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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Juanita - posted on 06/15/2010

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vitaman e or olive oil before bed massaged into baby's little head and a cotton cap.

Jo - posted on 06/15/2010

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cant really say any mre than has already been said, I used warm olive oil and a baby brush and made circular motions with the brush. I have to say I am a little concerned with the ladies that have 'scrubbed' their babies heads, some vigorously!!!! This really isn't needed!!!

Venette - posted on 06/15/2010

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An old staple in our house (and my parents, and my grandparents, and their parents) is camilla tea (otherwise known as camomile tea. Use about 2 to 3 cups boiling water DO NOT PUT ON BABY, IT NEEDS TO COOL ON THE COUNTER. Make the tea in a measuring cup and let it sit till it cools. Once it's room temperature you can wash the baby (not just the head) with the COOL tea. It won't cure it instantly, but after a few times it has always worked for us. (and it's cheap too)

Didn't mean to yell about the tea, but you would be surprised how many people wouldn't think of cooling it first. Crazy, I know.

Sounds like you have something that is working for you, so that's great!
Good luck.
(and lots of great ideas in this discussion too)

Haidy - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter had the same problem while she was 10 months,, I tried mustella cradle cap shampoo, it really helped

Lucia - posted on 06/15/2010

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I have had 8 children with cradle cap. Cradle cap is caused by too much oil on the scalp. I massaged baby oil into their scalp, then combed back and forth gently with a baby comb to break up the flakes. Then I gave them a bath using Baby wash and gently massaged their head while washing their hair. I did this everyday until it was gone. Some of my children only took a week to be rid of it. It really works! The only way to get rid of it is to keep the scalp as clean as possible. Doctors DO NOT know everything!

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Oh all you have to do is get bottle of baby oil and fine comb. What I did was load my daughter hair with oil. I put a baby cap on. Let sit over night. In more put more because some will be assorbed and just gentle comb out.

Jenna - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son had it pretty bad, we used the little tub of calendula cream from California Baby (you can find it at Target for sure, maybe walmart, not sure). It's a little pricey, but the tub lasted a really long time. And it made a huge difference. I'd wash his head with baby shampoo & a washcloth then softly rub his head with a towel and apply a little of the cream. It worked well for us! Good luck! :)

Diana - posted on 06/15/2010

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Both my daughters had it and I was told to mix head and shoulders shampoo with water and use that and it worked great.

Nicola - posted on 06/15/2010

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Put baby oil on his head leave it a thew mins then brush over it with a soft baby brush it should just come away then wash off the excess baby oil. Do this about once a day and apply cradle cap cream inbetween to moisturise the area.
Also you meantioned its spread to other parts of his head, cradle cap shouldn't do this are you sure on the other parts of the body its not ezcema? Ezcema feels like a dry patch of skin that has little bumps on it when you run your hands over it, it can also inflame with irretation and look like a rash.
If it could be ezcema try using only hyper allergictic products on your babies skin in these areas, a low irretant laundry powder to wash bubs clothes in and get some ezcema cream from you pharmacist (they will probably want to check its ezcema so bring bubs) apply this everytime it shows up also try not to dress him in anything made from wool. Our son has had ezcema from a new born these were what helped us also hes more likely to have it if you or his father are asthmatic, get ezcema/dermititis or have allergies.

Catherine - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter has really sensitive skin and suffered from cradle cap as a baby. Like you, I began to despair when I'd tried various treatments and it continued to spread.
The first thing that helped was advice to stop using products containing sulfates and mineral oil (baby oil!). Her skin began to improve immediately and is now clear and beautiful. I use Hamilton's Wash, Organic Instinct body wash and shampoo and Alpha Keri Oil (all available from the pharmacy) on her skin and only use hypo-allergenic laundry products.
A friend provided our cure for cradle cap: Simply mix bicarb soda and water to a smooth paste, then rub into the affected scalp area. Leave it to dry, then rinse out in the bath. I needed to repeat the treatment a few days later and, after that, there was no more cradle cap!
Good luck! :)

Dee - posted on 06/15/2010

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CETAPHIL!!!!!! I swear by it..... I have recommended to friends & they say it has worked on their babies too. The soap is sold at any major drugstore or your Dr. may have samples. Cetaphil works on cradle cap and/or exzema...my son has had both. Just use like regular baby shampoo - I will worn you though, it is not very sudsy...THIS IS NORMAL!!! Hope this helps.

