome. I don't think you really need the oil though. You could just bathe him, with the scalp soft it should comb out. My son was 8 months before we got rid of it, that was the first time we tried a comb though, and I am very pleased with the results, it has been about 2 1/2 weeks and it is still gone, no other flaking.

Mary - posted on 03/11/2010

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johnsons baby oil gel with shea and cocoa butter worked for me. i put it on his head at night before bed with a little stocking cap. in the morning i combed his hair with a fine comb and them washed his head with johnsons baby wash with shea. by the third day it was gone.

Crystal - posted on 03/09/2010

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Vitamin E oil - rub in the hair just before you shampoo in the bath... :)

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Christina - posted on 03/15/2010

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I used the cradle cap shampoo. you can find it at walmart or babies r us HTH

Aisa - posted on 03/15/2010

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my son's health nurse said use baby oil leave it over night then use a baby shampoo to wash it off, it has worked great for my son

Bridgett - posted on 03/15/2010

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try a beauty salon they carry stuff for that its from paul mitchell i think thats how its spelled anyways it does work well!!!

Amber - posted on 03/15/2010

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Tea-Tree Shampoo has always worked best for my kids. It conditions their scalp so it does not get flaky. And it also helps to prevent cradle-cap.

Amy - posted on 03/15/2010

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i used the baby oil... i smothered my daughter's head with it before she went to bed, put a hat on her head, then in the morning i could just take a baby wipe and wipe it all off

Jessica - posted on 03/15/2010

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I found I couldn't beat it (I tried a couple of 'old wives tales') so each nap my daughter layed on different sides, 1st on her left side, then one on her back, then on her right side. Her hair wore away evenly, she just wore a lot of hats n beanies, now that she's older, the bits that wore away turned curly, the top of her hair is dead straight, it's kinda cute!

Jessica - posted on 03/15/2010

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On my fifth child and never heard this before wish I had known with the first... My littlest guy 4 months had cradle cap really really bad, anyways, TEA TREE Shampoo, after using it for about 4-7 days the cradle cap will be gone, no brushing required will just clear it up!!! It is amazing, I wash my babys hair every other night with it and it keeps it away, he could not have had it worse, only took like 4 days to initially get rid of it. Seriously go but it today, it is a miracle shampoo, just have to be careful not to get it in their eyes. Tea tree shampoo!!!!!!!

Kimberley - posted on 03/15/2010

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dentinox craale cap shampoo worked for my nice or olive oil worked for my son as he cant use most shampoos just wahs off before going out in the sun or if not oil butter just a little bit tho and same wash off before going out in son

Jessica - posted on 03/14/2010

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Baby oil is a good way to get rid of cradle cap, leave it in over night and the brush out. After this the best way to prevent it from coming back is at each bath time after you have washed your baby and babies hair to always have a jug or container of clean warm water and pour over the hair. This gets all the soap residue off your baby and stops credle cap forming.

Jessica - posted on 03/14/2010

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i have always used baby oil and a fine tooth comb. that always worked for my daughter.

Lauren - posted on 03/14/2010

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Gentle Naturals makes a cradle cap shampoo that works well and it smells great.

Allison - posted on 03/14/2010

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Ive been told by my Doctor that cradle cap is caused by the hair not being rinsed well enough.. now I take extra care and have had no problems since! Hope this helps :)

Julie - posted on 03/14/2010

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Gentle Naturals makes Cradle Cap Care. sold at Walmart in the baby section. it works wonders!! just rub a little bit on his head n leave it. =) Hope it helps

Kristina - posted on 03/14/2010

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ketoconazole,i got from my dr. it really works. you have to put it on,scrub it& leave it while you bathe baby.then rince it off at the end of bath time..give it about 3 days and good as new :)

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Hi There, i found that using baking soda mixed into a paste, wipe it onto the effected area and then leaving it on my sons head for about 15 mins before rinsing off. This takes a couple of times but it works really well and nice and natural too

Heather - posted on 03/14/2010

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First I would try to comb out my son's hair and it would flake but it was ok becuase I then washed his hair using California Baby shampoo Tea Tree & Lavander. It works amazing! He had craddle cap really bad and after I used it the first time it started to clear up instantly! California Baby has great products for everything!

