any suggestions on how to get rid of cradle cap.

Kylie - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 228 moms have responded )

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4 month old with bad cradle cap, i have tried putting baby oil on her head but it always comes back.

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Lindsay - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son got cradle cap around 6 months and after I washed his scalp with Johnson's Baby Soap, I rubbed it with Eucerine cream. It made his hair a little greasy for a couple if days, but it cleared the cradle cap right up!

Tracy - posted on 08/31/2009

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this is what my dr. told me 25 yrs. ago get ivory soap and a soft tooth brush and wash wtih soap and use the brush softly on the cradle cap it work and never came back. like this was 25 yrs ago

Trudi - posted on 08/31/2009

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i used olive oil. rub it into their head and leave for few hours then lightly comb through before washing. might need to do it couple of times but has worked for all of my kids

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Maura - posted on 09/16/2009

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Cradle cap is harmless but a little unsightly. using oil and a baby brush will get it off but if it is mild just leave it alone. if your baby is on solid you might consider adding a little good veg oil to their diet but check with your doc or health nurse first.

Eliza - posted on 09/13/2009

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When my baby started getting cradle cap... I minimized the use of shampoo in his hair washings and sometimes didn't use any. I also, a couple times a week, would use pure lavender oil- just a drop or two, mixed with about a teaspoon of olive oil- and just massage his scalp. Then you can use a comb or a brush and gently help it off when you see that it's starting to peel away. I have heard that Dove LIQUID hand soap works well too, but I haven't tried it.

Lori - posted on 09/13/2009

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My son had this problem at about 1 month of age. A nurse practitioner suggested using Selsun Blue. It worked great, but of course you have to be really careful to avoid getting it into baby's eyes.

Susan - posted on 09/13/2009

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Try putting Vaseline on thick,I guess they still sell the little black comb with tiny teeth,it will remove the cradle cap we did this back years ago,worked for us.Let the vasiline on for awhile to soften it.

Leeanne - posted on 09/13/2009

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Just comb your baby's hair in the bath. Lay baby back in the bath and comb it while the hair is under the water. We used a lice comb because his hair was so fine but I am sure any comb will do. It will go eventually on it's own (after all you dont see many adults with cradle cap) but this is an oil free skin friendly method that worked for me - if you really just can't stand the look of it any longer that is.

Carey - posted on 09/11/2009

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I used Aveeno Baby Bath & Shampoo and my daughters cradle cap was gone within a few days.

Michelle - posted on 09/11/2009

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hi my 3 year old suffers frome cradle cap if u put baby oil on it every second day for about 3 hours before u bath the wee one i find it takes most of it of but some people get left with it but its worth a try even if u have done it my son,s isnt so bad and he is really blonde so u notice it but now he just has a small bit ket me no how u get on

Celisha - posted on 09/10/2009

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Cradle cap seems to be a common complaint for babies especially when they reach 3 months of age. My son had it pretty thick, which I gently took off with oil. It never came back at the same intensity, but it does show up in little spots here and there. I read that it can be due to an allergic reaction to what they are getting--either something the mother is eating that he is allergic to, or something in the formula. Supporting the digestive system mothers by cutting down on common allergens like dairy and wheat and increasing essential fatty acids like flax/fish oil.

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My pediatrician recommended Head & Shoulders for my son... cleared it up in a few bathings. Just be very careful it doesn't get in her eyes - it will burn just like it would in your eyes... not baby friendly like johnson & johnson's. If you have the sponge with the soft bristles on one side from the hospital, that helps lift up the cradle cap gently with the bathing and post-bathing. Hope this helps...

Leah - posted on 09/10/2009

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I used Petroleum lotion (not Petroleum jelly) from the dollar tree and believe it or not it worked. it worked with my son and my nephew. all i did was bathed him then rubbed in on his head. or put it on him before going anywhere. it smells good too.

Nicole - posted on 09/10/2009

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Honestly and I know this sounds crazy but a pediatrician told me to use Head and Shoulders. It actually worked. I mean you have to be careful about getting it in their eyes but it took it away.

