Is olive oil the best thing for cradle cap?

Patricia - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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If not, what is the best thing for cradle cap?

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Samantha - posted on 09/14/2013

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Olive oil is best, baby oil is a mineral oil, and will actually dry the scalp more once it dries. Baby oil should not be used on a baby at all. Google baby oil, its actually scary!!!

Alison - posted on 03/12/2010

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My first daughter had a mild case of cradle cap, and my midwife suggested using Selson Blue shampoo, and it wiped it right out. just be careful not to get it in baby's eyes!

Violet - posted on 03/12/2010

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My boy had horrible cradle cap when he wuz an infant. I mixed dry oatmeal w/ breast milk and let it sit on his head while I bathed the rest of his body, then rinsed it out. Aveeno baby lotion while his head wuz still moist and it cleared up in a week. If you're not producing breast milk or that's just too weird for you, warm water works.

Veda - posted on 03/12/2010

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baking soda and water and make a creamy paste very thin....and rub into scalp and then wash with baby shampoo....it should help ....do it for days ....i use to do lil' old ladies hair and they would have build up like that on their scalp and that was just about all that I could use to break it loose.....good luck ...hope this helps....

Jolene - posted on 03/12/2010

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I read this on a mom blog and it really worked for me. The cradle cap was completely gone within three days. Now it comes back occasionally but not very bad at all, and I just repeat this process: I put some baby oil gel on his head (the gel is less messy) and let it soak in. Then when I bathe him, I use Dove liquid body soap to wash his hair and scrub off the dry skin using a toothbrush in circles. I like the smell of the soap, but you do need to be careful not to get it in the baby's eyes. Baby doesn't have cradle cap and has soft hair again.

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Michelle - posted on 10/13/2013

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My sister had to buzz cut her sons head at two. . It just made it easier to get at the crusts. Even the razor helped slough off some of the dead skin . Then she just oiled his head constantly. , he had deep thick layers of crusts . But shaving his head really helped loosen the crusts .

Michelle - posted on 10/13/2013

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My baby hAd it early on which was lucky because she was still bald. ! I slathered her head in olive oil . Once this scales were soften I slid a fine tooth comb under them and dislodged them from her head . Make sure the crusts have been really soaked , softness is key. . Then I just kept at it . When she was two she again got a huge cluster of crusts on her crown . This time used butter ! Once they were soften if used a comb to lift crust out of her hair. . I massaged oil in the next few nights and it's been gone a year .

Marli - posted on 03/12/2010

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Our doc recommended the Head and Shoulders too. He said to put some on a wash cloth and rinse it out then just rub their head with the wash cloth. This makes it super easy to not get it in their eyes. Good luck. Ours cleaned up in just a few days.

Jolene - posted on 03/12/2010

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The Calendula Cream was also a miracle worker on getting rid of baby acne and random baby rashes. It's a little expensive, but a little goes a long way and it really worked for my baby's skin.

Katie - posted on 03/12/2010

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My husband and I were told to try a dandruff shampoo (Selson Blue) and it was gone in three days. You need to do it every day. Put it on and rub it in with a soft brissle tooth brush.

Carly - posted on 03/12/2010

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i found nothing works, my little girl still has cradle cap and is 4, even everything that the doctor as given me doesnt work

Kristien - posted on 03/12/2010

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Baby oil works well also, it gets messy but you need to let it soak in before you wash the baby's hair.

Whitney - posted on 03/12/2010

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Disney sells a cradle cap lotion. It works fanastic!! It was the only thing to get rid of my little man's cradle cap.

Karen - posted on 03/12/2010

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Lash on loads of conditioner and leave it an hour or so. Then go through the hair with a fine come (like a nit comb) and it should come away easily. Did this with my 2 recently. Mush less messy and nicer smell than the oil! :)

Christine - posted on 03/12/2010

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baby oil works really good. Just scrub it into the dry spots just before you give your baby a bath and the dry skin will come off.

Kellie - posted on 03/12/2010

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olive oil or baby oil does the trick, leave it on overnight and then it will just flake out the next day.

Megan - posted on 03/12/2010

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To be honest breastmilk! Rub a little on babies head and it should clear up really fast.

User - posted on 03/12/2010

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Tried olive oil. Doesn't seem to soak in properly and just ran down my baby's face. Jojoba oil was much better. Works best if you massage it in while baby is breastfeeding or otherwise busy.

Catharine - posted on 03/11/2010

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I just used Baby oil and that worked fine for my baby. just rub it on after a bath and comb it out, it took about a week for it to clear up but it was completely gone and it smells very nice!

Cassandra - posted on 03/11/2010

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OLIVE OIL IS THE BEST!!! My son had it terribly. Use olive oil and soft bristle toothbrush (submersing the toothbrush, rubbing in circles) then lightly comb the loose flakes out of the hair. Cleared my sons in about 20 minutes and hasnt came back!!

Anne - posted on 03/11/2010

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I use California Baby Calendula Cream. It's a nice, light cream that you can rub on the scalp and leave it on until you shampoo their head next time.

Renee - posted on 03/11/2010

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No , Baby Oil is the best thing with a rat tail comb and gently rubbing the scout of u r baby head and wash the baby hair after your done and pat dry his or her head , do it 2 days out of a week if it severe if not just once a week and see how that goes .

