Any advice on getting rid of cradle cap? Besides baby oil?

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 205 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old has had a little problem with cradle cap since he was a few weeks old. My dr suggested baby oil and it seemed to help some. However, now it is getting worse and has even spread to a few patches other places on his body. I am trying Aquaphor right now and have not seen any results yet..Any suggestions?

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Bonnie - posted on 06/08/2010

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Have you tried the cradle cap babywash/shampoo?

For some people, the baby oil doesn't completely solve the cradle cap.

Are you rubbing in the baby oil, and letting it sit really oily on the cradle cap, then using a soft toothbrush to gently rub the scales free?

You can also use a towel to rub the scales to free them from your child. Then you wash all the oil off baby. The hair may fall out, but it grows back again. Sometimes you need to do this more than a few times to clear it up.

If this doesn't work, you will need to speak with the pediatrician again, maybe get a referral to a dermatologist, if your doctor cannot tell you what is wrong. Kids can also have exzema, that looks a little like cradle cap, but is treated differently.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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Wash your baby's hair more frequently, and use a soft brush to brush the scales away. Some people swear by using baby oil or mineral oil (most baby oil is just mineral oil with a baby scent added), but others say it can worsen the condition by increasing the oil even more on the scalp. If you've been shampooing your baby's hair without noticing any decrease in the flaking, try using oil. If you don't like the idea of mineral oil, use a natural product such as olive oil. Rub it on your baby's head, use a soft brush to brush the flakes out with it, and then finish up with a gentle shampoo. In this way, you're using the oil to loosen the oily flakes and then washing it away so it doesn't add to the build-up.

If you try the baby oil home remedy and the cradle cap still doesn't decrease, you can get a special medicated baby shampoo from your pediatrician. These shampoos contain salicylic acid (the main ingredient in aspirin) and another well-known dandruff cure, sulfur. But they can irritate the baby's skin and dry the scalp, so use them carefully after consulting with your doctor. For strong cases of cradle cap or unusual amounts of spreading, the doctor may prescribe a cream made of hydrocortisone to treat the redness and rash.

Jolyn - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yes it was Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care...light green bottle with Winnie the Pooh on the front. Only had to use it twice and it was done and over with. My son had it bad too, like I said his hair had stopped growing!! I just could not remember the name until the other mom posted it!! You got to try it and your worries will be over. Safe for the eyes as well!!

Christine - posted on 06/15/2010

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My grandaughter had it really bad when she came to live with us. I put baby lotion on her head after her bath and rubbed it in really good and left it there till morning then I gently used her soft baby brush and worked it out and finished with her baby comb. After 3 days/nights of doing this it was completely gone and she hasn't had it since. She is almost 2 now and has a full head of hair. (It also doesn't make their hair as oily and it smells good :) )

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Kari - posted on 06/15/2010

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My oldest son had it. His pediatrician said "Selsun Blue". I thought he was crazy! Worked like a dream.

Carol2hottie - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes, there is an adult dandruff product called resdan, you put a tiny bit on their dry scalp and rub it around and let it completely dry then comb it right off. For my 3 kids the cradle cap never came back after that.

all cradle cap is is dandruff.

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Try the hair/body wash from Original Sprout. www.originalsprout.com. All of their products are free of the "bad stuff" found in your typical product. I also love their leave in conditioner for me and the kids and I use the Natural Shampoo. If you don't want to go this route, Head and Shoulders works too. Good luck! :)

Connora - posted on 06/15/2010

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Use Mennon Baby lotion. It seems to have some menthol to soothe and lubricate the skin, I find it is also good for diaper rash,.And cover the head with a cap and clothing to cover the area. It may be caused by the shampoo/body wash and/or the detergent you are using.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter was actually in the hospital for awhile and while we were there the doctor ordered some selson blue shampoo for her and it worked well for the cradle cap. Never would have tried something like that otherwise!

Erin - posted on 06/15/2010

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I always used baby oil and Dove baby shampoo/body wash, it kept my three little ones clear. However, a friend of mine tried everything with her little girl and it kept getting worse and worse. She ended up seeing a dermatologist who gave her lotion for it and it cleared up fairly quickly. I would see your doctor if it doesn't clear up soon. Good luck!

Tonya - posted on 06/15/2010

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try olive oil..My son was realy scaly as a baby rubbed him down one time and it was all gone..

Timmi - posted on 06/15/2010

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I have a friend that is a naturopath, she gave me an oil concoction that she made and it worked great. I was also told Nizerol shampoo or mouth wash, but I don't know about using on a young baby. My email is timfit5@rogers.com if you would like my friends number.