Gayle - posted on 06/15/2010

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there is a paste called butt paste at walmart and I know it sounds weird because it is called butt paste but this stuff really works, just rub it in before bed and try again in the morning then wash his hair.

Christina - posted on 06/15/2010

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I used olive oil and then I took a baby comb (well my mother did) and combed it out....she eventually just picked it out. It's really gross but it has to be done. Do not keep the olive oil on their head all day.....put it on, remove the cradle cap and wash their hair. The nurse at my pediatricians office also recommended head and shoulders on a tooth brush and to lightly scrub the area but to be careful of it getting in their eyes....but the oil worked wuth my daughter....

Kirsten - posted on 06/15/2010

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hi sarah... i would personally suggest u try emulsifying ointment ( if someone else hasnt already).

the stuff is amazing. it's safe and wont cause allergies. in fact ppl with allergies use this to help them. it's highly moisturising. much better than oil. hope it helps :)

and it can even be used instead of soap :)

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My little girl had a touch of cradle cap around the three month age and we tried the oil, and a couple other tricks but what I found made the biggest difference was the body shop baby shampoo. As soon as I started using that, within two days she was all cleared up! And it hasn't come back since.

Carolyn - posted on 06/15/2010

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Selsun Blue... my granddaughter had it bad right after birth and the DR. said to use it and it worked. They tried all of the other things mentioned here. This was just last year.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap, I tried everything. I was using a product on my own hair called CHI Silk Infusion. If you haven't heard of it, it's a serum type product to help with thermal styling. Strange? Yes. But it worked!! It's got a silky texture, almost like baby oil. I massaged it in after every bath, then used the baby fine tooth comb. Within just a few days, it was gone completely and has never returned. And not only was her hair shiny and pretty, it smelled good too. Go to your nearest salon and ask them for it, it's usually about $6 for a small bottle. Good Luck!

Melissa - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son had it bad too. He has really blonde hair & it would show right through. When my son got a little older & his soft spots weren't so vulnerable I bought a special Cradle Cap comb kit that has helped a lot. It came with a terry cloth type glove & a handled, tight toothed comb with a rubber, bristled side for loosening the dead skin. I think I bought it at a Super Kmart(pretty sure) but it could've been Meijer. I let the shampoo soak in a bit to help loosen it, rinse, then lightly comb at it & it sloughs right off. Baby oil is supposed to work well for that too. My son's pediatrician said regular dandruff shampoo would work but you'd have to be extra careful not to let it get near the eyes. I didn't want to take any chances that way but it might help. It's built up dead skin cells that are accumulating & while it is not painful for you to pick it off as long as no good skin is coming off with it. I also would work at it in small doses so I wouldn't irritate his scalp too bad. I had problems overcoming cradle cap not knowing or feeling comfortable dealing with it, but I found that worked best for me. Good luck

Saira - posted on 06/14/2010

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My son was born with it thick...we used one of those nail brushes. The ones with the tough close together brissels. When he took a bath after we washed his head we used that gently then dried him off put baby oil then did it again. Once at night once in the morning. It was gone in 2 days..and it went from his eyebrows back to his neck.

