what's the best way to get rid of cradle cap?
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Kate CP - posted on 06/22/2011
My babies never got cradle cap because I always washed their hair with a soft scrubby or a washcloth so there was some exfoliation. It's an accumulation of dead skin because it's not being scrubbed off. You don't have to scrub hard at all, but something more that your fingertips is better.
My MIL told me this one and it's always worked (though it is a bit messy). Pour a tiny bit of baby oil on the spot and gently rub it with a very soft bristled toothbrush (toddler tooth bruses are great). The oil loosens the flaky skin and the toothbrush just rubs it off. Your child's head will be a little red where you rub it, but it goes away quickly and doesn't hurt baby at all :)
Kylie - posted on 06/23/2011
Olive oil works too, just pour a little on the area and leave it soak for half a day then when you wash your child's hair it should come off the scalp easily with a facecloth or soft brush. Just dont pick at it or use a hard comb.
Sherri - posted on 06/22/2011
They actually sell a solution specifically designed for this. You use it every few months. One of my daycare kids had cradle cap till he was 6. Some kids are more prone to it and some will never get it. There is no rhyme or reason to it.
Elisabeth - posted on 06/22/2011
I used to just gently scratch my babies heads while I washed their hair. I even made it part of the 'This is the way we wash our hair' song, lol
My hairdresser at the time when I had my first child gave me the tip.
Of course it is just a gentle and slow scratch and it was just enough to loosen it and then it would rinse out with whatever I was washing them with.
My first baby had quite a bit before I started doing this so it all didn't come off/out the first time but it did happen over time and then I just contined with the soft scratch as he got older and it never came back.
When my last child was a baby I notice when she was getting a bit so I did the soft scratch thing and then it stopped it from getting built up.
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