Cradle cap.... what helps it and what makes it worse? Need some serious help.

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Have tried that stuff for cradle cap that you rub on the scalp before you shampoo and it doesn't seem to be working. If anything- its getting worse. What else can I try?

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Summer - posted on 02/10/2010

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Make sure you are using baby shampoo NOT head and body wash. The ph in the head and body wash can contribute to cradle cap.

Brandi - posted on 02/10/2010

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my son got craddle cap so bad that it was going down his forehead to his eyebrows... i had to take him to the doctor and she prescribed me a shampoo for it and a cream for the face... but it worked great... when you use the shampoo take a baby brush and scrub there head with a the brush while shampooing there hair...

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have had cradle cap with all of my babies. It really is a cosmetic issue and not really a problem for most babies unless it has become infected and has discharge. So, know that it really doesn't bother our kids just us as mom's who see it. It will get better as they get older. However, I have used a baby brush to try and loosen the dead skin on the scalp as much as possible when I am giving a bath. Then immediately after the bath I put Burt's Bee Baby Apricot Oil or have even used olive oil and put this on the scalp to help with the dryness and to lessen the appearance. I will say that you do seem to have to keep working at it but eventually they will outgrown it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2013

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SelsonBlue was recommended by my child's DR. And it worked, best remedy for cradle cap. Ither with one of those soft baby BRUSHES, or a toothbrush. Cradle cap is really not a big deal and does go away. I would do the Selson Blue as a wash and then baby oil as a conditioner. Good luck.

Chaya - posted on 02/11/2010

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my baby had it also, if u leave it it wont go away that fast. put baby oil on his scalp and leave it overnight and before you give him a bath brush it lose. you have to do it a couple of days and you will see it becomes less

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Michelle - posted on 04/15/2013

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The first thing I did was comb the cradle cap out then I usedbaby oil.I was really surprised with the results

Brittany - posted on 02/17/2010

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the best thing to use is baby oil.. put it all on scalp and get a comb and scrape it off :)

Kelly - posted on 02/11/2010

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hi my son sufferd with really bad cradle cap and i tryed everything on the market to get rid off it but nothing worked untill i was told to use olive oil it sounds stupid to be putting this on to your babys head but i swear to you it worked wonders with our son. just buy some olive oil from your local supermrket and at bath time put a small amount (50p size) onto your babys head and rub in, wash off and carry on with his normal shampoo and soon youl notice the difference. do this every time you bth your baby. good luck

Kelly - posted on 02/11/2010

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My stylist said to use Paul Mitchell "Baby Don't Cry" shampoo...it really works!! I still use it on my 9 yr old son. It's a little expensive, but you don't use alot and it lasts along time!

Dawn - posted on 02/11/2010

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Olive oil! It naturally combats skin irritants and softens up the junk. Let is soak in for a while then brush with a SOFT bristle brush, or wash off with a wash cloth. Reduces the irritation of scrubbing the stuff off.

Tracy - posted on 02/11/2010

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OK this is what my friends and family told me to do is take a rage and get it wet with warm water and lightly rub the cradle crap but not to hard and only for a a very little bit do this every night before bed and make sure you let it air dry and then put lotion on it...but don't scrub to hard or it can irritate the babies head.....if you have anymore ? please ask:)

Anna - posted on 02/10/2010

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try a little bit of baby oil n a baby brush/comb it through. also try to limit how much youre washing her hair. over washing her hair can cause cradle cap

Anna - posted on 02/10/2010

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try a little bit of baby oil n a baby brush/comb it through. also try to limit how much youre washing her hair. over washing her hair can cause cradle cap

Mishell - posted on 02/10/2010

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the doctor told me to put some head and shoulders on a little rag and when my daughter was taking a bath to leave it on top pf her head and let it sit there for a while. Then grab the little comb and comb her hair back or just get the rag and wipe her hair back so it doesnt burn her eyes.. IT worked great for me!

Kristen - posted on 02/10/2010

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at 3 months, my son got cradle cap. I SOAKED .. and i mean SOAKED!!! his head in baby oil, and used a comb to comb it out. It was gone within 5 minutes!

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2010

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i have heard putty baby oil on there head before their bath works and then of course shampoo. i didnt do that i just shampoo and brush but my daughter still has a lil in her soft spot she is only 5 months but she didnt have it bad at all thank goodness.

Samantha - posted on 02/10/2010

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My baby hasn't really had too much of a problem with this issue, but I think baby oil is supposed to help, that and brushing the hair to loosen up the dead skin. Thats what I do.

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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The special shampoos don't work. my daughter had it at a very young age too..My dr told me to use a SOFT toothbrush and Aveeno baby lotion..and rub the toothbrush back and forth, ..the skin will turn red and shiny, but do this over the course of a week and it should be gone..I would do it until it started turning shiny and red..then I felt like it was hurting her (even though it seemed not to bother her at all) and over the course of a week, it was gone..and do it lighty. then wash it off in the bath.