Lina - posted on 06/14/2010

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Hi Sarah,
When my boys were younger, they suffered from cradle cap terribley. I used olive oil instead of baby oil as its thicker so therefore more greasy which helps soften the craddle cap and also moisturise the skin. It can also be applied to the body, but does need a good wash to get off. You should see a big difference within a month. Hope it works for you x

Lisa - posted on 06/14/2010

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Ok, this is kinda creepy... but my cat fixed my 3 months cradle crap :)
Baby was playing on the floor and i was in the kitchen. He was giggling so I peeked my head in to see what was so funny, and my 9 yr old cat was licking his head! At first it kinda freaked me out, but turns out she was just "cleaning" him... his craddle cap hasn't been back since, and it's been about 5 weeks now :)

Ali - posted on 06/14/2010

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my sons head was very bad with cradle cap, someone suggested vegetable oil but I used vaseline/petroleum jelly. I rubbed it in left it a couple of hours then combed it gently and within 4 hours it had all gone and he has never had it since x

Jody - posted on 06/14/2010

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hiya my little 1s had cradle cap i used baby oil on a soft towel and just rubed it on there head softly. worked realy well it all came off straight away.

Becky - posted on 06/14/2010

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My youngest son had really bad cradle cap and a friend of mine gave me this salve called "Cradle Me." It's an organic salve, smells like eucalyptus, that you rub into the head and then let sit for a few hours. It softens up the scales and you can comb them right out. His cradle cap was cleared up in a few days. I recommend it to everyone now!
It's made by a Canadian company, but you can order it online.
http://www.dimpleskinsnaturals.com/cradl...

Joanie - posted on 06/14/2010

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I am a student Nurse and I have learned the best remedy for Cradle Cap is Mineral Oil, apply it after giving your baby a bath and leave it on. Hope this helps.=)

Erika - posted on 06/14/2010

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My daughter never had cradle cap, but I heard that the best way to get rid of it is put some oil on it and then brush gently in circular motions. There are some shampoos for babies with cradle cap.

Cindy - posted on 06/14/2010

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try using AnD Ointment.... Not the creamy kind. after you apply it use a soft brush, like they give you when the baby was born to rub it in. It take a few days but it works. Good Luck

Nichole - posted on 06/14/2010

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When my 14 YO was a baby his Dr told me to use regular dandruff shampoo (she said pert plus but any kind is fine). So far, it has worked for me and everyone else I have told about it.

Use a soft baby brush to rub in the shampoo and massage the area, dip your brush in the water to rinse it gently then massage some more, and continue until all the shampoo is out. That's how the Dr told me to do it and it seems to work really well.

Good Luck!

Isvel - posted on 06/14/2010

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My first son had it really bad......it was yellow and thick. I started putting baby oil in his head and with a fine small comb, I would comb it off. Little by little it started just coming off in big pieces. It used to make my stomach turn.

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2010

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Sarah, the best thing I have found is generic Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 dandruff shampoo. I put it on a soft bristled toddler toothbrush, and scrubbed his head with it. And I use the same thing for my older one who has dandruff. Worked wonders!! Hopefully one of these things will work for you. :)

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My son's doctor recommended this and it worked like a charm!
1.) Rub baby oil on head. (You may want to leave it on for a few minutes.
2.) Wash hair with dandruff shampoo (Like selsun blue).

Easy peasy, and effective! As his cradle cap came back days later, I did it again. Did it maybe 3 times. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2010

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Thanks everyone! After only a few days using the cradle cap shampoo I can report a sweet, soft (non-cradle cap) head! Yay! Thanks for the suggestions

Tina - posted on 06/11/2010

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try paul mitchell baby dont cry shampoo. I used it when my son had cradle cap and i havent had a problem since it cleared up pretty fast. Im a stylist and ive recommended it to many moms and its worked for them

Rhonda - posted on 06/11/2010

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No more oily products. Just scrub the places really well, it will turn red but it will be okay. Then dry the area's with a towel. The scrubbing is the key, most Mom's are afraid to rub hard enough to remove it. Also make sure it's cradle cap and not eczema.

Erin - posted on 06/11/2010

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When my baby had it I got a little kit from Kmart for it. it came with a comb and a hand pocket that helped get it off quite a bit that was used during bath time. what it didnt it cleared up with age.

Lisa - posted on 06/11/2010

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My daughter was hospitalized for a year in the Egleston Children's Hospital when she was a baby so they recommended Selsun Blue Anti Dandruff Shampoo . Of course be careful not to get it into his eyes but it really works great . So this is all I used on my kids . I did not like using baby oil either .

