Craddle Cap/Dry Scalp. My son has flaky dry skin on his head and has black hair so it looks horrible. How do I get rid of the stuff? He is 11 weeks old.

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Misty - posted on 12/24/2008

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there is also a baby cradle cap shampoo u can buy at babyrus that would be safer for your baby. but mostly getting the area oily or wet then combing, scratching it off. I had long nails and kinda scratched off my sons. it doesn't hurt them, its just yuk

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2008

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soak affected areas with baby oil 30 mn prior to bath

using the baby hairbrush, gently scrub the area when you wash his hair.

this worked for us

Anya - posted on 11/04/2012

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Try HEAD & SHOULDERS shampoo (for dandruff). It worked for my daughter, after two or three uses... and the cradle cap never came back. Just be careful because it's a grown-up product, so it will sting his eyes if it drips in there. GOOD LUCK! : )

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2012

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I used baby oil on my daughters head and my son (who is older) i used head and shoulders and it worked great. After just a few times it was gone!

Krista - posted on 12/23/2008

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I do have my son same the PLM w head. and skins i was think because baby in tummy TOOOO LONG?? but I use crandle cap ?? from wal mart **winnie of pooh**

put on head. and stay for more then 15 to 30 minutes then put in bath and after that comb it to get dry off.. don't let layer and layer.. it WORK but expect his legs? don't know what to do.

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Noell - posted on 11/02/2012

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i used baby oil on my first which i thought didn't work to well i had to keep oilig and it made his hair really gross so when my daughter got it she got it all on her face and ears so i asked my dr he told me to use aquaphor or vaseline and it seemed to work better and didn't cause her hair to be so oily i just rubbed it on after bath and let her sleep with it on it there was any extra on i the morn i just patted it off with a rag...adding to much chemical stuff can make it worse and space out your baths a little bit more over washing can make it worse too just what worked for me hope it goes away soon!!!

Holly - posted on 10/29/2012

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EVERY time you wash the hair use the baby brush, make sure to wash EVERY night. when my kids were infant, i ALSO lotioned them up literally from head to toe... including their hair and scalp...

Luma - posted on 12/24/2008

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you can put babyoil or olive oil on his head half an hour before bath time then comb it with baby's brush ... after that you can give him the bath ... after 2 to 3 times it will all go

Nikki - posted on 12/24/2008

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Hi Aimee, my daughter suffered with that when she was a baby, and i used to rub baby oil onto her scalp. it seemed to do the trick and she has very shiny hair now! (she is 12 now!) have a good Christmas!

Julie - posted on 12/24/2008

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Our pediatrician recommended Head & Shoulders and it worked really good! Plus her hair smelled good (we used the pink kind). Just be careful when rinsing not to get in the baby's eyes. We still use it occasionally just to keep everything really clean and flake free.

Trish - posted on 12/24/2008

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I agree with the baby oil or baby lotion right after baths and the soft baby brush, I used to just brush and brush and brush and it loosens the cradle cap right up!

Dee - posted on 12/24/2008

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My little girl has bad skin and also had bad cradle cap, and for months I tired olive oil, the special cradl cap shampoo detinox or something and other but nothing worked... wish I had come somewhere like this haha as it looked awful... in future I know Baby Oil is the best thing ever for it! took 2 days and she had it for months!!!! Bless her.

Heather - posted on 12/23/2008

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Hi Aimee, I was reading your post and thought I could help. Im a mom of 6 and a hairstylist so this is right up my alley. Takeso baby cream, shampoo etc. anything that will soften the scalp- then take a comb, you know the kind you get your hair cut with, just a straight comb, make sure the teeth are close together, then just comb, scrape is a harsh term but youll see the meaning once you do it. It peels away all of that waxy stuff, older people get this too, it's really not something to worry about, but it does get yucky...Oh by the way the babys head is naturally going to be red when your done,, they will get mad, but it really doesnt hurt Heather

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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Ditto the olive olive oil and baby comb. I just worked the comb through the hair back and forth to get the flakes to fall out.

