Cradle Cap

Venessa - posted on 06/07/2009 ( 199 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old daughter still has a little cradle cap, I have tried a few things ie)baby oil and none of them worked. It does not seem to be irritating her but I was wondering if anyone had any other tips to help? or should I just leave it and let it go away on its own? Thanx

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Lorelei - posted on 04/10/2013

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My baby girl had a raging case of it . Most of the time I would put her in lap and just saturate her head with olive oil. Instead of letting it sit , I constantly massaged it in the crust . Once the crust absorbed if I would pour more on . She loved the massage too ! Eventually the crusts were so soft they starting just falling off in huge pieces . With the leftover ones I took a comb and started at her crown and combed toward her forehead . Combing in the opposite direction lifted the crust off the scalp . After that I shampooed her hair . I did this everyday for 3 weeks and it hasn't come back!

Misty - posted on 06/19/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap and my pediatrician recommended using a tiny bit of Selsun Blue a few times a week and it worked well for her. Use very little and cover your baby's eyes when you rinse it out. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me!

Christi - posted on 06/13/2009

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i had this problem with both of my kids. I HATED the baby oil and store bought things as they were always so greasy and YUCK! What REALLY REALLY works, minus the greasy mess, is HEAD AND SHOULDERS SHAMPOO! I would lay them on the counter in the kitchen and with their head over the sink just was and rinse with the sprayer... this way you can be sure not to get it in her eyes. Hope this helps

Deanna - posted on 06/07/2009

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Hi, I have five children, and out of the five one had cradle cap so bad it made me want to cry. I used to take her baby brush and rub across her head. It would loosen the skin and help it come off. I neve had success with baby oil. I would use the brush and lotion.

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Oh no! don't use baby oils or anything oily. It only makes it worse. One good thing to use is selsume blue dry scalp shampoo.It is in a blut bottle with red writing.It cost a little more than somshampoos. but it works. Wash her hair with that and gently brush her hair. Try not to irritate the scalp making it crunky. A couple of days later you will see a big difference. Try to keep her hands out her hair so she won't scratch. Good luck. I hope this helped you some.

Christi - posted on 06/13/2009

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i had this problem with both of my kids. I HATED the baby oil and store bought things as they were always so greasy and YUCK! What REALLY REALLY works, minus the greasy mess, is HEAD AND SHOULDERS SHAMPOO! I would lay them on the counter in the kitchen and with their head over the sink just was and rinse with the sprayer... this way you can be sure not to get it in her eyes. Hope this helps

Mary - posted on 06/13/2009

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I am the mother of 4 and one of them had cradle cap. We had at the time an older wiser Dr. at the time and he told us to use Johnsons Baby Shampoo and his baby brush. Every time we gave him a bath use the brush to remove it while there was shampoo on his head. It really worked. He told us not to use the oil because the cradle cap absorbs the oil and makes it a stick mess after a bit. Also making sure baby's head is kept dry helps. If it is summer and humid like in Texas when this happened then I would wash his head a couple of times a day just to keep it drier. I hope this helps you.

Deanna - posted on 06/13/2009

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my 7 month old baby had it bad and i use to put baby oil on a towel and rub it on his head and it came off very quickly so i would try that

Kathy - posted on 06/13/2009

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I remember the docotr telling me to use vaseline. Rub it on and leave it in.It would loosen the cradle cap and I could comb it out. It worked for me but then my daughter was younger than 8 months at he time.

Kat - posted on 06/13/2009

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BTW I tried baby oils and such and I just found it made her hair funky. The Head and Shoulders was great! and less messy.

Kat - posted on 06/13/2009

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My Daughters Dr told me to use Head and Shoulders (Sensitive but not tear free just FYI) but it cleared it right up. I used it for about a month and never had a prob after that.

Kat - posted on 06/13/2009

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My Daughters Dr told me to use Head and Shoulders (Sensitive but not tear free just FYI) but it cleared it right up. I used it for about a month and never had a prob after that. She was about 6 mo old when I did this and had no adverse effects. Shampoo as usual but do not rinse. Leave on hair for 1-2 minutes.

Amanda - posted on 06/13/2009

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This will take it away...this is straight from my doctor, (who I asked about 3 months ago- no CC since) and it is what he did with his kids. Make sure before you put the baby oil on you stake out the spots that have CC, because once the oil is on, it will be difficult to see...