Irene - posted on 06/15/2010

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Here's the advice that worked miracles: buy "Sebulex" shampoo (does not need to be specifically for a baby) at a drug store (comes in light green bottle with dark green cap), rub on the wet hair, leave for a minute or two and then take a credit card or any plastic card and go against the hair at an angle in a scraping motion. It comes off very nicely. Repeat once or twice, depending how severe the cradle cap is. My children and my friends' children had to undergo this wash only once. Please do not put any oily stuff, it only makes things worse!!! And don't be afraid that you might hurt your child by scraping the stuff from the scalp, it does not hurt and really works - I got this advice from a pediatric nurse with lots of experience while taking baby and mom classes with my first child, who is 6 now.

Heather - posted on 06/15/2010

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I tried EVERYTHING and nothing worked. My poor baby had little cuts all in his scalp from scratching, finally the doctor gave us a prescription, very expensive, but worth every penny!

Hayley - posted on 06/15/2010

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Dentinox cradle cap shampoo works a treat and its not very expensive to buy from the chemist or some where like boots. hope I have been helpful :D x

Janell - posted on 06/15/2010

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This advice was given me by my boy's allergist/pediatrician. He told me to use a shampoo that adults use for seborrea dandruff. It sounds harsh but my baby really responded and didn't have any problems or side effects. I used this only on his head very careful to keep out of his eyes. This particular son had the worst case of cradle cap I'd ever seen. Interestingly, when this baby was older, he had allergic dermatitis. I've wondered about the allergy relationship.

Deborah - posted on 06/15/2010

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Use a little dandruff shampoo and scrub with a soft brush when washing. We had a brush from the hospital that we used but something like a baby brush might work also. Worked for all our kids.

April - posted on 06/15/2010

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Cradle cap is caused by an overproduction of the oil glands that results in extra oil, so if you keep adding moisture and leaving on it, it won't go away. I put the baby oil directly on the cradle cap and let it sit for about 10 minutes to soften it and then I combed it from front to back until I got almost all of it off, followed by normal shampoo and wash in the tub. It looks very nasty as you comb it off, but it never came back. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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I had the same problem with my little one when she was that old and she also couldn't use baby oil because it made it worse. So my doctor suggested rubbing Aveeno Baby lotion on the head and the rest of the spots that it was on and to not use baby oil ever again and it worked like a charm. It took it away in about 3-7 days. Maybe that would work for you.

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Hi Sarah, it may not actually be cradle cap. My twin daugthers both have an ailment where they produce too much oil which puts almost a scab-like crust of sorts on their heads (I know, sounds gross but it's hidden by their hair!) My doctor recommended Neutrogen T Gel and it does help, in one of my twins it's almost gone; the other we are having a bit more trouble with it but it is greatly reduced from before. I hope this helps you! Sincerely, Kari

Jane - posted on 06/15/2010

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Mine had it when they were 2 months old. What you can do...first apply baby oil, then wash it with a mild baby shampoo, dry it, then brush it with a soft baby hair brush, you'll see the flakes coming off.
Good luck!!!

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Baby oil did the same thing for mine (got better then worse.) I tried extra virgin olive oil and it did the trick. I warmed it (just barely) and massaged it in. Then I combed the hair/scalp against the grain of hair growth. It scraped up some terrible gunk! I did this three nights in a row and the cradle cap never came back.

Kimberley - posted on 06/15/2010

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As a hairstylist, I knew cradle cap was the last thing I wanted my kids to have.....with both of them, as soon as I use a baby shampoo of any sort they get it within days.



I stick to Nioxin. It is specially formulated to get a healthy scalp. It is so gentle you can use it on a baby. We had a rep come talk to us about it. It is great for any kind of scalp conditions. The bottle says it's for hair loss but what it really does is gently clean the scalp and hair follicles so that the new hairs trying to come in are not blocked. Because it is so gentle it does take a couple of weeks to lift off all the dead skin cells. It is all about the scalp. I use 'Nioxin, Scalp Cleanser #3" on my boys. It says for chemically treated hair, the difference is there is more moisture in the #3 than the #1 for normal hair.

You have to get it in a salon, it is a little more expensive but only a drop is needed. I never use anything else to shampoo their hair now!





I just read some replies of Selson blue or dandruff shampoo......No No No. There's a reason they advertise to get rid of dandruff in one day!

That stuff is so harsh you can use it to strip wax off of your kitchen floor. Do you really want to put that on your childs head!?!

Also, NEVER use your nails to scrub....Bacteria under the nails!

Krista - posted on 06/15/2010

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my daughter had it really bad and my dr recommended selsen blue shampoo and that took care of it within a week and I use it like once or twice a week still just cause she has dry skin but I use kid shampo the rest of the time...

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you have to do it in the bathtub when the baby is all wet. put the oil on the places with the cradle cap, then after it's been on the wet skin for a good 5 minutes, use a baby wash cloth the gently scrub it off. It's not really scrubbing, it's more like little circles with the cloth. then use the shampoo to wash off the oil.

