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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Cheshmak - posted on 06/15/2010

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This is what our pediatrician said to do and it worked. After a bath, put some baby oil on effected area and rub gently. Then wait a few minutes and take a baby comb (not brush) and run it through the hair (if he has any hair, if not just on the effected area) and it just takes it all off. don't use a towel to rub it off!! don't use your finger nails to take it off ... this all can irritate the skin.

good luck!

Barbara - posted on 06/15/2010

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You smother the scalp with baby oil and brush the scalp gently with a baby hairbrush. Then shampoo the oil out. Repeat as needed before a regular shampoo. This always worked for me. Barb Harvey

Patience - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used a liquid Omega 3 fish oil right on the scalp. I also give it to my son orally. Make sure it is pharmaceutical grade, as the generic kinds are full of toxins and won't be beneficial to your son if taken orally.

Julia - posted on 06/15/2010

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Olive oil works like a dream - I'd put it on after bath dry him off and dress him and then come back and gently comb his hair. The scales came off within a few treatments.

Irene - posted on 06/15/2010

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Jajoba oil is the best for cradle cap, I used it for my 1st and 3rd child and it worked great. Best Wishes.

Pam - posted on 06/15/2010

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Take that little hard brush that they give you in the hospital or get another one. Wash his head every day, scrubbing it pretty hard. Don't make it bleed but be a little aggressive. Do it every day from the time they are born. Especially in hot climates where they sweat. Even if you only weash their head and nothing else. Just do it.

Kimberly - posted on 06/15/2010

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Selsun Blue and a soft toothbrush works the best. I can't even imagine putting oil on my baby's head and leaving it on yuck!!

Dana - posted on 06/15/2010

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If u can get selsun blue, use a drop when u wash his hair and gently brush the flakes out of his head as you wash. My daughter had it bad bcuz she has alot of hair and it helped. if u don't feel comfortable with the selsum blue then u can use the regular baby shampoo but gently brush his hair as you wash it.

Lina - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used warm olive oil. But honestly, she kept getting it and eventually it went away on its own. I know its unsightly but they grow out of it. So ppl have said wash their hair often, and others day not to. Try different things but eventually it will go away

Kayla - posted on 06/15/2010

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my doctor told me to use a fine tooth comb and work with it, then apply baby oil afterwards and that worked for me. i always did it after her baths so it was easier to work with

Joy - posted on 06/15/2010

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Baby oil:) Put baby oil on his head, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then comb his hair. It's an oily mess, but it does work. If you don't like that, right after you wash his hair take a fine tooth comb and comb all the hair backwards (from his forhead back to his neck. It just flakes off. It will take several times but it comes off in clumps after every wash. Hope this helps!!

Tonya - posted on 06/15/2010

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Is your child breastfed or on formula? If breastfed, you can consider cutting dairy out of your diet (completely--you will have to google this to make sure you are eliminating it everywhere) or if formula fed, switching him to a hypo allergenic or dairy-free formula (soy or goats milk formula). I have worked with newborns and their moms for the last 17 years and I have found that cradle cap, especially when combined with eczema, is often an indicator of a dairy-protein intolerance (it is much more common than people realize) and sometimes even a dairy allergy. So consider trying that, but you would need to do it for at least 2 weeks to see for sure if it will work and then stick with it if it does, and if you are breastfeeding, then you need to supplement calcium elsewhere in your diet (making sure the supplement is dairy-free, of course) and if formula feeding, should consult with your ped (who may think I am nuts, but I have seen it work over and over again, including with my own children).

Good luck!

Tonya

Tina - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used dandruff shampoo on my first child who had a bad case. Washed 1-2 times a week with a soft bristle brush and that cleared her's up.

Kim - posted on 06/15/2010

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work the area with a very soft baby toothbrush using light pressure and dandruff shampoo. The baby's scalp is not as delicate as you think. If the build up is very thick, you may want to do this in mulitple sessions. Try to address it regularly before it has a chance to build. If the baby gets a crusty build up in the brow area as well, a moist washcloth using circular motions will lift it. It's only a secretion. The aquafor and oil help to soften the crust if you want to do that before trying to lift it will speed things up (add a warm moist cloth too and it will soften even more) .