Take baby oil and pretty much saturate (not to the point of dripping) her head. Take those little baby combs that come with those baby brushes, and (gently) rake up the spots that have CC. Wipe whatever dead skin comes up on a towel and repeat. You probably will have some hair that comes along with it. I gave her a bath afterwards- obviously because of the oily-ness. I was afraid that the shampoo would be too harsh on her head after SCRAPING skin off, but she loves baths and didn't seem to be irritated one bit.



I had to do it twice, only because I missed a couple of spots, but it's the one and only thing that I tried! Good luck :)

Sharon - posted on 06/13/2009

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I used Dentinox cradle cap shampoo for both of my children... Its really good... I used it every day on them till it cleared which wasnt long... I am going to be a nana in a few months and have even bought some to put away incase my grandchild gets it ....

Tania - posted on 06/13/2009

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I use Elizabeth Anne's Cradle Cap cream. It works, and it smells nice too. According to the doctor it doesn't go away by itself, so try to treat it sooner rather than later.

Sharyn - posted on 06/13/2009

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I used baby oil on mine and left it in overnight as she had it bad ... its all clear now and she is 6months old ... i used a soft baby brush to brush it out .... and now also everytime she showers with me, i used JOhnsons on her hair as well as her body and its clearing out any return cradle cap.

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Quoting Jennifer:

Oh! I JUST got rid of my daughter's (6 months) in one fell swoop after weeks of working at it with no real success! Cradle cap is caused by an oil build up, it's just dead skin that won't schluff off.(adding oily products may be the opposite of what you want to do)

So I asked about it when she had her last check up and the nurse said to "try Head and Shoulders, scrub it in and leave it, let it get good and soggy (you know how your skin gets when it's been wet awhile), then wash and dry off". I ensured a good long bath by getting in the tub with her and laying her on her back against my belly and kept her entertained with toys while we soaked. (it was actually fun)

When we dried off, I used a fine tooth comb (those skinny ones with the pick on one end for parting hair) and combed the areas with cradle cap (along her hair line in front) gently with it and it started coming off like crazy! Little pieces of skin were everywhere!

Now it's all gone. Give it a whirl. : )


i also used head and shoulders to get rid of my daughters, but am now unable to as she has really bad eczema. and due to this i can not use soap products so she has constantly got it again. all i do one every 2 months approx is use a nit comb after she has had an extra long shower and this will normally release it all from the scalp. by doing it this way also reduces having to use chemicals on such a tiny child.

Jeanie - posted on 06/12/2009

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My 4 month old had cradle cap bad to the point where if you rubbed his head it would flake. I took a fine tooth comb and went over his and it came right off then after doing that I rubbed some baby lotion on his head and its never been a problem since.

Michelle - posted on 06/12/2009

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I belong to a baby group run by a doctor and she told us to use mineral oil and a soft baby brush. Put mineral oil on let it sit, brush flakes and then wash hair.

Terri - posted on 06/12/2009

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dont know if anyone else suggested this but if you are careful not to get it in the eyes wash the hair with head and shoulders (can be store brand) my 5 month old and my almost 2 year old get it pretty badly still and after a few days of washing their hair with the head and shoulders its gone completely just massage it in comb it through let it sit a few minutes and rinse it out took about 3 days for it to completely get rid of my 5 month olds.

Kayla - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son got it pretty bad too, I ended up using Goats milk wash then combed his hair after his bath then after about 2 weeks it was nearly completely gone. It also worked wonders for my psorisis. Hope it helps u too.

Kayla - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son got it pretty bad too, I ended up using Goats milk wash then combed his hair after his bath then after about 2 weeks it was nearly completely gone. It also worked wonders for my psorisis. Hope it helps u too.

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Hi, I see you've had lots of help already but thought i'd put in my 2 cents too :). This is what my doctor recommended and it worked great although it did take off some hair. Bruise a clove of garlic by crushing it on the counter and rub it into the baby's scalp and massage some olive oil into that. do this once a day. also, if you have it, rub some echinaciea into the scalp with a soft bristle toothbrush very gently on alternate days. I use A. Vogel's Echinaforce drops. We use a naturopath and try to find the least harmful way of medicating our kids and so far the natural methods we've used have been very successful and no worries about harmful side effects. hope you've found help with the many posts. have a great day :).

