Cradle Cap

Jessi - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 99 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies-



My son has craddle cap and i've been using this shampoo, Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care, and it just doesn't seem to be doing it.



He has little scabs on his poor little head where i think he's been trying to scratch it. Just wondering if any of you have had this problem and have any advice?



Thanks!

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Renee - posted on 04/22/2009

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Olive oil works after a bath at night, yet I used Bepanthan Nappy Ointment as well...because it has almond oil in it it works wonders, yet it is sticky either one you choose.

Tara - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Lori:

Try plain baby oil. Leave in for 5 to 10 mins and comb it loose. Wash with shampoo. Old Fashion but worked on my children.


exactly right .....if you use a soft bristled tooth brush one with no fancy anything where all the bristles are one length...it will gently lift the cradle cap right off..,..dont be afraid to take a few days to do it .....the baby oil or u can use olive oil....will softenthe dead skin cells as to prvent them from scabing or be too hard to lift off.....and then make sure u wash ur baby after.....people are afraid to wash babies but some are very sweaty sleepers...and what happens is the sebacious glands on their scalps are overactive and the sebum from them is sticky and does not alow their skin to shed itself......some babies require more frequent washing with a extremely soft mild soap on thier heads as a preventative measure....I always catch flak for that comment (about the washing more often)but that is what causes it ..I specialize in scalp disorders..etc... just even a more frequent rub down with cloth and water will help prevent reoccurances

Tina - posted on 04/21/2009

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To help and avoid cradle cap make sure to dry the head completely and put baby oil on the head. I used to give baths to my baby 2x a day, 1 in the morning and 1 at night (just to give them something to do lol) but I would put the oil on at night and leave it in until the morning bath then I wouldn't put nothing in the morning.
Tina

Lori - posted on 04/21/2009

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Try plain baby oil. Leave in for 5 to 10 mins and comb it loose. Wash with shampoo. Old Fashion but worked on my children.

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Krista - posted on 04/26/2009

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I did every sugggestion andstill nothing worked. Finally the doctor prescribed hydrocortisone cream and it cleared up the really bad parts quickly.

Emma - posted on 04/26/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap which was quite thick and looked awful, my mum told me she used bicarbonate of soda when i was young so i tried it on my little one and it really worked. Mix bicarbonate of soda with water until a paste then put on head leave until it goes hard and wash off with shampoo.

Elly - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hi, my gurl has da same prob as well. I sometimes see dried white flakes on her hair... and she has a bad tendency to always scratch da sides of her head and sometimes pulling her hair at da same time... it worries me alot. I used to always wash her hair wif J&J baby shampoo. I thinks shes trying to scratch it and intead But so far its still like dat. Im thinking of shaving her hair so dat she doesnt pull her hair.

Lauren - posted on 04/25/2009

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use lanolin soap instead of shampoo, and then apply some sort of fragrance free lotion, I like Aveeno scent free

Linda- - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter who is now 13 had cradle cap the worst out of all my 4 kids, what I did was put baby oil on her cradle cap and let it sit for a couple hours then I would take the baby comb you get at the store and just comb out loose flakes but don't dig too hard or scalp will become worse. Then shampoo like you always do, it will go away in no time.

Krisanne - posted on 04/25/2009

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i had the same problem with my child the shampoo wouldnt work this is what they used to do way way back before the shampoo appeared in the market.

1. Get baby oil this is best to do it at night time massage his head softly all over put a towel on the bed or put him a sleep hat on

2. In the morning when he gets up get a comb and very gentle comb his hair and the scubs will come with the comb once you pass it through the hair believe me if works.

If not all of the cradle cup comes of repeat the same steps only twice a week tell me if this trick works with you.

Brandi - posted on 04/25/2009

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My mom rubbed extra virgin olive oil on my daughter's head. I found that combing her hair after bathing cleared up the "scabs" and then it didn't return.

Kim - posted on 04/25/2009

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a friend's son had it really, really bad and they couldn't get to it under his thick hair with creams or oils. As a last resort, they shaved his head and applied the oil and it really improved. It was a pretty desperate measure but it was the only thing that worked for them.

