How do i get rid of cradle cap? baby has a small patch on scalp but nothing is working.

Fiona - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 91 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old son, has had a patch of cradle cap on his scale. When i bath him it goes away but starts to come back a few hours later.



I have tried baby oil and combing as advised, and was also recommend a cream from a Doctor that didn't work either.



Was wondering what else i can try ?

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Tasha - posted on 12/24/2009

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I tried EVERYTHING for my daughter.... I used head and shoulders dandruff shampoo mixed with baby shampoo, baby oil, combing her hair in the tub, even Gerber bath and body soap with oatmeal, and NOTHING worked. :( :( Then when my daughters bath soap ran out, I bought her the Huggies natural care bedtime bath and body with lavender and camomile. Ever since I started using that in her hair at night, I have not had ANY type of cradle cap problems with my daugther!!!! Hers was sooo BAD!!! It woud peel off in big chunks, and it just looked gross in general!! I SWEAR by that stuff!!! Give it a try!!! It will also help sooth and relax your baby before bedtime, so you are doing two things at once!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!! :) :) :)

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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I put some baby oil on a facecloth (soft baby one) and rubbed it onto her scalp, let it sit for 15 minutes and repeated. A couple of days a couple of times a day and everything was gone. While rubbing in little circles you should acctually see bits and pieces of the cradle cap comming off. Just remember don't rub hard, if you do it'll hurt.

Lauren - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son had cradle cap, I used baby oil and gently rubbed it off. It took a little while but he didn't mind and it went away. You just have to wash their hair really well after that though.

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2009

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We just let our son's go... It wasn't too bad, but my ped told me to just comb, and put a little lotion on it every time we bathed him, and it went away just fine. They also sell a bunch of cradle cap creams at baby stores, try those!

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Emma - posted on 01/04/2010

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Dentinox Cradle Cap Treatment Shampoo is brilliant, our daughter had really bad cradle cap, this cleared it up a treat after a few weeks :-)

Lisa - posted on 01/04/2010

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I used Burt's Bees Apricot Oil. Add a cap full to the bath water. It's great. It also works on rosy dry cheeks :)

Tanya - posted on 12/27/2009

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My pedi told me the trick and it's working on my little guy. When you give your son a bath, lather his head with soap and take a small toddler toothbrush or soft baby brush ( I use his brush) and very softly brush his scalp. I go in small circles every now and then and switch back and brush forward. It's worked great wonders for me. Also, no worries, it will go away in time.... Good luck!

Shasta - posted on 12/26/2009

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CREAMY BABY OIL OR OLD LADY NIGHT CREAM PUT IT ON THICK AND COMB THERW GENTLY AND IT WILL COME OFF AS EASY AS 1.2.3

Kacee - posted on 12/26/2009

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Well I don't know if this will help since it's similar to what you've been told to do,but I did use baby oil on my son's cradle cap,but used a soft baby brush and made circular motions in the areas that were bad and it seemed to come right off.

Tracey - posted on 12/26/2009

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I use Maximum Strength T/Sal by Neutorgena. I used this on my daughter when she was 3 months to six months old...I also washed her hair with Paul Mitchel Baby Shampoo...I helped but I still had to use T/Sal...I would leave it in for 3 minutes then rinse with room temp water. She is 10 now. I still use it on her head in the winter...and only wash her hair 3 times a week, so the natural oil of her body is not washed away.

Gretchen - posted on 12/25/2009

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We used olive oil. Used it once or twice a day. The cradle cap went away within a month. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 12/25/2009

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I used olive oil right before a bath and scrubbed it in "lightly" with a soft square brush the hospital gave me. Then in the bath I used a fine tooth baby comb, gently scraping the scalp, followed by a good rinse.

Candice - posted on 12/25/2009

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I used baby oil on the baby's scalp and brushed it in w/ a really soft bristled brush, like a baby hairbrush. worked really well on my kids!

Debora - posted on 12/25/2009

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they have safety sides u can buy to put onto a single bed which i recommend so he does not fall onto floor or use at toddler bed since they are lower to ground.

Lisa - posted on 12/25/2009

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try baby oil or even olive oil let it sit for the day then comb it out worked will with my girls.

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when you wash his hair add a little olive oil to the lather. rinse. towel dry, add a little more oil. You have to oil his scalp daily. not too much to appear as though he feel into the oil. workedfor my daughter.

Cradle cap is liek dandruff,dead skin.

Becca - posted on 12/24/2009

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I used baby oil and rubbed it in and used a baby comb it scrape it up.. only had to do it 3 times... and she had it pretty bad. She really enjoyed me "scratching" her head too. I did it right before a bath so I could wash out all the flakes and oil.

