Cradle cap

Markie - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My son is three months old and has cradle cap really bad. I have used the special shampoo but it won't go away! Any advice on how to get rid of it???

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Angela - posted on 06/15/2009

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Hi there,

Cradle cap is usually a build up of soap or baby wash, which is caused by not rinsing the baby wash off the head properly. Usually happens when you add the wash to the bath water, so you are actually rinsing your bubby's head with soapy water, therefore it is never really rinsed off properly. So after you have bathed your baby boy, get a small bucket or container of fresh water and rinse his head. Also you can gently rubb some cooking oil onto his scalp before bed and then the next morning wash it out with baby wash making sure you rinse it off properly and then gently brush it with a soft brush to remove the dry skin, you will probably have to do this a few times. I hope this helps. :-)

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Hello!

All of my 3 kids had it! Eveytime when they're in the tub pour a little "Baby oil" on their cradle cap spots & let it absorb a bit & gently take a "baby comb" & lightly scrape the head, Then shampoo oily reside out. It takes a couple of times, but it worked great!! I hope this helps! Keli

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2009

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I tried everything with my girls and I found that if you make a paste of baby oil and baking soda and then rubbed it onto their head and massaged it for a minute or two and then rinsed it off, almost all of the dead skin came off. It was like magic. I couldn't believe how well it worked. Then, I rubbed a bit of baby oil on their head every day and I have not had any more cradle cap.

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Hi there just wanted to help you on that my two sons had it but second son really bad. The shampoo isn't effective. I found if you just warm olive oil and put it on with cotton buds leave it for a while and gently remove it with the cotton bud it starts lifting with the olive oil. You have to get all the dry scaly stuff off otherwise it won't go. It is a slow process but it eventually works. Try and do a bit daily but be careful when you see the area starting to get red from poking at it stop and go at it again the next day. You will see big clumps coming off eventually from using the oil. If it gets caught in his hair just catch the strands of hair and gently comb the bits out. The scalp is very soft and so are the hair cuticles so just gentle persistence will pay off in the end. Hope this helps you it worked for me the nurse at my doctor's surgery told me to do it this way and I have to say it goes. There was another thing I used for my first son which was lavender gel by Avent especially for the cradle cap. Very thick just rub it on and I found that very good, hard to get now but depends on how bad your son has it you could try that first and see if that helps. Take care

Debra - posted on 06/13/2009

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yes its not fun . my son had it when he was a bab. i used plain old mineral oil . i would rub it on his little head ,then use a little binky comb(thats what i called it back 33 yrs. ago) then just comb through the hair or scalp where it is. (be gentle) but i had to do it for awhile, every day . But it works. I hope this helps.Grammy Deb!

Jade - posted on 06/12/2009

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The main thing is to keep the scalp moistened, brush his hair to loosen it a bit and rub olive oil on it. This is also very good for keeping their skin moist and its not harmful to them (just dont get it in his eyes). Just rub it on him after his bath.

Marne - posted on 06/12/2009

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I also used gel baby oil on my sons cradle cap and I used a really soft baby brush to gentle work it into his scalp and lift the flaky dead skin off. It took about 3 days to a week to completely clear but it never came back once it did.

Jennie - posted on 06/12/2009

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i used detinox and REALLY scrubbed it wit a toothbrush, it was gone within 2 weeks x

Jodi - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting Anna:

Any of you who had a baby with cradle cap shortly after birth, was ther anything during the birth taht could have limited the oxygen to the baby even a short period of time? I'm working on a theory that it could be a cause of cradel cap.



My son had cradle cap shortly after birth and there was no limit of oxygen at all. It was a healthy natural birth.

Sharon - posted on 06/12/2009

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I've heard that almond oil also works. You rub it on to the affected areas, let it sit for 5 - 10 min and then rub with warm wash cloth. Be sure to get all the oil off though as any oil left behind will contribute to the increase of craddle cap. My son had it and our pediatrician recommended a watered down solution of water and Head & Shoulders (50% solution). It worked really well for us. We did it for a few days and the cradle cap went away completely. I rubbed olive oil on his head first, let it sit for 10 min to soften the cradle cap, then applied the 50% solution of Head & Shoulders (I'm sure any adult dandruff shampoo will do) by rubbing in small circles with a washcloth dipped in the solution. Be sure to keep it out of the babies eyes. After the cradle cap was rubbed off, I rinsed with warm water. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 06/12/2009

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put a small amount of baby oil rub it in and let set for a few take the baby brush and work at rubbing it out gently do this for several nights it will work.