Raquel Adriana - posted on 06/12/2009

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hi my son is 2 1/2 months and has cradle cap oil did not work for me either but i didn't wash his hair for 3 days and on the fourth day i washed it and put alot of baby oil and combed it really good i did this three times... it WORKED!! good luck... if you try it let me know if it worked....

Anna - posted on 06/12/2009

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Mostly leave it alone. Doctor told me I was irritating it worse by messing with it. Once the child is older, you can use Head and Shoulders shampoo.

Amanda - posted on 06/12/2009

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my kiddo had it till he was two it wont hurt them and it will go away on its own

Nellie - posted on 06/12/2009

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The best thing to cure or prevent cradle cap is-----first saturate the babies head with baby oil and leave it for about an hour. Then take a soft tooth brush and scrub it really good. Repeat this daily until it goes away. My grandson was born witha full head of hair and the nurse told us to use a toot brush daily when we shampooed his hair. It dfoes not hurt the baby. We did and he never got cradle cap. Really works.

User - posted on 06/12/2009

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Stop putting baby oil on it. There is nothing u really can do, just let it take its course.

Joanne - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting Venessa:

Cradle Cap

My 8 month old daughter still has a little cradle cap, I have tried a few things ie)baby oil and none of them worked. It does not seem to be irritating her but I was wondering if anyone had any other tips to help? or should I just leave it and let it go away on its own? Thanx



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My son had cradle cap, but its totally gone now. Try using oilatum cream. We used to use it once a day after he had been in the bath. Just rub it over the spot where th ecradle cap is. Its briliant! Like i said my son is totally free of it now x

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u can use liquid parafin, put in on her hair before she goes to bed and wash off in the morning.My grandmother told me to use it on my daughters head and it really does work..You might have to do it a few times though..rub it in well..Cradle cap looks awful when left goes all hard and crusty ...trust me she will be fine..MY daughter is 30 this year..never did her any harm luv..i am one of 8 kids and my mum used it on us too..

Mary Beth - posted on 06/12/2009

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have you tried baby lotion? my son had it till he was 5 months old. I tried that.. I use baby magic on him and it works really well and he hasn't had it for a few months now..

Birgitte - posted on 06/12/2009

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From what I've read/learned, left untreated cradle cap can build up and develop scabs, which can be painful for your baby. The key to treating cradle cap is not just using oil (any mild oil will do--I used Bert's Bees baby oil), but gently combing the scalp after the oil has sat for a few hours. This loosens the dead skin. Do this every few day, not so often that you irritate the scalp, and it should go away. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son had it for what seemed like forever! He is now 10 months old and its finally gone! I bath him every night and make sure I wash his hair really good. It seemed to help! Did you try that stuff for cradle cap? Don't worry it will go away eventually, just like baby acne! Hope this helps. Good Luck! You have a cute little girl!

Colleen - posted on 06/12/2009

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Ok sounds weird but it worked for me and my 8 month old daughter. apply baby oil tio the area about 30 minutes before a bath. Once in bath, use Selsun Blue shampoo and rub the area with a baby brush - rub hard, in circular motions. Be extra careful not to get the SB in her eyes and I always give her an extra rinse to make sure the shampoo does not say on her skin after the bath. The stuff doesn't have the most pleasant smell (nothing smells as good as clean baby anyway). Be patient - I think it took about 2 months for my daughter's to completely clear up. BTW - this advice is straight from my pediatrician! Give it a shot.

Tanya - posted on 06/12/2009

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We used baby oil and a small baby brush. After you rub baby oil on it then take one of those extra soft white baby brushes and rub in a circular motion across the areas needed. I think it was 2 x and it came off. I know people wrote to use baby oil or a brush but try both together.

Clare - posted on 06/12/2009

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my baby had it we just put vaseline in her hair at night then just brush it backwards in the morning, wash the hair every night with just warm water and repaet progress, it will come out, my babies has all come out now and she has new hair growing now, i just hop it don't come back, i'm still putting vaseline in it at nigh just to keep her scalp clear!

Clare - posted on 06/12/2009

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my baby had it we just put vaseline in her hair at night then just brush it backwards in the morning, wash the hair every night with just warm water and repaet progress, it will come out, my babies has all come out now and she has new hair growing now, i just hop it don't come back, i'm still putting vaseline in it at nigh just to keep her scalp clear!