Rita - posted on 09/10/2009

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buy regular vitamin E tablets, the soft gel type. punture the tablets and use the oil on his head at bed time. before you know it all clear.

Autumn - posted on 09/10/2009

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wash with baby shampoo everyday and get a baby comb and comb the babys hair as often as possible.. try doing it at least 6 times a day even if it is only for 5 minutes.. works in about a week and then you can go down to doing it once a day!! .. have used that with 4 different kids and never fails!

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My ped told us to use head and shoulders all in one be sure not to get it on your lil ones face.. but rub it in and then with a babybrush go over it. This worked wonders.

Susan - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son had a bad case of cradle cap. I bought the Gerber brand cradle cap removal product with the soft plastic brissle brush. Then on a day when I was not planning to go out; I would slather his head with the product and use the brush to gently massage it in for 15-20 minutes. Then I would leave it on for an hour. After that; I'd gently shampoo everything out. I did this every three days until it was gone and then weekly after that to prevent it from coming back. Luckily, by the time he was six or seven months old; he stoped getting it.

Harmony - posted on 09/10/2009

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my son had it bad until about 4 mos. i would massage olive oil in his scalp about once or twice/week. like someone else commented, their heads need to breathe! i would leave the oil on for about 30 minutes, wash out with a warm washcloth, then would brush out the cradle cap with a baby brush. use the brush that has soft bristles on one side and foam on the other. we got one from our pediatrician. nothing works better! good luck :)

Julia - posted on 09/10/2009

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This is the best advice, I use the soft fingernail cleaning brush that they give out in the newborn nursery. Place baby shampoo on the head and gently scrub with a soft brush, The toothbrush suggested will work fine if you use a soft one. Do this everyday, you will not have any cradle cap once you clear it up. Mom of 11, parented 100 over 15 years of foster care, never had a baby with cradle cap.

Caitelyn - posted on 09/10/2009

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Try changing her shampoo, and baby bath solution, my son had it really really badly, the MCHN told me to change that, and it worked wonders! it could just be that the solution/ shampoo is too strong for her skin... we also used a bamboo baby hair bruch to keep the air flow good. also, try to wash her hats with a less strong detergent, that could also aggravate it,

Samantha - posted on 09/10/2009

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my partner used a fine toothed comb on our baby while it was wet, also tred a new head lice comb because of how fine it is

Eniola - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

any suggestions on how to get rid of cradle cap.

4 month old with bad cradle cap, i have tried putting baby oil on her head but it always comes back.



My son had really bad cradle cap when he was little.  We were given this coal tar shampoo that smelt absolutely vile but it worked.  Is it olive oil you're using?  Olive oil is good als.  Whatever you do, don't peel it though as it seems to aggravate it.



 



If she's got any on her forehead, fucidin cream also works but u might have to get it from your GP.  Hope this helps.

Priscilla - posted on 09/09/2009

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When you are giving him a bath, take a soft tooth brusj and gently scrub his head, then when you guys are done bathing a little bit of baby oil should help!

Sophie - posted on 09/09/2009

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Try getting a soft comb brush and rub the scalp gently in circular motions while shampooing. That worked for me.

Heidi - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son had re occuring cradle cap for about eight months and after unfortunately catching nits from daycare i used this stuff '"Moov Head lice Solution'"by ego natural and for some reason it didn't get rid of his nits but his cradle cap completely disappeared the by the next day. There's no chemicals in it, it's just different oils. A little more expensive then olive oil but it really did work.

Heidi - posted on 09/09/2009

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oh and i also read that combing it off is one of the worst things you could do. Your suppose to gently massage to loosen the flakes and just continue to wash it over the next couple of days till they come out by themselves

Heidi - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son had re occuring cradle cap for about eight months and after unfortunately catching nits from daycare i used this stuff '"Moov Head lice Solution'"by ego natural and for some reason it didn't get rid of his nits but his cradle cap completely disappeared the by the next day. There's no chemicals in it, it's just different oils. A little more expensive then olive oil but it really did work.