Anna - posted on 06/12/2009

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Any of you who had a baby with cradle cap shortly after birth, was ther anything during the birth taht could have limited the oxygen to the baby even a short period of time? I'm working on a theory that it could be a cause of cradel cap.

Alison - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi my daughter had cradle cap too during her first months. I tried the special shampoo's and creams too then a friend told me to apply baby oil with a cotton wool on the specific area after her daily bath and after a few days it came off and never came back.

Trudy - posted on 06/11/2009

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Put baby oil on a cotton ball and wipe over the cradle cap and let soak for maybe 20 minutes. Then give baby a bath and wash his hair with SELSEN BLUE shampoo, or other good dandruff shampoo, being careful for his eyes as this is adult shampoo. Scrub his head with a soft toothbrush, let the shampoo sit for a few minutes, then carefully rinse. Do this a couple times a week. My sons both had it BAD and our Dr recommended this and it clear up in less than two weeks!! This was after having it for two months and nothing else helping

Melissa - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi! My son had cradle cap so severe it went all the way down his forehead, to his eyelids, and down his cheek. We tried everything fsuch as baby oil, olive oil, and Triple Cream. We finally took him to the pediatrician and he prescribed a strong dose of hydrocortisone (2.5%). This cleared his skin up almost immediately, but it's been continuous for a few months, so we have to keep applying the cream. Now we use hydrocortisone 1%, which is available over the counter. It has worked wonders for our son, especially when nothing else worked. I highly recommend it!

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Try massaging Olive Oil into the scalp, and let it sit for a while then comb with a fine toothed comb. It seemed to work for my little guy and the nice thing is that you can repeat every couple of days.
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Hi, my son had the same problem as a infant, it was that bad he would scratch at his head. I read in a book to try Calendula cream. Gave it a go and it worked. I would bath him as usual and brush off any loose cradle cap, then rub in the cream. Didn't look the best, but cleared up the cradle cap. Give it a go, it's a natural product.

Gloria - posted on 06/11/2009

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Both my kids had it! The best thing is to rub olive oil on his scalp before bath time and leave it for awhile. Make sure you put enough to moisten everything. Just before the bath lightly brush his hair to loosen the flakes with a flea comb (you can find them in most drugstores). During his bath wash his hair with your special shampoo (the special shampoo I had was Soropon which was prescribed by my pediatrician, you cannot get it over the counter.) You must repeat these steps quite a few times before all is gone. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Markie:

Cradle cap

My son is three months old and has cradle cap really bad. I have used the special shampoo but it won't go away! Any advice on how to get rid of it???



Hello there - Sounds awful - With my first child, my Mother noticed that he had the beginnings of cradle cap and so she offered up her advice.  Basically, what Dr. Mom explained is that it is caused from not sluffing off dead skin (makes sense) ... so, she suggested that I scrub a little harder when I washed his little head and that after bath I rub a little baby oil onto his scalp (just a little) ... the little bit that he had was gone within days, so hopefully this might help.  For me, I was nervous about actually scrubbing a little on his head, but I gave it a gentle scrub using a little bit of my nails ... instead of my former extremely gentle rub.  Best of luck!   Again, my Mom is not an actual Doctor ... just has had three kids of her own and has probably seen and done it all.

Kim - posted on 06/11/2009

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Moisten area liberally with baby oil. let soften and comb gently until flakes are out. Wash hair with baby shampoo. Do daily. Make sure you keep baby's head from sweating and out of sun. 3 days on my son and poof gone.