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Penny,

Do NOT use the T-gel shampoo on yourself or your child. The active ingredient, coal tar, is a known carcinogen.
The product really isn't safe, especially on young children. The negative effects(cancer) far outweigh the benefits.

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My mother told me to use a paste of baking soda and water on it at bathtime and it does the trick, might have to use it a few times but that is the only thing I ever used and it is not harmful to the skin. hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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A one in 5 solution of Head and shoulders shampoo always works. Repeat nightly when necessary. After the bath (and shampoo) Rub some sorbolene over the scalp to counteract the slight redness. ALWAYS WORKS!

Kristy - posted on 06/15/2010

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cerevea, sold in cvs and walgreens. Its a lotion that cleared up my sons head in 2 days.

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son has that too. I usually get the Aveeno baby shampoo and lotion and give him a bath everyday. I go over his head with a baby brush getting rid of the scales. on his body just rub him down good with lotion or hydrocortizone.

Dana - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used flax seed oil. I pricked the capsule with a pin and squeezed a nickel size amount in the palm of my hand and rubbed it all over the area every night and then the next morning with a soft baby brush I would lightly brush the area. It cleared up in no time! The bonus is that it made their hair grow in faster!



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Kelly - posted on 06/15/2010

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Both of my children had cradle cap....my son had it REALLY bad....and this worked wonders. My pediatrician advised me to wash their heads with regular Selsun Blue and leave it for a couple of minutes. Rinse it really well and then follow with some regular yellow Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo. I hope this helps.

Tracy - posted on 06/15/2010

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My baby had it real bad and the pedatrician suggests always keep the scalp moist with oil and during his bath get use tear free shampoo and a brush to get it out and guess what it worked

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The cradle cap shampoo leaves your kids hair really oily. If you want natural ingredients try baking soda and baby shampoo mix. remember to do what Bonnie does as to use a brush....do not pick it out it will cause bleeding and it may come out in chunks. Good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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A friend of mine told me that her grandmother used a baking soda and water paste...so I tried it and it worked great! You apply the paste and let it sit on the spot for about 10 minutes and then comb out and run warm water over the spot. Some spots may need to be dryed and repeated. But it worked for me and I never had a problem with cradle cap again!

Debra - posted on 06/15/2010

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people have told me bi carb of soda made into a paste rub into scalp leave 4 as long as you can and rinse off

Amber - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son had Cradle Cap since he was born and we tried everything from baby oil to veggie oil!!! All the oils we tried seemed to help but the only thing that took care of all of it was the Cradle Cap babywash and shampoo!!! It is completly gone! I know the wash is a little expensive but it is well worth the money!!!!!

Vicki - posted on 06/15/2010

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My grandddaughter had cradle cap REALLY bad and in fact it went down her entire face, poor little thing. My daughter took her to the doc and then a dermatologist and he prescribed an antibiotic lotion. She had patches all over for a while but seems to be free of it now for about ayear - she's 2 1/2 now.

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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Have you tried baby lotion? This works really well, I told my cousin about it. Her son had cradle cap really bad and it got rid of it. . . in about 1 week. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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I'm experiencing the same problem with my now 6 month old. She has cradle cap on the middle of her scalp (right on the soft spot) and also on her calves. Let me know if you hear/find anything...any suggestions would help here.

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I used Dentinox Cradle Cap Treatment Shampoo & it worked a treat. It is a mild shampoo & you can continue using it after the cradle cap has cleared up.

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All three of mine had it moderately and all I did was give them their regular bath and after while their head was still damp, I combed their hair with a baby comb for about ten minutes or so each time. It didn't hurt the baby because it was all soft and it only took a few times before it was pretty much gone. Worked on all three and the best part was that we didn't have to use anything expensive or harmful to the baby! Good Luck!