Kathy - posted on 12/24/2009

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One of my sons had cradle cap and to get rid of it I saturated his scalp with pur baby oil and let it soak or about 1/2-1 hour before giving him a bath. I had a really really soft brush to scrub his head with and within a week it was all gone. If that doesnt do the trick ask his doctor about what you can use.

Stephanie Michelle - posted on 12/24/2009

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Both of my girls had cradle cap. We put baby oil on their heads about 15 minutes before their baths then mixed (half and half) water and head and shoulders. After lathering the head and shoulders brush his hair/head with a soft bristle toothbrush then rinse. Just make sure it doesn't get in his eyes.

Kalah - posted on 12/24/2009

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My son had it aboutthat time I jus started putting Vaseline on him after his bath and eventually it started to go away!!

Alice - posted on 12/24/2009

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My eldest had cradle cap. I ask a wise mother of six about what I could do. She said 'give her head a brisk rub with the towel after her bath'. As 'rub-rub-rub, boo! rub-rub-rub, boo! rub-rub-rub, who's a gorgeous baby?" xxx And Voila! All gone in days. I hope you find a solution as easily.
It may also be relivent that I stopped using all soaps and shampoos on my children until they were about 2-3 years old because my eldest has very sensitve skin. Instead of soaps and shampoos I added a teaspoon of bi-carbsoda to their bath.
Love and hugs to you and your family
May you share many enlightening years of love and laughter.

Erynn - posted on 12/23/2009

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California Baby Tea Tree and Lavender Shampoo and Body Wash- found it at Target. Works brilliantly. Both my boys had cradle cap, and both times this stuff cleared it up after only a few baths. Good luck!

Monica - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son is six months and he still has it, but Eucerin lotion has been working for us to help keep it under controll!

Heather - posted on 12/23/2009

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rub baby oil on the head and use a baby soft brush and brush it through it will come right off

Shanda - posted on 12/23/2009

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I quit using baby oil and just used aveeno lotion on my daughters head and brushed morning and night. it eventually goes away.

Tina - posted on 12/23/2009

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i did the baby oil thing to and then i tried vasoline. just rub a little bit on after a bath and don't wash it out. it will take about a week for it to really start to work, but that is what got ride of my son's and he had it very bad all over his head. if you try it, make sure when you put him to bed, lay his head on something that is old cause the oil in the vasoline will leave a stain on it. I hope this helps.

Marci - posted on 12/23/2009

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all my kids got that that and every other day i would massage baby oil into there hair for about 10min.and then comb there her

Joelle - posted on 12/23/2009

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my son didnt have cradle cap but when i was pregnant I was told to use olive oil but definately ask the doctor about it.. some cases are more serious than others.. but nothing to freak out about.. also don't use baby shampoos that will dry out their scalp like johnsons baby wash.. ... and if you feel the need to.. use a little bit of lotion to add some moisture

Caitlin - posted on 12/23/2009

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Don't do it more than every other day though, because otherwise it will start to irritate their heads! Their head might be a little red afterwards, but it will go away!

Caitlin - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son had some problems with cradle cap, and we still have some reoccurring problems with it. We discussed with his doctor, and it actually worked, at least for our son. You will need a soft bristle (adult) toothbrush, baby oil, baby brush and Neutrgena T-Gel. Rub the baby oil on the cradle cap with your finger, and then with the toothbrush. Wash the baby oil out with baby shampoo, dry and then brush his hair. Then repeat with the T-Gel. Hope it helps!

Marjolijn - posted on 12/23/2009

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My sons hairdresser told me to make a paste of Bicarb Soda and water. Put this on before the bath, leave for about 5minutes. Then rinse with water. Repeat this over a few days. It only took us four goes and it's all gone!!

Barb - posted on 12/22/2009

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My Dr. told me it is dry skin & shampooing their head less frequently should help.

Rikki - posted on 12/22/2009

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i was told to just let it go and it will go away after a while just wet or wash his hair at bath time an then make sure the aria is washed with clean water and it will just go away :)) good luck

SAVARA - posted on 12/22/2009

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I KNOW U SAID THAT U TRIED BABY OIL ALREADY BUT PUT SOME VASELINE OR BABY OIL GEL IN HIS HAIR BEFORE HIS BATH AND WASH IT JUST THE SAME WAY SO THAT OIL CAN REMAIN ON THE SCALP AFTERWARDS.ALSO BRUSH IT AT LEAST TWICE A DAY.

