how to treat cradle cap

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Mae Rose - posted on 05/12/2014

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my son has flakes (like dandruff too). on his first 3 months its yellowish and smelly.we already checked a doctor about this. he gave prescriptions too. at first it disappear but after 2days there appear a small amount of flakes on his scalp again. he's 4months old now. i'm worried about him. what could it be?

Mae Rose - posted on 05/12/2014

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my son has flakes (like dandruff too). on his first 3 months its yellowish and smelly.we already checked a doctor about this. he gave prescriptions too. at first it disappear but after 2days there appear a small amount of flakes on his scalp again. he's 4months old now. i'm worried about him. what could it be?

Mae Rose - posted on 05/12/2014

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my son has flakes (like dandruff too). on his first 3 months its yellowish and smelly.we already checked a doctor about this. he gave prescriptions too. at first it disappear but after 2days there appear a small amount of flakes on his scalp again. he's 4months old now. i'm worried about him. what could it be?

Lee-Ann - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son had a really bad case when he was a baby. I used J&J baby oil. Soaked his scalp in it. Let it sit for about an hour. Then I used a very soft baby's brush & gently scrubbed the crusts away. Then shampooed. A few times & it was gone.

Kristy - posted on 06/19/2009

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I tried everything, than the dermatologist gave my son Cerave. Its a body lotion and was given to us for his body. I decided to put it on his scalp and it worked wonders. He had it so bad his scalp would bleed. Try it!! You can buy it at any Walgreens or CVS.

Sonya - posted on 06/19/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap... All I did was use her regular Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and really scrubbed her head... like I do my own when my hair feels really dirty. Then we used her baby brush on her hair. It worked and hasn't come back...

Portia - posted on 06/19/2009

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My Daughter had cradle crap so bad by two months of age, I tried the baby oil, olive oil, and vaseline, none of them worked permanetely. I found the Gentle Naturals (Disney baby) Cradle Crap Care, located it in babies r us. It is thick to wash out but it surely most positively works and its easy to find, now I've even seen it in Walgreens and CVS. I would try that and I'm sure it will help.

Simone - posted on 06/19/2009

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i put sorbolene cream on her head for bout an hour and when i dry her hair a do it a bit rough with the towel to flake it off and it gone only took bout 1 weeks

Sophrona - posted on 06/19/2009

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I have 4 children and my son had it the worst. We ended up putting a lotion called pau D'arco lotion and mixed it with two drops of tee tree oil. You could tell a difference in just one night! Before it looked like he got into a fight with a blender and it won. He itched his head so bad. I would just cry because it was that bad. I got this stuff and I cried too, but out of happiness that is was going away. It took three to four days to completly go away. You can go to mynsp.com/wright to find it. Works great and there are no chemicals! Good luck!

Theresa - posted on 06/18/2009

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i will swear by it as long as i have a tongue in my mouth, OLIVE OIL!!! get some EVOO and rub just like a teaspoon on his/her scalp. let it sit for about five /ten minutes and then take a baby comb (those small white plastic ones you get from the hospital many times, and u can get them at stores too) and just very lightly and very slowly comb the cradle cap off the scalp. it comes off on the teeth of the comb and you just need to keep a damp paper towel to wipe the teeth of the comb off with when it builds up. repeat this as many times as necessary until the cradle cap is gone. i've noticed that its easier on the baby too then that shampoo stuff they sell in the stores and there are NO CHEMICALS involved!!! try it once and you'll see, it works GREAT!

Sarah - posted on 06/18/2009

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First, talk to your doctor to make sure your child has cradle cap and not something else like eczema. My son had cradle cap and was told to use Selsun Blue and lather with a baby brush. Cradle cap disappeared in a couple days. The eczema on his face took longer, but we've finally found a regime that works for that (prescription + vaseline). Good luck!

Christina - posted on 06/18/2009

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When my daughter was little, she had it really bad. She's now 2 1/2 and symptom free, but she got it from time to time until she was two. The best things that worked for me were olive oil left on for 5-15min just before a bath. After her bath, I would take a comb and lightly scrape the flakes off (the skin is much softer to work with) and she seemed to handle it okay. When she was 2, her pediatrician told me to use a basic dandruff shampoo and honestly, that did the trick- we haven't had any trouble since. You just have to be careful not to get it in your little one's eyes. Hope this helps and good luck!

Leanne - posted on 06/18/2009

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I found that mineral oil will help clear it right up! Also, if you can get a sponge with those soft bristles on the other side that will help take off any of the lose flakes. :)

Stacie - posted on 06/18/2009

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Baby Oil made things worse for me so I used Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo only a couple times and it went away for good!

Brittany - posted on 06/18/2009

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I find that olive oil works really well clears up within a couple of times of using it, i used to put it on my kids straight after a bath after the 1st time you notice a difference.