Kimberly - posted on 06/15/2010

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The main thing that helped me with that problem was to make sure I was giving the baby a bath almost everyday, and using the brush the hospital gave me when he was born,I would gently brush his head from front to back and a little side to side while having some shampoo on his scalp. I would see some pieces of the cradle cap fall into his bath water. So, after I got him out of the bath, dry his head best as I could,then I would add just a little Topicort or Aquaphor to the tip of my finger , and rub it into his roots real gently all over. His hair did not look great for a few weeks, but that is all it took and two weeks there was no more cradle cap. I also skipped a day or so between baths to let his scalp breath a little, but I think its the gentle brush strokes that really helped peel away that cradle cap.Good Luck Mom!

Tara - posted on 06/15/2010

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With my son I bathed him with a little baby oil and used Aveeno baby products. Before his bath we would put a little oil on the head then use a baby brush to help get the scales off/loosened. We would only wash his hair about once a week. It went away in time. Same with the little patches that he had on his arms and legs. I just made sure to use the Aveeno on the patches. Never anything scented.

Colleen - posted on 06/15/2010

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Selsun Blue shampoo...My pediatrician recommended it...It worked great...Leave the shampoo on for 5 mins but before you rinse, comb the shampoo through..it helps get rids of flakes....use everyday for a week...

Dana - posted on 06/15/2010

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I have used lanolin (nipple cream) for cradle cap, diaper rash, prickly heat rash and such. It has worked very well for me. for cradle cap, you rub it into the hair let it sit and it loosens the cradle cap so you can comb most of it out and then wash the hair-it does tend to make hair oily but does go away. Good luck

Kelly - posted on 06/15/2010

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My doctor told us to use Head & Shoulders -- worked great for us. Just be careful of the eyes..

Cindy - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap. Our pediatrician told us to use regular Head & Shoulders...of course avoid getting it in his face. I used it one time and never had to use it again. I lathered it up, left it for maybe a minute and then carefully rinsed.

Sheana - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son now 2 had craddle cap really bad for about the first 7 months.Honestly we tried everything under the sun when my pharmasist recommended that we try canesten (yeast infection cream) and honestly after one application it was gone.

Leandré - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter had it so bad, nothing could take it away and we tried every lotion and potion. Eventually, I cut all her hair off and sat with a fine tooth comb and literally scrapped it off bit by bit. Afterwards i just treated her scalp with sweet oil until it eventually went away and never returned.

Rosemarie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Your Dr. is correct, I have 3 daughters, grown up now, but when they were infants I noticed a crust on my daughters head,so I went to my Dr. & he told me to saturte my daughters head & what little hair she had with Baby oil, let it set for a while , when you go to give her a bath,shampoo her head,& use a fine, toooth, fine comb for babies, & you will see all that gunk come off. trust me on this one.

Jaclynn - posted on 06/15/2010

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as nice as they smell don't use the baby products for a few days. put a small amount of olive oil on the scalp and rub it through then comb it through the cradle cap. it will come off.. sometimes the baby products help cause it.. I know it doesn't smell so nice but it will work.

Penny - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yes, Neutragena T-gel Shampoo... it is safe enough to use daily and you can buy store brandl. I know Walmart has a store brand. My doctor had me use it years ago when i had seborric dermatitus and my daughter had cradle cap so i tried it with her and it worked. Please excuse the spelling i have never been a good speller (i love spell check)

Karen - posted on 06/15/2010

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not sure where you are from i am from australia and i used paw paw ointment it is the best stuff i used it for everything nappy rash dry skin dry lips cradle cap and i burnt myself once and put it on and the sting went away and the next day it was as if i hadnt even burnt myself and recentlly used it on a bee sting you can use it for anything and the best thing of all is it is all natural

Kristie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Make sure it's not psoriasis. My oldest had cradle cap and later when she was 9 years old we discovered that she had psoriasis. It's worth checking into.

Justine - posted on 06/15/2010

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Olive oil or sorbelene cream, leave on overnight then after bathing rub quite vigorously with towel careful not to press to hard.

Kellie - posted on 06/15/2010

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try rubbing in butter or margarine, it helped my son when he was little. i used to put some on of a night and wash out in the morning, the longer it's left on the better. another thing i found helpful was sorbolene cream not quite as greasy as the butter

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