Michelle - posted on 03/14/2010

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a friend of mine was told by her Dr to try using breast milk. Apparently it worked for her girl. My girl had it until about 1 year. This is when I started using a baby shampoo called Gaia. It's soap free and all natural. Available in most supermarkets around us, so I assume it's available nearly everywhere. Whether that was the final piece of the puzzle or not is anyone's guess. Her skin may have just sorted it's self out. Hope that's helped :)

Leah - posted on 03/14/2010

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apply vaseline a few times a day 4 2days it softens crusts then gently scrape with a thin toothed comb. works really well.

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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best way to get rid of cradle cap is get some baby oil put it on your babies had and let it sit for about 30 mins. take a comb and brush the comb through. it comes right us. then when done put your baby in the bath. you dont want to let the oil sit for to long because it starts to drip done.

Renee - posted on 03/13/2010

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you will find it flakes because it is coming off just use a washcloth to brush it away

Renee - posted on 03/13/2010

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i put baby oil on my sons head for ten minutes then brush his hair with a soft brush t works great i do it when ever it comes back

Amy - posted on 03/13/2010

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I just used a wet cloth on his hair in the bath after I washed it and it went away

Marcie - posted on 03/13/2010

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There are special shampoos for that stuff in wal-mart stores and any pharmacy, just ask the people in the pharmacy where to find it.

Ashley - posted on 03/13/2010

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I was at play group at the Ontario Early Years Center and was given the suggestion to use selsen blue! You just have to be careful not to get it in their eyes! It worked amazingly it almost is completely gone after one use.

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A doctor told me to use any dandruff shampoo on my kids when they got cradle cap...Just be careful not to get it in their eyes. It may take 2 or 3 times using it for the cradle cap to go away. If you have one of those little brushes from the hospital, they work great! If not, just use a fine-tooth comb to loosen it up some, then rinse it really well. Hope this helps!

Tara - posted on 03/13/2010

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Have you tryed making a past with baking soda and water?
Once you make the paste put it on your baby's scalp the way the hair is brushed let dry then using a soft bristle brush, brush it out going opposite the way you normally brush his or her hair then wash as normal. repeat until it is all of the cradle cap is gone. good luck!!!

Kayla - posted on 03/13/2010

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hydro-cortozone cream (might have spelt that wrong) works wonders thats what my doctor told me to use it once a day and to use the shampoo called sublex once a week but its really hard to find so any dandrift shampoo would work

Lexi - posted on 03/12/2010

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The best remedy I have found is to get some vitamin e oil from the pharmacy/first aid section at the grocery store or Rite Aid. You can buy it in capsules but I just get a bottled version that has a little bit of lemon oil and sweet almond oil mixed in for $8. It lasts forever! I've also had good luck with the Weleda Calendula cream. Vitamin E and Calendula are both really good for skin issues. Use a soft baby hair brush and brush brush brush all the loose flakes off. Rub a bunch of the oil/cream onto his head, really saturate his skin and leave it on overnight. Give him a bath the next morning and repeat it again the next night if needed. My sons cleared up after only one night.

Sharol - posted on 03/12/2010

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Eucerin lotion! It cleared up my first daughters cradle cap in 2 days! I swear by it! Good luck

Amy - posted on 03/12/2010

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Our pediatrician told us to use Selson Blue a couple of times a week. It has worked very well. No more flakes! :)

Ashlee - posted on 03/12/2010

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yes the baby oil things worked great for my kids also. We put a whole lot on and left in till her next bath. I tried to comb itout but it never worked

Wa-de - posted on 03/12/2010

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johnson and johnsoproducts are 2 harsh on babys ski till atleast 6 monthes... there is GENTAL NATURALS for cradle cap it has winny the pooh charaters on the front.... i used it 1 time and it all came out... the next time u wash it it will look normal

Tiffany - posted on 03/12/2010

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My MD told me never to use babyoil due to the fact that it "feeds" the source. But if it worked for you thats great!!!!!