Angie - posted on 02/10/2010

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If it's on the baby's head, rub the head with olive oil (yes the kind you use for cooking) rub it on for several minutes (you can put a plastic bag on your hand to do this). Be careful not to get oil in baby's eyes. I have found it helps if one person holds the baby while another rubs the olive oil on. Then use a brush (the one from the hospital, or a toothbrush) to remove as much of the cradle cap as possible while rinsing under warm water. ***This worked very well for our 3rd daughter***



If the baby is over 6 months old our pediatrician told us we could use a LITTLE selsun blue. We had to use this treatment on our 2nd daughter. We had to do it a couple times but it worked. VERY important that the baby is older than 6 mos. since the ingredients in the shampoo can be absorbed thru the skin.



Burt's Bee's baby oil worked great for our first daughter. Put it on dry head, comb off cradle cap then wash head. Then put a little more on head after the bath.

Kelly - posted on 02/10/2010

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For my daughter I have 2 brushes ones to scrub her head everytime i wash her hair and the other ir for normal use i had to do it 3 times to get rid of hers that was it..i still do it as a preventative thing

Cheryl - posted on 02/10/2010

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my sons doctor gave us this stuff called prolimish topical cream it works amazing

Aprill - posted on 02/10/2010

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Head and Shoulders. My midwife said it worked better than anything she every tried.

Kayla - posted on 02/10/2010

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rub baby oil in the babys hair then comb it out. it will come up very very easy.

Crissy - posted on 02/10/2010

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the best thing i found to relieve it is to use a baby brush when you bath them and scrub their head like crazy, and do this every bath even when it seems to be gone.

Melody - posted on 02/10/2010

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my son had cradle cap when he was about 1 1/2 months old. i washed his hair with a little head and sholders. just be careful not to get it in the eyes. i only had to use it two times and it was gone.

Pearl - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi...dunno if your baby's scalp is doin better. If not, just wanted to suggest getting a surgical scrub brush (has a sponge on 1 side and fine/flexible but still somewhat stiff plastic bristles on the other...probably can get them at a medical supply store) or any other fine-toothed brush w/ flexible bristles will do. Use a dab of Selsun Blue shampoo (careful not to get it on the face). Rub it in w/ the sponge or your hand. Then start scrubbing w/ the bristles. After the bath, use some baby oil then repeat scrubbing w/ the bristles. The plaques of scalp will start coming off like dandruff. Use a fine-toothed come to get them out. Gotta do this daily tho. Hope this helps!

Dilsia - posted on 02/10/2010

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Baby oil works for my baby, and also Vaseline seems to work. And I brush it with the baby brush.

Claudia - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi!

All my 3 girls had it. I used to rub almond oil well into the affected areas, wait some time (about 20 minutes I think) and then use the baby comb to move the parts of it that look likely to lift.... maybe you need to leave it on a little longer. It takes some fiddling until you reasise when the flakes are ready to be combed away. Then I used to wash their hair with Dentinox. Over a week for my girls it used to disappear completely. Somtimes to come back sometimes not. Hopes this helps.

Claudia

YVETTE - posted on 02/09/2010

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rub baby oil into the scalp and gently comb back and forth in a rubbing motion being extra careful around the soft spot of the head and wash out with shampoo after repeat if still there

April - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughters pediatrician told us to use an anti dandruff shampoo. She said to just use a little once or twice a week and gently comb her scalp. It worked fast and great! We were worried that it would harm her overly sensitive skin, but it didn't cause any damage at all.

Adria - posted on 02/09/2010

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Many people told me to use baby oil, even olive oil. I took that advice and my son's hair came out. Cradle cap is a fungus, so i used about a dime sized amount of selsun blue and it worked. You will notice that the scalp is a little red, but it will not hurt the baby. Do it like twice a week for two weeks. It should go away.

Angel - posted on 02/09/2010

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My sons dr said to use selson blue. It worked in 2 washes. :) I also tried baby oil on his scalp and brushing it back and forth, side to side. but the S&B worked great.

Best of luck. :D

Tamara - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son had cradle cap really bad. To make things worse his hair was really thick and long for a baby. I never found a solution to prevent the cradle cap from coming back. However, I did use the cheap plastic brush I got from the hospital to scrub his head and that seemed to work the best for removing it. I also cut back on washes to keep from drying out his scalp.

Madeleine - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son's cradle cap was really bad for a couple of months. Eventually, when it got really yellow and crusty, I decided that just shampooing and baby oil rubs weren't enough.



(I realize it's not a health issue, but it just looked so bad, and I can't imagine it feels good.)



I found that rubbing a little lanolin breastfeeding cream (like what you use on sore nipples) and a gentle combing over his scalp about an hour later worked like a charm - to remove it and keep it from coming back.

Camille - posted on 02/09/2010

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We massaged baby oil onto our kid's heads. Then we rubbed it with a baby brush. That normally did the trick.