Natasha - posted on 09/09/2009

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When my baby boy had it we were told by a perfessinal to put baby oil on it and lightly scratch it off .. it works but the whole scratching with the nail thing is gross so mayb use a soft tooth brush.. lol

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I don't know if anyone has said it but if you want something gentle and not have an oily head what I use is childrens conditioner than if it were to get in their eyes it doesn't burn. What I do is rub it on and comb my children's hair it works and then you don't have to scrub or worry about burning their eyes try it it works.

Skye - posted on 09/09/2009

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my daughter had quite bad cradle cap so when she was in the bath i put a face washer on her head to soften it up and then used a comb to lightly comb it out. it has come back a tiny bit but nothing like it was. i tried all the oils and stuff it doesnt work if anything it will make it worse as it holds in moisture!! and also try to not use as much baby wash when you are bathing her. (im not sure why but thats what i have been told...it works)

Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2009

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Baby oil sometimes irritates their heads...what i did was while they were bathing and their head was wet, i washed it then took a small brittled comb and lightly combed forward. I also heard cradle cap cream i think made from huggies worked. You do the same thing put it on their head then comb it out lightly!

Diana - posted on 09/09/2009

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After you use oil on it or any of the over the counter cradle cap treatments, gently comb out the flakes with a fine tooth comb. Then wash the hair with Sensitive Scalp Head and shoulders. I continued to use the Head and Shoulders with my son for all his washings about every other day or every 3rd day and the cradle cap didn't come back. Once summer came I switched back to regualr baby shampoo. Just be careful not to get Head and Shoulders in the baby's eyes. I always rinsed backwards with a wet washcloth. Good Luck

Melissa - posted on 09/08/2009

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My little guy had tons of hair but I'd see flakes come out when I brushed his hair. I also tried the baby oil method with no luck. I then tried not washing his hair as often, maybe every three days. I guess the natural oils in his hair helped loosen the stuff up and it would just brush away without brushing too hard.

Kristy - posted on 09/08/2009

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Sesom Blue, and it actually works. Massage just a few drops on the babys head during bath time and use a baby brush and brush the sesom blue in the scalp. Or you can use your fngers. Usually after about the 3rd wash, it will clear up and wont come back. It didnt with my children.

Ashley - posted on 09/07/2009

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I ALWAYS put baby oil or creamy baby oil in my kids hair every night after their bath! Rub it in really good and then use a fine toothed comb to comb out any loose cradle cap pieces....my kids NEVER had cradle cap once I started this daily regimine!

Catherine - posted on 09/07/2009

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regular brushing, brushing, brushing and brush the hair the opposite way also..it will help it flake off and you do this for a few times and once you get it all off, if you do this brushing both ways regularly it will not come back...I am talking brushing several times a day, both directions and it works

Joselyn - posted on 09/07/2009

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My son had it when he was a baby. My doctor told us to use head and shoulders. It cleared it up right away. A few shampoos of head and shoulders will get rid of it.

User - posted on 09/07/2009

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when my younger son got this i got one of those hand held nail brushes and some baby oil(for sensitive skin) diipped the nail brush in it and rubbed in a circular motion where the cradle cap is. dont do one spot for a long period of time but move all over and then wash out. you might have to repeat this a couple of times before it all comes out. i would rub for a bit then was and let his hair dry and wait a bit and do it again. it helps to if you comb it before you wash.

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If you are using Johnson's Baby Shampoo, stop, it makes cradle cap worse. The best thing to do is to put olive oil on the scalp, and gently comb the scalp. Shampoo the oil out, and then repeat. Wash your baby's hair every day to help excess build up of oils. Good Luck and I hope this helps.

Anne - posted on 09/07/2009

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if baby oil doesn't work try warm olive oil....leave it on overnight and then brush lightly next morning. Itshould lift off very easily.....good luck

Gwen - posted on 09/07/2009

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mustella has a cradle cap foam type shampoo that worked like a dream with both of my little girls.

Tracy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Believe it or not my peditrician told me to use a pea size of head & shoulders shampoo. It worked! I only had to do it several times. Using any oil based products just makes cradle cap worse.

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