whats the best thing for cradle cap

Stacey - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )




i think my 5 mth old has got cradle cap how do i get rid ov it

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Lisa - posted on 04/11/2010




I put my daughter in the tub washed her hair and covered her head in baby oil and brushed it with a soft bristled brush...washed it out and conditioned and she was fine....

Laura - posted on 04/11/2010




My sisters son (5 months old) had cradle cap and she rubbed baby oil into his scalp then brushed it all out with a soft baby brush, then washed his hair, she said it worked a like miracle and its never come back

Angie - posted on 04/11/2010




i bought the disney cradle cap shampoo at walmart. it works pretty good but smells weird.

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All my babies had it, I have tried all oils and shampoos. The best thing that worked is to really wash their hair and brush it with a soft bristle brush. No oil helped just the normal shampoo and brush. Simple things.

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2010




They have this stuff you can buy, its cradle cap care, in a green bottle with winnie the pooh on the front, its like 6-7 dollars but it lasts a long time. All you do is rub that onto the babies head and let it sit for a minute. Then use a comb and it comes right off. Worked for my kids!!

Kellean - posted on 04/10/2010




Specialists believe Cradle cap is caused by overactive sebaceous glands in the skin due to the mother's hormones still in the baby's circulation. The skin cells on their scalp grow faster than they can fall off. It is found in healthy babies and is perfectly normal. They say to use mineral oil,or baby oil. Olive oil wasn't recommended by my doctor as it can make it worse because of how thick it can be. I personally used mineral oil in that it was perfume free. At one point I tried Almond oil and it too worked well. I would let it sit and then used a soft brush to brush it out. They also suggest washing your babies scalp with gentle shampoo more often.Eventually it will go away. It isn't anything to worry about. If all these suggestions don't work then I would see you Pediatrician or Family doctor. They might have something better to offer.

Chitra - posted on 04/09/2010




Both my children had them. They just disappeared on their own. Use mild shampoo and shampoo his/her hair 3 or 4 times a week. Don't use a comb. If you have to, use a special comb that wil be gentle on the scalp. Don't oil his/her hair. Wait for 3 or 4 months, cradle cap will just vanish.

Teresa - posted on 04/09/2010




smother the childs head in baby oil to soften it and gently comb it out it does take a while but it works

Stef - posted on 04/09/2010




Just make sure you wash/rinse their hair REALLY good. It is also caused by the shampoo/body wash not being washed out all the way.

Dara - posted on 04/09/2010




My girls' pediatrician said it's basically the same as dandruff and instead of paying $7 for a tiny bottle of cradle cap shampoo just to use regular dandruff shampoo.

Emilie - posted on 04/09/2010




If you try to scrape it off with out oil it might hurt them. You need to put some type of oil on there head to loosen it up. Cradle cap is not caused by oil on their head, it is just a build of a alot of different stuff on their head such as skin and hair products shampoos and dirt and all types of stuff can cause cradle cap. My daughter had it, she had alot of hair. It was hard to get down to her scalp and get her scalp clean (especially with that weak baby shampoo) I used baby oil gel on her head and massaged it in then washed her hair really good with adult shampoo, after a few times doing that it was gone.

Kim - posted on 04/09/2010




My kids got it really bad. What I would do is put baby oil on their scalp while in the tub, after a bit shampoo it but take a kitchen scrubby and lightly scrub it, then rinse well. don't do too much at a time you don't want to get to the skin and make it raw.

Gina - posted on 04/09/2010




i hear alot of different ways to rid cradel cap,special lotions, baby oil or cooking oils work well when you let it sit in hair a few mins b4 the bath. With my daughters' i just used a double sided baby comb (the finer of the 2 sides) after baths and brushed out as much flakes as the baby could handle.Both of my girls seemed to like it so much that they would fall asleep while I combed their hair.

Lisa - posted on 04/09/2010




When my kids get cradle cap...I soak their scalp in baby oil for a few minutes and then wash...run a fine tooth comb through the hair to remove any flakes and wash again :) Hope this helps!

Alicia - posted on 04/09/2010




our ped prescribed us selenium sulfide. its a lotion you rub it on there head let it sit 5 minutes and wipe the lotion off, RIGHT after you rinse the lotion off you can see flakes in their hair. and those flakes brush right out. it took us 3 times of using the lotion and it was completely gone. :)

Sandra - posted on 04/09/2010




Cradle cap is caused by oily skin on the head. If you wash his head well and try to touch it as little as possible it will go away on it's own. It is natural and some kids get it more then others.

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