Jessica - posted on 02/09/2010

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My pediatrician prescribed a shampoo that worked wonders and it was a cheap prescription as well

Laura - posted on 02/09/2010

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sudocrem! put it on the effected area, leave it a few hours comb hair backwards and wash it out! its a bugger to get out but it got every bit off my sons head =)

Seny - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well my son ha dthe same thing a few months ago his dr told me 2 use head& shoulders. It really did work u will c it working in about a wk just ask ur dr first, hope it will work for your baby.

Seny - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well my son ha dthe same thing a few months ago his dr told me 2 use head& shoulders. It really did work u will c it working in about a wk just ask ur dr first, hope it will work for your baby.

Seny - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well my son ha dthe same thing a few months ago his dr told me 2 use head& shoulders. It really did work u will c it working in about a wk just ask ur dr first, hope it will work for your baby.

Terri - posted on 02/09/2010

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Take it from a mother of a 11 1/2 year old .the old stand by is best.Take either baby oil or olive oil a small amount dep., on amount of hair of course..and rub it in right before you put baby to bed in the morning use a light brush and work in small circles ....it's best if you can have a helping hand but gentle brush and work the hair with a little amount of oil. leave for about 15 to 30 mintines then wash out.repeat over a week until no more dry flakes are showing when brushing hair..Then repeat once a month from then on.....my family use to call my daughter my little salad......She dose this now only once in awhile when her needs it about 3 or 4 times a year .....Oh I almost forgot olive oil was a lot easier to wash out then baby oil but the baby oil stayes put better.

Linda - posted on 02/09/2010

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i used baby oil. i would do it in the mornings and afternoons when she was napping and just brush her hair backwards the give her a bath at night and brush it again. also i would lightly scratch her head all the time. to this day she loves for me to scratch her head.

Whitney - posted on 02/09/2010

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I used one of those soft brushes and then after the bath I put baby oil on his head.

Jessika - posted on 02/09/2010

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baby oil or Olive oil work realy well and use a soft tooth brush or fine tooth comb just be really easy then shampoo and rinse their head//hair very good. hope this helps!!

Tracie - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son had it pretty bad shortly after he was born. Baby oil a few minutes before bath, let it soak for a while, then use Selsun (don't think I spelled that right) shampoo. It works pretty good for a couple of days then just do it again. As they get older it clears up.

Patricia - posted on 02/09/2010

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my oldest is 18 months and its still not gone, everytime i get it all out it comes back. my dermatologist told me that babies who have cradle cap have a tendency to eczema. that explains alot

MaLinda - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter had an AWFUL case of cradle cap. The doctor recommended baby oil at night and rinsing it out in the morning plus 30 minutes before bath time. After Washing out the oil brush the baby's hair with a soft brush and scrub with a towel. Then use a fine tooth comb to get out whatever is loose. It takes awhile for the cradle cap to go away and your baby may loose some hair. My daughter was born with a HEAD FULL of hair but ended up with nothing but a mo-hawk after the cradle cap was gone. But it all grew back just fine.

Kathy - posted on 02/09/2010

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I tried everything myself and couldn't find a lot that would work..it would get a little better then return my son just turned 3 and still has it...everytime I bring him to the doctors I ask them about it and they say as long as it's not getting worse then it's fine...its just annoying...I use the baby oil and rub it into his scalp then comb thru it...it's just really a small portion now but he still has it....good luck!! I know how annoying it can be!

Cori - posted on 02/09/2010

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Our pediatrian said to use a small amount of dandruff shampoo 2 times a week. This worked for me with our kids. And use a comb to get that cradle cap out. Hope this helps!

Camille - posted on 02/09/2010

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I'm into natural remedies, and baby oil is full of mineral oil which actually clogs the pores. I made a concoction of almond oil, eucalyptus Lemon, and Granium. It worked like a charm! I massaged it into his head then combed it out with a baby comb the next day. contact me if you'd like me to send you some... appletonp2@yahoo.com

Leslie - posted on 02/09/2010

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When you are giving her a bath, but baby wash on a baby brush and gently scrub her head. Remember not to do it to hard, try not to put to much lotion on her head, cradle cap is sometimes caused by dried lotion. I hope that it helps.

Verity - posted on 02/08/2010

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put baby oil on their head n comb it out about once or twice a day depending how bad it is

Alexis - posted on 02/08/2010

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I've tried almost everything, my daughter is 15 mos, and idk what to do about it!

Celeste - posted on 02/08/2010

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Olive oil.rub in for 5 to 10 min. then brush with a soft brush in circles, shampoo after. Do this every day until you see marked improvement. Do not leave olive oil on scalp, the scalp needs to breath to heal.

Rebekah - posted on 02/08/2010

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There is a product sold at Wal-Mart that is made by Disney. It is called Gentle Natural Cradle Cap Care. You rub it on the scalp and softly brush in a circle motion until it is gone. It works wonderfully, I only had to use it once and it was gone. My sister in law had to use it twice cause she had a more severe case but I recommend using it! It is much better than vegetable oil! My in-law used oil for 2 months with no results, tried this and in 2 days it was gone!

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