Cheryl - posted on 06/15/2010

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When my middle daughter had a bad case of cradle cap, her pediatrician prescribed Selsun shampoo for her. We had to rinse her hair, apply the shampoo, scrub it gently into her scalp with a soft bristle scrubber, leave it in for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it out while using the scrubber on her scalp again. This technique worked for my daughter; it only took a couple of times doing this. Also, my littlest started to get cradle cap and we used it on her as well and it was gone after just one washing.

Marie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Put a generous amount of baby oil on the affected area (enough to penetrate but not run in baby's eyes of course), let it soak in. You will be able to gently comb it away with a fine tooth comb. Combing after baby's bath will also help avoid build up.

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Some babies for whom cradle cap doesn't go away or gets worse may have allergy issues--dairy is the most common one. Some moms have found if they cut out dairy for the baby (mom cuts ALL dairy for 3 weeks if she's breastfeeding to see if it makes a difference & if it does make a difference keeps cutting dairy; switch baby to Alimentum, Progestimil (sp?) or Nutramigen if formula feeding) baby's cradle cap disappears.

Crystal - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used diluted dandruff shampoo on my daughter's cradle cap. Worked wonders on her. Just make sure not to get it into their eyes.

Rebecca - posted on 06/15/2010

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You can just put baby oil on the affected area, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, and then use a baby comb with very fine teeth to remove the cradle cap.

Tammy - posted on 06/15/2010

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Stop using the Johnsons Baby shampoo it has wax in it which causes cradle cap try Paul Mitchell kids it is a little pricey but it worked for my son

Laura - posted on 06/15/2010

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olive oil is better than baby oil...baby oil is a petroleum product and will only make it worse. Rub olive oil into the scalp and let sit over night (put a receiving blanket down for head). Then in the morning use a fine comb and gently loosen off the scales. If you are nursing, increasing your supply of EFAs by taking evening primrose oil or fish oils would be beneficial. Hope this helps!

Ashleigh - posted on 06/15/2010

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My pediatrician told me to use the baby oil and then comb his hair until I could get most of it off. Then wash the babies hair with Selsun Blue. (It is perfectly safe but can burn if it gets in their eyes so just be careful). She said if I did that it would never come back and she was right! IT has been months and I have told a couple of friends and it worked for them too.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/15/2010

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Try using selsom blue Shampoo and then put hydrocortizine cream on the head after the hair is dry, clears it up almost instantly

Ivy - posted on 06/15/2010

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Try olive oil. Apply olive oil all over the head at least an hour before bath then rinse it off during bath. Brush hair with baby hair brush to remove the dry skin after bath. You can also leave olive oil on baby's scalp overnight if you want.

Caitlin - posted on 06/15/2010

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You have to be consistent when using baby oil. My daughter (now 1) had it really bad. I rubbed it on her until it was gone. At least twice a day and ALWAYS after a bath.

Pam - posted on 06/15/2010

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I found Almond oil worked far better, hope this helps , you can buy a bottle at the chemist for around 10 dollars lasts ages, and you can use it in bath water just small amount or straight on the problem, also great for your face hair.

Joanne - posted on 06/15/2010

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You would have to check with your pediatrician as to your sons age but my 14 year old daughter developed it due to a reaction she is having to infusions she receives every two months for her Crohns disease. The medication she was put on is called Luxiq and it is amazing! She was originally put on Topomax and that didn't do anything so we tried this new medicine and it was literally gone within days!! Again, she is much older than your son but it might be worth asking about. On a side note, it is very expensive medication. Regular price is about $140 and our co-pay for this medicine is $45.00. Just so you're not surprised....

Anne - posted on 06/15/2010

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i tried olive oil for my grandson i left it on his head overnight and in the morning bathed and washed his head every single bit came off it is amazing

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My baby had cradle cap and I used Grapeseed Oil on her hair. Use a brush to brush it in the other direction. For other spots on the body, I use Penaten Diaper rash cream. They work for me. Hope they work for you too.

Alethea - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used olive oil and gently scrubbed the area with a baby comb and it went away. Gently scrub the area while the olive oil is on there.

Dianna - posted on 06/15/2010

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Hi Sarah. My little boy had terrible cradle cap from birth. I tried everything. I applied all kinds of lotions and creams, all with no luck. I even scrubbed his little head with a little baby scrub brush that was recommended by a friend. Nothing helped. And his scalp started smelling like soured milk. It was disgusting. Finally, one day, I took a comb and very gently combed as much of it out of his scalp as I could. I did this for a few days straight, and it went away never to return. It was so weird. If you choose my method, be very careful around the soft spot area. And certainly don't comb hard. Just wet the hair and comb gently but enough to remove the yucky stuff. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 06/15/2010

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I had to quit using baby shampoo and just started using regular bar soap, Like Ivory, and it took care of it!! Hope this helps with your little one.

Gina - posted on 06/15/2010

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I just looked and seen you have had 152 moms answer this question so i guess someone has already told you about baby oil. Good luck

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