cradle cap?

Dale - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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what causes it? what the best way to prevent it? And is rubbing baby oil in my daughters hair and picking out the flakes the best way to get rid of it?

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Nadine - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had this problem with my daughter over her entire head. I was just picking it off that was kinda working then I rubbed tree tea oil on her scalp and it went away. Easier, safer and cheaper then the cradle cap cream. Then can use it on your own face to do deep pore cleaning works great.

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Kellie - posted on 07/04/2011

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use olive oil let it soak overnight then comb hair to lift flakes and then shampoo hair

Kylie - posted on 09/19/2009

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All i did is put baby oil on the scalp at bath time leave for ten mins then use a lice comb to brush it out works everytime!
I then shampoo the hair to get the oilyness out.
Goodluck hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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i dont know if anyones said this yet but a little bit of Head and Shoulders worked like a charm for my boy i was just pickin out the scales for so long n brushing themout but i was worried n my gram told me to use the shampoo n it worked

Stacy - posted on 09/18/2009

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We just used lotion after baths - and would run the baby comb through her hair when you would see pieces coming up. It's annoying but so not the worst thing to have on a baby.

Martha - posted on 09/18/2009

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Not sure what causes it, but it will usually go away. I woud check with your peditrition to make sure it is not something else. When my son was little he had it bad and I would use baby oil and lotions constantly. Finally we discovered he had exema, and had to go to prescription ointments. He is 11 will still have an occasional bout but for the most part he has out grown it(then exema). He will still get a form of cradle cap if we let his hair get to long though. I would keep trying the baby oil and gently brushing the loose flakes, unless it does not seem to be getting better..

Pippa - posted on 09/17/2009

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try not to use baby oil it is no good it can if digested can slowly kill a baby and it can dry out skin and make cradle crap much worse please let me know if i can help in any other situation take care.

Pippa - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi im not sure if this helps you or not but oh well. cradle cap or as my lil sister called it cradle crap is caused by existing hormoans left in the baby's system 95% of babies get it threw the first 12months nothing major to worry about unless it becomes excessive and or smelly but when bathing babies get a WET face washer dont be scared but rub it off and you will see it will go very quickly however you will need to rub it like we dry our hair roughly but seriously it wont hurt them then when you get them out dry there hair like we dry ours k it works a treat and it goes VERY quickly

Sandra - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi, Both of my daughters had it. Well, my 3 month has it now. I asked there doc. about it and she said to gentle massage it during a bath with a soft baby brush, and baby shampoo. After awhile, give it a wk or so, it should start to go away! Don't pick it off, just gentle rub. Good-luck!

Renae - posted on 09/17/2009

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baby oil massaged in and then a gentle brushing with a very soft brush or use the baby comb to gentley remove the flakes. it will clear up with time and the oil does help alot. i used the lavendar massage gel oil on my daughter and made it part of her routine, she enjoyed it and still does at 2. hasn't had cradle cap since she was 3mos. but we still do this occas just because she loves it. and the lavendar scent relaxes them.

Dale - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Nadine:

I had this problem with my daughter over her entire head. I was just picking it off that was kinda working then I rubbed tree tea oil on her scalp and it went away. Easier, safer and cheaper then the cradle cap cream. Then can use it on your own face to do deep pore cleaning works great.


tea tree oil mixed in with conditioner is also good for getting rid of head lice.



 



 



thank you all for your help and advice

Christi - posted on 09/17/2009

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my son got cradle cap and i was told it was just something that happens after birth. i put baby oil on it and brushed it out and he hasn't had a problem since.

Loni - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm not too sure what causes it, some say it's dry scalp and/or soap build up....I am not sure, however it seems like almost every baby gets it. My daughters' was pretty bad; thick and yellowish in color. I would massage her scalp with gel-oil (alot easier to apply than regular oil) a while before bath time so it could soak in, and then massage with shampoo to wash out the oil. After that I would use a fine toothed comb and gently comb the flakes off. It took a while before it was all gone. My doc also told me not to even bother washing her hair more than once a week, b/c that could dry her scalp out more. Plus the natural oils help too.

I think that as long as your hands and nails are scrubbed well, picking shouldn't cause an infection. But I prefer the little comb ( i think it was a gerber brand), it seemed to work well for me. Good luck and hope this helped a bit! :)

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its just caused but the skin drying out.. best way i found to help it is to rub baby oil in the head every night and genlte remove the flakes..

Amie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Im not quite sure what causes it but i got rid of my bubs by rubbing the baby oil in then using a comb to lift it out no its all gone =]

Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2009

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For infants with cradle cap:

-Massage your baby's scalp gently with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales and improve scalp circulation.

- Give your child daily, gentle shampoos with a mild soap while scales are present. After scales have disappeared, you may reduce shampoos to twice weekly.

- Be sure to rinse off all soap.

- Brush your child's hair with a clean, soft brush after each shampoo and several times during the day.

- If scales do not easily loosen and wash off, apply some mineral oil to the baby's scalp and wrap warm, wet cloths around his head for up to an hour before shampooing. Then, shampoo as directed above. If scales continue u can always go to your doctor and they would probably give your daughter a cream or lotion to apply to her head. But from all I've seen (I'm a hair stylist) just brushing with a soft comb and and rubbing but not too hard and not scratching should help!

Stacy - posted on 09/17/2009

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The baby oil trick is an old wives tale and has actually been proven to make it worse. My son had cradle cap until he was 2 1/2. My doctor told me although unsightly, it was nothing to worry about. The best way I found to control it was to buy a lice comb, believe it or not. The fine teeth of the comb get the majority of the flakes. Also, when you bathe your daughter, only wash her hair once a week with soap. The natural oils help to clear it up. Good luck!

Shawna - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm not sure how to get rid of it, I always kept baby lotion on my daughters head it was part of the bathtime routine... It seemed to work she never got it. I want to think it's just caused by there skin on their scalp being dry like baby dandruff.

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yes.. w both my boys.. i would do baby oil and scrub w the baby brush not so much that it would irritate then after bath, some lotion, and keep doing until it went away

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