Anne - posted on 06/11/2010

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My son had a fairly bad case of cradle cap, which was spreading onto his face and torso. My pediatrician told me to rub the baby oil in and then use anti-dandruff shampoo before bed, then use your nails or a toothbrush the next day to rub out all the flakes. It helped but you have to do it a few times before it is all gone. I used a qtip covered in baby oil to rub on the spots on his face, which helped. She also recommended I use a hydrocortisone cream on his face and body for no more than 3 days, which immediately got rid of the spots.

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Warm olive oil massaged into the scalp to soften the crusts. Then gently comb the scalp with a fine tooth comb. Then wash the hair as normal using a flannel to massage the scalp again. It worked with my son.

Alicia - posted on 06/08/2010

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I heard baby oil can make it worse because of the scent that they add. Maybe try olive oil?

Andrea - posted on 06/08/2010

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Olive oil for sure! We also use an organic tea tree oil baby shampoo. It also sounds like he may have eczema. An olive oil based lotion helps with that.

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The two things we found that worked was putting olive oil on for awhile before a bath or else baking soda mixed into a paste with water, leave it on for 15 minutes then comb the hair and wash. Good luck.

Helen - posted on 06/08/2010

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Hi, you said that it has spread to other places on his body, so that doesn't sound like cradle cap to me. It may be cradle cap on his head, but dry, scaly patches elsewhere could be a touch of ezcema. Is there any history of ezcema or allergies (hayfever or sun/skin allergies) in the family? Our daughter (now nearly 4 yo) had slight ezcema as an infant and we got Doublebase cream (contains liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate) from the doctors to use alongside Oilatum (an emollient to add to her bath water). This avoided the use of any steroid creams and cleared up the dry patches in about 2-3 weeks. We have watched out for any further dry patches and re-treated as these appear and she now has been free of any dry patches for about 6 months, so we're hoping she's grown out of the ezcema. So maybe check with your doctor about the other patches before you assume it's all cradle cap.
If it's cradle cap only, then there are no quick fixes that I know of. The best one is to apply olive oil and rub it into the scalp. You need to do this twice a day but only wash it off every 2-3 days (so it gets a bit sticky and greasy). This softens the scabby patches and you can then rub them off gently in the bath (rather than picking them off which seems to irritate the skin). But you have to perservere for at least a couple of weeks to see an improvement.
Good luck

Iridescent - posted on 06/08/2010

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My children tended to get it pretty bad as babies, in their hair, ears, faces... We tried so many things, but I finally found a good solution once we had our last. When it's really bad to get rid of it initially, olive oil in their hair with a cotton cap on for an hour or so before bathtime. Then in the bath, wash their hair with something like Head and Shoulders, not the baby shampoo. While lathering, use the baby brush to scrub their head in little circles, not your nails, not fingers. Don't scrape at it. Use the brush over any area that is suffering from it, just don't get it in the eyes. Rinse, finish the bath. Repeat the next night if necessary. And once the major breakout is gone, continue using the Head and Shoulders or other dandruff shampoo, and the brush to scrub little circles, as it prevents it from building up again.

Stephanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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i used dentinox - rubbed it in vigourously for about three days in a row and it was parctically gone.

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Our son had cradle cap when he was 4 months old - we tried olive oil which helped a little but did not clear it so we got Dentinox - cradle cap shampoo and Boots cradle cap cream which we used everyday for 2 weeks, this cleared his cradle cap up. We now use the shampoo twice a week to ensure the cradle cap stays away.

If he has dry patches elsewhere on his body they will not be cradle cap they could be psoriasis (I think thats how you spell it) or Eczma which you can get a cream for it from the doctor.

Jennifer - posted on 06/08/2010

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we used regular dandruff shampoo, and light exfoliation with a washcloth every night...after about a week it was pretty much completely cleared up. you definitely have to be very very careful not to get the shampoo in the eyes though.

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2010

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Yes, I have tried letting the oil sit all day and scrubbing it with a soft brush that the hospital gave me. But I have not tried the cradle cap shampoo. I didn't know there was such a thing. I'll be looking for it! Thanks.

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