Christina - posted on 12/23/2008

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I used olive oil and a baby comb...it worked wonders. My baby has a LOT of hair, so I did the baby comb (without any advice from anyone else) just as a means to stimulate the scalp. I don't know if that is why other people did it, but it worked for me!

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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any type of oil...olive oil is best
try to stay away from shampoo at this age...they do not need it and it helps cause cradle cap

Karena - posted on 12/23/2008

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My sons cradle cap did not go away by itself it just got worse and worse until I started using the shampoo.

Lynn - posted on 12/23/2008

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It'll go away by itself, but when my son had it the pediatrician said to just put creamy baby oil on it. J&J makes it-you can buy it at the grocery store.

Karena - posted on 12/23/2008

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My son had the same condtion and it also was horrible.It got to the point it was done to his eyes. I took him to the doctor and he said it was cradle cap. He told me to use head and shoulders on his head. This stopped it from getting worse, but the old cradle cap was not disappearing.He told me to find something I could scrub his head with that would not cause any damage, of course. So after trying several things I ended up using one of those plastic pot scrubbers. I know it sounds crazy! I bought a new back dampened it a scrub his little head with the shampoo on his head. I never again had trouble with cradle cap. After a while I had to just use the shampoo occasionally to keep the cradle cap at bay.

Hope this helps!

Karena

Lori - posted on 12/23/2008

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Hi - Your Pediatrician should be able to give you a prescription for this. I had the same problem with my son and it worked. You can also buy over the counter baby scalp lotion but it doesn't work as well as the prescribed medication.

Maxine - posted on 12/23/2008

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they make special shampoo for it my daughter had it when she was that young and i used it and it seemed to work pretty good, and if it makes ya feel better, i had it really bad when i was a baby and i also have really bad dry skin so it tends to flair up especially in the winter and i use the stuff for babys and it works good on me too lol thats about the best i can tell ya

Lana - posted on 12/23/2008

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Baby oil works wonders, my son had it so bad that his head looked like it was covered in scales, i kept rubbing baby oil in it and using his baby brush to gently keep trying to comb it out, the oil washes out with baby shampoo

Randi - posted on 12/23/2008

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My baby boy is now 14 months and had cradle cap in his early months. I tried the stuff you buy in the store and it not only didn't work but it smelled nasty! I ended up taking him to the doctor and he prescribed a special medicated shampoo to be used a couple times a week. He also told me to take a comb and gently scrape the dry patches after massaging the shampoo into his hair. After a few weeks, the cradle cap was completely gone! Hope this helps =)

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Very common among newborns...both of my children had it. I know it's going to sound gross, but it really works.,,,take a small amount of 'olive oil' and massage his scalp..after a few minutes add baby shampoo (do not add water at this time)...lather and rinse with luke warm water...within a few days it will be gone. My doc recommended this and I thought she was crazy...but it really worked on my kids.

April - posted on 12/23/2008

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use baby oil , put a small amount on his head and brush it through his hair, my son has the same thing

Suzanne - posted on 12/23/2008

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use baby oil and a fine tooth comb. it will work great. i did it on my baby. the hair will be oily but just work it in and comb it.

Shannan - posted on 12/23/2008

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My daughter had it, my pediatrician recommended using Selsen Blue. It is a dandruff shampoo, so be careful of eyes. It worked wonders!!

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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My baby had it too - I used super heavy duty conditioner called Cholesterol (mmmm...) - you can buy it at any drug store that sells hair stuff. It's typically used by elderly women. Put it in his hair at night and in the morning use a soft brush or tooth brush - it will come off in chunks. Keep doing it as needed.

Kelly - posted on 12/23/2008

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hi aimee,

my son has the same problem, we have to keep his hair short & we wash it with halos & horns shampoo, works wonders. The only shop i know that sells it is asda if you want to try it

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