Theresa - posted on 04/25/2009

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use baby oil and comb it out.and when i would give my babies a bath i would dry them and put baby lotion on them i would rub a little on their heads and then just comb their hair and leave the lotion in the hair till the next bath and that really helped me to get rid of it.hope it works for you.

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2009

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the best thing i found was to put olive oil on my sons head. leave it over night and comb it ou tin the morning using a head lice comb. the teeth on it are so close together that the cradle cap just combs out with no hassle. do that for a few nights and i found that things were fine

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baby oil....Put it on at night just as he is ready to go to bed...soak it really well....then in the morning, comb it out...My son had the same problem...up until 10 months!!! Then finally someone told me to do this...hope it works for you too!

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When my babies were young the doctor told me to use their baby brush with shampoo on it and scrub their heads. Do it gently but firmly. We did this from day one and never had cradle cap. I'm not sure if it wroks when they already have it but I would start making that a part of bath time. It sure won't hurt them.

I would start with the baby oil as recommended here, but seriously consider using that baby brush for every baby.

The best to you and your baby.

Dawn - posted on 04/25/2009

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Our pediatrician recommended Selsam Blue (the dandruff shampoo for adults). Just be sure not to get in his eyes. It worked really well. It did not clear it up completely, but it most definitely helped. We used to lather it on our daughter's scalp, leave it for a couple of minutes (per doctor) and rinse using a wash cloth so the shampoo did not run in her eyes. Babies usually do grow out of cradle cap, so hopefully as your son gets older, it will slowly fade.

Angel - posted on 04/25/2009

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I used Aveena facial scrub that had little crystals in it. It was gentle and smelled great! Kind of expensive but I was using it for my face anyhow, and my skin is pretty sensitive too - so I figured why not try it on my baby? I did and I used it probably 3 times and each time it worked like a charm. Not too sure if Aveena has a special formula for cradle cap but I highly recommend the facial scrub for mommy's.

Fawn - posted on 04/25/2009

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I used calendula oil. Massaged in to her scalp at bathtime and comb through with a fine tooth comb. Rinse with plain water and then wash with shampoo at bathtime the next day. I did this maybe 2x per week for a few weeks and have not had to do it again.

Cris - posted on 04/25/2009

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I see that everyone is giving you the baby oil advice. It worked great for my son too. Also, change shampoos. Most baby shampoos are ph balanced so they don't burn the eyes but they can still be drying for the skin. Try Paul Mitchell Baby Don't Cry. It worked wonders for me!

Nancy - posted on 04/25/2009

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The best thing to do is use baby oil. Gently massage it into his head, then wait for about 20 minutes. Use a soft comb or scrap gently with your fingernails and it should come off.

Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009

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i tried baby oil on my daughter but it dried her scalp out and my midwife suggested that i use olive oil and massage her scalp after a few weeks it was all but cleared up but all kids are different and what might of worked with one might not work with the other hope this helps

Carly - posted on 04/25/2009

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I also have this problem with my bub and we also used baby oil which we found didn't work.

Lucy - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter suffered really bad with cradle cap,the best thing i fould was olive oil and use soft baby brush .my daughter never got it again.

Rosie - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have heard you use baby oil on the scalp for about 5minutes before you give your child a bath and i have known it to work on my son, you should see if that works...

Gina - posted on 04/24/2009

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hi use 1 Tbsp vasiline ans 1/2tsp bi carb mix together and apply to the head at night then was out in the morning it works fantastic if doesnt all come out at first try a.gain the next night. good luck

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this sounds strange but it works so well. make a paste out of bi-carb soda and water (thick) and rub into babies head where affected, once in the bath use vinigar (it will fizz away), then wash hair as normal. I didnt believe this till i tried it and it gets rid of the thickest stuff. its also cheap and natural!!