Tina - posted on 06/12/2009

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hi, i took my son to his 4 month old chek up n told the dr... he said he had a form of phsorisis. he told me to put mineral oil where its dry let it set about 30 mins then take a soft baby brush and slowly scrub! what wonders it does! i have to do it about once a week. mineral oil is a lil stronger than baby oil..

try that!

good luck!!!

good luck!

Sara - posted on 06/12/2009

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Thing is it could be excema or psoriosis..see a dermatologist to make sure..like one of the ladies said its caused by an oil build up..so is why oil doesnt help....is what my daughter had and wasnt cradle cap..

Sara - posted on 06/12/2009

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Thing is it could be excema or psoriosis..see a dermatologist to make sure..like one of the ladies said its caused by an oil build up..so is why oil doesnt help....is what my daughter had and wasnt cradle cap..

Melissa - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi Venessa, it looks like mums have posted some great ideas and I guess it's a bit of trial and error to see what works for your baby girl. Do let us know if you find something that helps. It is my understanding that food intolerance is the biggest cause of cradle cap - can be caused by an intolerance to many different things. Sorry I can't be more specific, but perhaps something to look into? I guess if it is not irritating her though, don't be too concerned. As her hair grows, it will cover it. My son, almost 7, has a bit of cradle cap still, which fluctuates depending on his intake of foods that don't mix well with him - for him it is preservatives and dairy. Sorry I can't offer a definate solution but hope this helps a little. best of luck, Mel

Erin - posted on 06/11/2009

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My 7 yr old still has what they used to call cradle cap. I used to use Jojoba oil (you can get it at any health food store or even walmart I think) after he got out of the tub. Now I actually just keep his hair short. I would try the oil just on her scalp and see if it might help. I hope it does. Good luck.

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My son had terrible cradle cap and I used egozie cradle cap lotion,



http://www.egopharm.com.au/scripts/nc.dl...



I found that if I used it once at night and then the following morning - comb through the hair about 3 hours after the second application and it just came out. Had to do this process twice and then it has never come back.

Kymberly - posted on 06/11/2009

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When my girls were babies, I would use the soft baby hair brush on their scalp while washing their hair (or scalps in my nieces' case) and after a few soft scrubbings, the cradle cap disappeared. Good luck.

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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and by the way his pediatrician suggested the used of cetaphil (a water-based facial wash) as his shampoo. This really works!

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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hi there! my son had a cradle cap when he was younger. baby oil never worked. Try using a slightly hard paper (thicker than a bond paper) then rub it across the head of your baby using its edges. It really helps!

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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hi there! my son had a cradle cap when he was younger. baby oil never worked. Try using a slightly hard paper (thicker than a bond paper) then rub it across the head of your baby using its edges. It really helps!

Anna - posted on 06/11/2009

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Johnson's makes a cradle cap shampoo. Rub it in and then use a fine tooth comb to gently scrape at it then put her regular shampoo on top and rinse. The shampoo leaves an oily residue and you may need to shampoo with regular baby shampoo another time to get it out. I had to repeat this every two days for a week and a half but it went away and stayed away.

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hi vanessa, my daughter is 4months old and she has cradle cap as well.. i've been using olive oil and i've noticed a big difference to normal baby oil..so maybe u can try that if you haven't already..and the chemist sells cradle cap ointment,i personally haven't tried it but a friend of mine did and she reckons it's alright. hope i've helped in some way.

Melissa

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I don't know if this has been said or not. (I haven't gone through and read all 148 replys) My daughter had cradel cap also, her dr. told me to use head and shoulders (just the regular one) It worked. We still use it now and she is two. It cleared up in a few weeks.

Amanda - posted on 06/11/2009

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My nearly two year old son had a little cradle cap around his crown that i never really worried about because it was covered by his hair and didn't worry him. i came across this method just yesteday by accident after he emptied half a tube of sorbolene cream on his head! i got off what a could and, because it was after bath time, he went to bed with a fair bit still in his hair. when i combed his hair this morning the majority of the cradle cap came off. he has got a bit of a dodgy hair do today because of the sorbolene but hopefully it will wash out tonight!

Connie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I was going to suggest baby oil, it worked on my daughter, but just leave it alone and it will go away.

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