Kristen - posted on 12/22/2009

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I used good old EVOO on my daughter for her cradle cap (olive oil if you don't watch Rachel Ray). About an hour before bedtime put the olive oil on a cotton ball. Rub it on his scalp in a circular motion. Let it soak in and it loosens the flakes so that after a shampoo and a brushing they will just come off. It might take more than one day of doing so, but it worked for us.

Amanda - posted on 12/22/2009

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wash gently with baby soap then after u dry his hair use either baby lotion or baby oil the best thing to do is keep the scalp as mosterised as possible if u bath him right b4 bed use oil and then try and keep a hat on him while he sleep it cleard both of my kids up within a few days

Megan - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Mary :

I use to use baby oil and a fine tooth comb to remove it..sometimes it takes a couple of times. but it is caused from not rinsing their head good enough after washing.


cradle cap is genetic, you can do nothing to prevent it...it is from the oils in the placenta, some of your kids may get some may not....at least this is what i was told by my doctor and lots of reading online! :)

Megan - posted on 12/22/2009

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Ok so cradle cap is all genetics, it is nothing that you are doing or not doing. There is really nothing you can do to get rid of it it will go away eventually. Also cradle cap is not only on the scalp but can be anywhere on the body, just dry patches they can be anywhere.
My son had these big dry patches on his cheaks, not very noticeable but I knew they were there and asked my doctor if he could recommend some lotion for it and he laughed at me and said he saw it and it is cradle cap, I was shocked and that is when he told me it was genetic and it is from the oils from your placenta! He told me there wasn't much you can do.

There is a shampoo I know you can buy...As for me since it was on his cheeks couldn't use shampoo. I looked it up in the internet that you can use baby oil and then message it and brush it with a soft brussel tooth brush for a bout 5 minutes or as long as your baby will let you.

I swear to you that this works. I started doing it everyday and then every other day after his baths..I notice after his baths it worked the best. It isn't a miracle but it does work in time. I say right away I noticed it getting better but within a few weeks it is gone. I thought is almost even got worse or stayed the same for a little bit but kept doing it and it worked. It doesn't hurt you baby but he may not like it. My son cried everytime and I felt bad but it really helped him, I think he was more mad about the oil on his face and me messing with his face. :)
After I scrub then aI would wipe the baby oil off and rub creamy baby oil on his face. I seriously just got done doing this a few weeks ago. My son is 4 months old and it started around 2 months. I would also rub it and try to get the flaky skin off, it does not hurt him. That is the point of the cradle cap it is the dry flaky skin that you are trying to get off! If you google cradle cap you will find info on it. And yes it will eventually just go away but if you were like me it bothered me, my doc said it bothered me way more than it bothered my baby.

HOPE THIS HELPS!!

Erin - posted on 12/22/2009

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keeping his head covered in the cold weather (when you go outside) should help too

Desiree - posted on 12/22/2009

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They sell a cream at wal-mart and similar storesb that is made for cradle cap and that always worked for me with my girls.

Becky - posted on 12/22/2009

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i used baby oild...and let it moisten his scalp...then took a baby brush and it all came right off

Kellianne - posted on 12/22/2009

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Johnsons Baby oil and a soft brush baby oil his head and behind his ears every single day. Rub the baby oil in untill ur satisfied its dried in enough only takes a couple minutes it should just actually peel off, but brush his hair backwards against his hair growth. Never mind splashing a fortune on these "cradle cap creams" because baby oil baby lotion or to be honest any kind of moisterising property works all it is is a clump of dry skin honey :D

Jessica - posted on 12/22/2009

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I would use an oil like sunflower or olive to make sure that it penetrates. Rub a very small amount at night and rinse in the morning and lightly comb his hair. Mineral Oils found in most lotions and baby oil won't absorb into the skin.

Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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tea tree oil look at a health food store
this is ok for babies but ask your dr.

Kathleen - posted on 12/21/2009

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stick a q tip and dip it in apple cider vinegar. rub it on the spot where the cradle cap is. just make sure it doesn't drip on the face or in eyes. this works well on dandruff too as an fyi.

Jenica - posted on 12/21/2009

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This will sound weird but I had the same problem as you with my daughter so one day my boyfriends mom put this stuff called Bag Bom (it's a lotion sorta thing thats made for cows who are milked to keep them from getting chapped and sore) on her head and it worked really well. Her skin was alot less dry after using it just once.

Karen - posted on 12/21/2009

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I usuallylet the baby oil work in the baby hair and use a baby brush and comb lightly so it would not work back in and I also after that keep baby oil on the scalp dont wash it out it will go away after you wash the babys hair

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