Tricia - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi Ebonie- The best baby products that work for this and many other things is the Arbonne Baby line. I would love to send you a sample.



If anything look at the ingredients of any product and make sure it does not have mineral oil in it. Mineral oil is basically Crude oil.



904-826-6907 ttoth@bellsouth.net

User - posted on 06/18/2009

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vasoline always worked for me its an old wives way of doing it but it does the job !!!!!

Domeka - posted on 06/18/2009

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The very best way to treat cradle cap is by applying baby oil to the scalp, then in a circular motion, run a small toothed baby comb through the cradle cap and it will flake right off onto the comb. I have three children and this method worked wonderfully with each of the. Medicated soaps and fancy products are not at all necessary. This will work I promise.

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Our pediatrician said to never use any type of oil on it. It can clog the pores on the scalp. He recommended washing with T-gel and then gently use a fine tooth comb. It may take a few washes but it works wonders.

Chelse - posted on 06/18/2009

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With cradle cap you just have to let it run it's course. You can comb it out with whatever combination of oils, lotions...but it will probably just keep coming back until it has run it's course. It is now thought to be a form of yeast or other type of rash.
Some other things people use: breast milk (uh huh, they say it is the cure for EVERYTHING), head and shoulders (but you have to be super careful not to get it in their eyes).

Molly - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son had cradle cap really bad around 2 months. Despite the bathing reguarly and Was told to use baby oil. Tryed it helped a little it would start to get better then get worse. I started to put both baby oil and lotion together which seemed to help better. But in the end his peditrictan had to perscribe a medicated cream to help it go away. The cradle cap went awy when he was about 4 months. While reading they say they can get it off and on for the first year. So I hope what I said helps. Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2009

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Burt's bees apricot oil works great. Rub it in and leave it for 5 minutes then take a comb and loosen the flakes and pick them off. Then wash the babies hair.

Kisha - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi Ebonie I have a 5 month old and she had a situation with cradle cap at 2 months old, the worst thing you can do is start scratching the baby scalp and putting all kinds of oils, what you need is to go to Babies R Us and get a foam shampoo called Mustella it works wonders my daughter has a head full of sandy hair and gorgeous, none of her hair came out I love this product I swear by it. I got this from my friend who is a hair dresser and she used it on her daughter when she was a baby because she had the same problem with cradle caps she is now 2yrs old and has long beautiful hair. Trust me it works let me know when u get this email me and let me know how it works. kdenman76@yahoo.com

Tara - posted on 06/17/2009

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I just used plain old canola or vegetable oil. I put it on my daughter's scalp and rubbed it in, then put a little baby cap on her for about 10 minutes. After that I washed her hair as normal and used a fine tooth baby comb after the bath and it all came up - she hasn't had any since then.

Valerie - posted on 06/17/2009

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baby oil works great & if you put a drop of tea tree oil in the baby shampoo it will help keep it away.

Irene - posted on 06/17/2009

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I used baby oil I would put just a little on each day I would wash it out at night but left it in though out the day it softened it just nice when I would bath him it would wash all the lose flakes out

Samira - posted on 06/17/2009

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i used to use baby oil... allowed it to sit for a few mintues then combed it out and washed his hair. one thing to be sure of is to give the baby a bath daily or at least a full body wipe down. i learned the hard way... my son's pediatrician discouraged me from bathing him daily, which caused his eczema to flaw up really bad, and cradle crap turned into a scalp infection. sometimes parents knows what is best for our children.

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rub baby oil on her head. then take the baby brush and rub it in some more and then wash her head... Dont take her out with the oil on it will burn her head.
Or if she will wear a hat you can keep it on for a while on her head. Just don't let her get any in her mouth... look at the warning on the back of the bottle...

Julie - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son had cradle cap really bad. About an hour before his bath, we would put baby oil on his scalp and a tiny bit of hydrocortisone cream on his face and let it sit, then wash it all off in the bath, plus using a soft toothbrush to scrub the top of his head during the bath.

Julie - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son had cradle cap really bad. About an hour before his bath, we would put baby oil on his scalp and a tiny bit of hydrocortisone cream on his face and let it sit, then wash it all off in the bath, plus using a soft toothbrush to scrub the top of his head during the bath.

Chantique - posted on 06/17/2009

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My mother in law told me to use vasoline to lift it up. and wash my sons hair with dial soap and it went away and never came back. and it didnt take his hair out.

Elise - posted on 06/17/2009

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my son just developed it within the past few weeks. i put johnsons lavender oil on his brush and brush it through his hair. i leave it in though. it softens the flakes up and they seem to be less now.

Corinne - posted on 06/17/2009

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hey! i tried the special shampoos and oil with my daughter but theonly thing that worked was olive oil! rub it in their hair and leave in for 5-10 minutes...then give them their regular bath... you can use a fine tooth comb to loosen the flakes and shampoo like normal! after about 2 or 3 times of this, it was gone!

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