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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u can use vegetable cooking oil i know gross right but it works promise but it on there place a warm rag on top for a bit and gently get it off i use my nail bc i can feel that i am not hurting my baby but you can use a comb to good luck!

Teri - posted on 04/24/2009

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My mom on a daily basis put baby oil and used a cradle cap comb. She never had a problem with cradle cap because of this.

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The BEST most AMAZING stuff I ever found (and I have 3 kids that all had it) is the Mustela foaming shampoo. It is about $11 a bottle.... and if you buy it from Nordstrom you can return it if it doesn't work. (Although from my experience it was the ONLY thing that worked.)

Kelly - posted on 04/24/2009

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My dfaughter had cradle cap realyy badly her scalp was all scaley so i just used plain old cooking oil on her head every night after a bath for about 5 nights and did'nt wash her hair until the sixth night and it has never come back again....

Sharon - posted on 04/24/2009

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Rub olive oil on hair and leave over night to soak, make sure you put a old towel over the pillow. In the morning rub gently then wash as normal and comb. Do this as often as you can till cradle cap has gone.

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2009

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I rubbed baby oil on my baby's scalp and then used a comb to lift scales away. Then I would bathe her and use Head and Shoulders "sensitive" formula. That worked for me right away and my daughter had pretty baby cradle cap. Just be careful to hold a rag over your baby's eyes when you rinse since you are not using baby formulated shampoo.

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When my daughter had that i took baby oil, rubbed on her head after a bath, gave it a few minutes to soak in, then took a fine toothed comb to her head and it would clear it up

Sharon Louise - posted on 04/24/2009

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i found vacsaline helped, just rub on effected area once in the morning and once in evening, helped with my 2......

Jayme - posted on 04/24/2009

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hes actually 3 months today....hes got baby oil on his head now..(soaking it) :o) i will bath him tongiht to see if that helps. Thanks for all the advice ladies! Glad all you moms are out there to help with the first-timers....

Maribel - posted on 04/24/2009

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My mom always told me to comb baby's hair every time you shampoo it while shampoo is lathered in..once it's gone continue doing it every time so it can prevent it.

Tabitha - posted on 04/24/2009

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I tried baby oil with absolutely no result so we talked to our pediatrician and got a prescription for something (I'm sorry I don't remember what it was called). We used it once and the cradle cap was gone instantly with no side effects at all. It wasn't tear free so we did have to be very careful, but it was such a relief to get rid of it once and for all.

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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I also tried using baby oil on my daughter (she had it pretty bad) and then rubbing with a soft bristled brush but as it flaked off her hair went with it. I found a great product by Mustela. Its the Mustela Stelaker Cradle Cap Treatment. Its a little pricey at $12-13 for a small tube but it works wonders. Good luck.

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My daughters all had it...I used Neutragena T-gel. It was gone in a week! I'm not sure how old your baby is and I can't be certain how old my girls were when I used it on them...probably pretty young-might check with pharmacist or dr. to see if there is a min. age on it. But like I said... it did work very fast ... and I use it too in the winter when my head gets dry and itchy.

Jayme - posted on 04/23/2009

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i do pick at it, i have the best view while hes nursing, and i just cant help myself!

Danette - posted on 04/23/2009

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it sounds gross, but put some baby oil on it and just pick at it every time you are feeding him. It is the only way I found to get those scabs off. Put a little lotion on it after you pick it, it really works.

Jayme - posted on 04/23/2009

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ive been using olive oil, but it keeps coming back, i know its bugging me more than its bugging him...i will try baby oil next....ive nicknamed it cradle-crap! :o) when does it go away for good?

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my son had cradle cap, the best thing was to put warm baby oil on his little head then put a cap on so that it stays moist and then comb it the opposite way of his hair line takes the dead skin right off, you can also use olive oil. Hope this helps.

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canesten cream for yeast infections worked on mine when he had it. sounds weird but works pretty fast.

Rochelle - posted on 04/23/2009

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When bathing, use a very soft tooth brush and use some baby oil. You can even leave the baby oil in. I did that for a few days and it helped. Keeping it moist.

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