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2010

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I worked in an old folks home (and when my son got it) this is what we did:
-go to kmart, walmart , etc. and get the cradle cap mit and comb thing
-rub baby oil on head and let it for 15 min or shampoo rubbing into scalp
- use the mit to gently massage the head
- take the comb and gently remove flakes
-after put baby in bath/shower and wash head as normal
-after blow dry hair (the bigest culporate is leting hair sit wet/the moisture)

Continue to due this until cleared up but make sure that hair is ALWAYS DRIED COMPLETELY AFTER EACH BATH/SHOWER. And if symptoms persist and worsen I would consult the doctor as cradle cap if allowed to get too severe for too long may require medicated shampoo and can become infected!

Melanie - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter did get it all the time and i just put baby oil on her head the night before and let it sit overnight then wash and comb away the next day it seems to work with no flakes Then when i bathe her i add a few drops of baby oil to shampoo and wash her hair and it seems to be preventing it from coming back.

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2010

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What worked best for my daughter was called Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care. You can buy it at Walmart.

Brittany - posted on 03/12/2010

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ugh, my son had cradle cap (my mom called it cradle crap, which was appropriate!), drove me crazy. someone suggested baby oil, so when i'd give him a bath, i would rub some baby oil on the spots where it was and just kinda rub it for a minute, then take a fine tooth comb and gently scrape it off a little bit. it may take a few times, but it works! then just wash their hair and body like normal. it did come back a time or two, but i just kept doing the baby oil. eventually it will clear up for good on its own, but if not you should talk to the pediatrician and they could prescribe some cream for it. but i'd say try the baby oil first.. very simple and harmless solution! :) good luck

Laura - posted on 03/12/2010

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dentinox cradle cap shampoo from and supermarked on the shelves. sebastianused it andit worksvery well goodluck x

Andrea - posted on 03/12/2010

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I was told to put olive oil on their head. And I was told to use a cradle cap shampoo. I did both so I don't know which one actually helped my little one. Hope that helped.

Alison - posted on 03/12/2010

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My pediatrician suggested using Dandruff shampoo if it gets bad, but he also said that while it'll get rid of it instantly it may also irritate the baby's skin.

Tasha - posted on 03/12/2010

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I tried EVERYTHING for my daughter... baby oil, johnsons baby shampoo, even head and shoulders dandruff shampoo. It never really took her cradle cap away, and the yellow scales that had started at her hair line just got worse and worse until I tried Huggies bath and body soap with lavender and chamomile. I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!! It only took two washes for my daughter, and it was GONE!!! I never saw it come back again!!!! I used it for her for about 2 months, and never had it come back again!!! Now I am using Johnson bedtime bath with lavender, and I love that too!! So relaxing for mom and baby!!! Good luck!!! If you find something that works, let us all know!!!! :) :) :)

Christina - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter, now 17 months old, had it as an infant...what I did was(right before I was going to wash her hair) put a little bit of olive oil on a soft toothbrush...I just bought a cheap one...and lightly rubbed the spots with it...then washed her hair as usual...it was gone after one "treatment."

Cheraki - posted on 03/12/2010

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I used baby oil and combed it out.. I did see with one of my children that it was more stubborn than the others.. so, another thing I did after a bath I would put a little lotion or a little baby oil on the head...

Good Luck and Best Wishes

Lorraine - posted on 03/12/2010

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give up useing shampoo and use a little bit of lemon juice thats what i done and it was gone in a week

Louise - posted on 03/12/2010

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I used almond oil on my son, and now using it for my daughter. I think it works better than baby oil, and much quicker too. I alson bought a cradle cap shampoo, from the supermarket,but i havent used it yet. Good luck xx

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