Joanna - posted on 06/11/2009

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my son had cradle cap when i was using johnsons baby shampoo on him then i changed to an asda own brand called gentelle no more tears baby shampoo and he has not had it since ( asda is part of the walmart group so they might even sell this in the US but do not quote me on this as i am not sure)

Mendy - posted on 06/11/2009

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Sometimes if you don't wash the mineral oil off enough it can cause a type of rash. So be sure you wash the head well. Or I used tea tree oil from a health food store. A couple drops massaged into the head and all was better. Works the same as baby oil but I never had any of the side effects.

Coury - posted on 06/11/2009

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i am a hardresser and mother of two. all these mothers are correct. it needs to be moist it is dandruff just on a baby. head and shoulders works baby oil olive oil and a fine comb or brush. it will go away! good luck mama!!

Susan - posted on 06/11/2009

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The only thing that ever worked with my daughter's cradle cap was good old baby oil. I would put it on cotton and squeeze out the excess then just rub and rub....worked like a charm when all the expensive stuff didn't. Good luck sweetie!

Katrina - posted on 06/11/2009

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try selson blue. Just a pee size amount. Do it twice a week. My daughter had cradle cap really bad when she was first born and we tried everything finally the pedetrician said to use the selson blue. I had to use it 3 times and it was gone. Hope that helps

Rachel - posted on 06/11/2009

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When my little boy had it, I would give him a bath I would use soft baby johnson no tear soap and use a little soft baby brush on his head and even a little baby soft tooth brush worked for me too and do it really soft after a couple days it will come off..

Stacey - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi there! My first son had it and it was out of control. We used a dab of Selson Blue for a few times and it went away. I was never so happy. Just be sure to keep out of the eyes.

Denise - posted on 06/11/2009

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the best stuff out there is made buy MUSTELA just for cradle cap-no smell and in a day or 2 if you put it on a night when the baby goes to sleep it will clean it right up!

Denise - posted on 06/11/2009

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the best stuff out there is made buy MUSTELA just for cradle cap-no smell and in a day or 2 if you put it on a night when the baby goes to sleep it will clean it right up!

Susan - posted on 06/11/2009

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it will go away just use oil and a fine tooth comb or bush it just nature way of protecting is head

Jenny-Lynn - posted on 06/11/2009

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All you have to do is go to the dollar store get a baby brush (a very soft one) and Baby oil. Put a little baby oil on his head and then brush is out. It will take about a week of doing it but it will clear right up. My son had the same problem and that worked real well and was cheep.

Melanie - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Markie:

Cradle cap

My son is three months old and has cradle cap really bad. I have used the special shampoo but it won't go away! Any advice on how to get rid of it???



i use johnsons baby oil gel (the thick one) after each bath on my 6 month old girls head. and use n baby brush to brush the cradel cap of, i had n problem with mine aswell... but this worked for me in less than 3 day.... but keep on using the gel...

Tasha - posted on 06/10/2009

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MY NEPHEW HAD IT REAL BAD SOME ONE HAD TO TOLD ME TO USE NEOSPORIN AND BELIVE IT WENT AWAY......I HAD NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT BEFORE BUT IT DID

Corinne - posted on 06/10/2009

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the only thing that worked on my daughter was olive oil! rub it in, leave for 5-10 minutes and give her her normal bath! use a fine tooth comb to losen the flakes! after 2 or 3 times of doing this it went away!

Kati - posted on 06/10/2009

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my son had it very bad as well and i use the GEL baby oil.. i coated his head pretty well for a few days and it went right away! it was a big help.

Amy - posted on 06/10/2009

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Hey Markie, my daughter had it too. our pediatrician had us use Nizoral (i think that's the spelling) It's not a baby shampoo but it worked really good. i would lightly brush her hair to loosen what i could then use the shampoo (naturally u need to keep it out of their eyes b/c it burns) but within a few days use, it was good. i was also told to keep some lotion on her head. i didn't have to do this since the shampoo worked. i'd talk with ur dr. to find out if maybe it's something other than cradle cap. good luck!

Marilyn - posted on 06/10/2009

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Hi i work with mary kay i have moms on the satin hand extra emollient night cream for cradle cap very good for diaper rash to feedback was very good it works try it see my web site to place your order hope this helps www.marykay.ca/mwareham

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