I need advice on cradle cap & spoon feeding

Alicia - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My ped recommended using selsun blue shampoo every few days for my lil girl's cradle cap but it doesn't seem to work (i have really bad scalp issues as well and it doesnt work for me either). We've also tried the baby oil as well and it isn't seeming to work. Any more suggestions?

Also, we've been trying to feed her from a spoon with the cereal but she just pushes it out with her tongue our gags a little. I am worried she isn't progressing past the stage of only bottle fed and into eating from a spoon. Is this normal at only 5 months?

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Cradle cap: warm olive oil massaged into the scalp. Then comb through with a fine tooth comb to remove the crusts. Shampoo out with baby shampoo and towel dry. You may need to do this a few times over a few days or it may clear up with just one go. It worked a treat for my son. :-)

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Elizabeth - posted on 02/01/2011

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I used vitamin E capsules and poked a hole in them to get the liquid out and rubbed it on his head. Then I used a fine tooth comb (sounds mean, but he loved it) and combed the dead/oily skin away. I only had to do that twice and the cradle cap has not been back. And I agree with the no baby oil. Cradle cap isn't dry skin, its an excess of oil, so baby oil will only make it worse.

Monica - posted on 02/01/2011

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not if you are gentle comb should be fine i used the olive oil left on for a few minutes and rubbed the cradle cap until it moved around everywhere then washed their hair like normal with johnsons. and my kids were hungry kids and eating baby food at a month only my oldest would eat the cereal the others i just went to stage one baby foods and they did fine

Sarah - posted on 01/31/2011

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Put some olive oil on, let it sit for a few minutes then scrape it off (gently) using a rough face cloth. Make sure you wash her head really well afterward to get all the oil off. It's caused by excessive oil production on the skin. Daily hair washing afterward should prevent it from returning.

We just started our daughter on solids as well. She does the same thing at 6 months old. Really what it is is that when they are born, they have the instinct to thrust their tongue forward for breastfeeding. When they swallow solids, they need to learn to push the food to the back of their throat with their tongue. Basically they need to relearn how to use their tongue. Keep trying her, she'll get it, it just takes practice.

Alicia - posted on 01/31/2011

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Thank you so much for all of your help so far. Is it not going to hurt her to use the comb instead of the soft baby brush??

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Alicia, olive oil not baby oil. Baby oil isn't good for their skin but olive oil is gentle and it works great. Just as Andrea said, leave it on for five minutes, comb it out.

Andrea - posted on 01/31/2011

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Olive oil left on the head for 5 minutes and then using a fine toothed comb to comb out the scales...works like a charm!
As for the spoon, she may not be ready for solids yet. Wait a week and then try again.

Charlie - posted on 01/31/2011

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It took us a few washes to get it all out with the brush, good Luck Alecia :)

Alicia - posted on 01/31/2011

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we've been doing the baby oil massaged in and used a baby brush instead of comb, then bathed her and washed the baby oil out of her hair. I'm so afraid to use the comb on her head scared that it may hurt her.

Charlie - posted on 01/31/2011

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Selsun blue has LOADS of chemicals my boys both got cradel cap pretty bad and all we used was a soft baby brush and some olive oil and gently brushed it off using the oil .

As for spoon feeding it sounds very much like your baby is not ready for eating and that is totally normal at 5 months .

Stifler's - posted on 01/31/2011

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Maybe she just isn't ready for spoon feeding yet. I used to brush my sons cradle cap under the water like brush all the scales out then just shampoo it and dry it as normal.

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Alicia I have never used the baby oil because I read that the oil can make it worse if you don't wash the oil out right after and thoroughly. Cradle cap is formed by the oils excreted from the baby's scalp. The baby oil is only supposed to be used to soften the scales. What worked for me on the kids was to comb with a fine tooth baby comb to really loosen up the scale and then to the bath and shampoo them with Johnson's baby shampoo. I did this with every bath and it cleared it up. I personally wouldn't use strong adult shampoos on an infant. Now for you adult scalp issues I have had good luck with head and shoulders 2in1 shampoo and conditioner. It has the same ingredients as some neutrogena shampoos and costs a fraction of the price.

As for the spoon feeding. I have twins that are almost 14 months. I fed them a little earlier than you. my son took to it like he had been eating right along and my daughter was like your's. I just kept offering it to her and eventually she caught on. So just keep tring and eventually she will get used to the texture. And make sure the cereal is real watery. When I would make it a little too thick she would gag. Best of luck to you.:)

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