Ondene - posted on 03/10/2010

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Hi there

I have studied aromatherapy and I find that tea tree oil helps almost anything. When my son had cradle cap I used to mix 2 crops into a hand full of shampoo. It takes it away.

Karen - posted on 03/09/2010

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Hi, I do theraputic massage and use tui natural massage wax, my daughter had really bad cradle cap and nappy rash so I thought I would try that. I rubbed it into her hair, left it for 10 minutes then put her in the bath rubbing her scalp 1st with a dry facecloth then wash it out. 90% dissappeared and the next treatment got the rest. Hardly got it back after that. Brilliant for nappy rash too.

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What worked for me was rubbing baby oil on my sons head and letting it set for half hour and then I gave him a bath and washed his hair and after he was out of the bath and his hair was dry I took a baby comb (not brush) and brushed his hair backwards and it took all of the scales off of his head. Hope this helps you.

Tabitha - posted on 03/09/2010

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Well my son was a year or two and still had that.I ask my Doc what to do and she said to use Head and Shoulders about once or twice a week and that worked for me.

Melanie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I liked olive oil better than baby oil, my son ended up getting a reaction to the baby oil. It doesn't actually get rid of the cradle cap, just the scales.

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At K-mart, I bought this kit for clearing the cradle cap. It worked very well! It is by "safety 1st". It is a glove and a comb. I was trying to do it on my own with oil and a regular brush but it didn't seem to work until I bought this kit. Good Luck!

Abbie - posted on 03/09/2010

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We used almond oil. I tried using shampoos and other things, but I was at my moms and she had that. So we lubed up our son real well, let it sit a few hours then combed and washed it; and it was gone. I think olive oil would work very well too though.

Iysha - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter had a bit of cradle cap when she was about 3 months old. I scrubbed her head real good in her bath and gently scraped the dry skin from her scalp with a baby comb then washed it with water again to make sure I got all the flakes. After that I made it a point to only wash her hair one or two times a week instead of every time I gave her a bath. Even now that she is 8 months old, I still don't wash her hair more than twice a week unless we are going somewhere where people are going to be handling her, I want her to smell like baby soap with other people. Lol. Not washing hair frequently helps to keep the natural oils in the hair and not have it all washed away frequently.

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i just used baby oil and let it sit on baby head and then I would brush it off until my baby would start fuzzing...but i tried to do it everyday day and during bath time i would shampoo baby hair and brush it.

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I washed my son's hair with diluted Head and Shoulder's shampoo (just be very careful of the eyes). Rub it on the scalp in a circular motion for at least a minute before rinsing. I did that 2 to 3 times a week.

Sharril - posted on 03/09/2010

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I just rubbed baby oil on my daughter's head a few times a day and brushed her hair before and after her bath. It took several weeks to completely clear up but as long as I kept on top of it she didn't scratch.

Andrea - posted on 03/09/2010

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Yes, olive oil is the best thing for cradle cap. My son had cradle cap and that's what the pediatrician recommended. I also found an olive oil baby cream for his body as he also has eczema. The oil should be left to soak into the scales for about 5 minutes to loosen them up and then comb the scales out with a fine tooth comb. Baby oil can clog the pores and most of them have parfum in them which can irritate the skin even more.

Alicia - posted on 03/09/2010

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olive oil is great! (be careful with almond oil and allergys) you can use it in the bath as an alternate to soap. when washing bubs head make sure your quite firm on the boney parts of the head (still be gentle over the fontenelles) the friction caused by firm scrubbing helps to remove the cradle cap also make sure you dry babies hair really well (using a firm action also) then apply olive oil after hair is completely dry. you may need to repeat this a few times before it works and even atfer it works some babys need it done every night. hope this helps!

Kristin - posted on 03/09/2010

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I just wash my son's hair at the beginning of his bath and leave the shampoo in his hair until the end. What the shampoo does is take out the scales. And for really bad days, I just give his head a massage with baby oil and wash his hair the next day the same way I described above. My hairdresser told me this and my son had really bad scales. This works for me. Good luck!

Stevie - posted on 03/09/2010

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idk about olive oil cant hurt i guess my dr told me when my son kinda had some it was mostly dry skin but he said to put baby oil on his head rub it in good and leave it set for awhile before bath and then take a soft brush and gently scrub it in circles and then wash until all the oil is out

Iridescent - posted on 03/09/2010

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A good way to maintain a clear scalp is to use the very soft bristled baby brushes and scrub their scalp during bathtime in circles. It helps get rid of it (along with the oil) and helps prevent it from coming back as well, and does not hurt.

Amity - posted on 03/09/2010

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baby oil with bi carbonate of soda mixed to a paste and put on the head. Leave to soak while in the bath or put it on their head overnight. The longer it's there the better it is. Then wash off and brush scalp. It worked for me. It may come back after a few months but each time you do it, it will come back less.

Jane - posted on 03/09/2010

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olive oil or almond oil is fine. just make sure you leave it on to soften the flakes well, before you start to comb (use a small tooth comb) it all out.

Marianna - posted on 03/09/2010

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That is what I read. I was going to try it tonight. They say to put it on her scalp and brush the flakes off then wash the hair. I'll let you know how it goes.

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