Cradle cap?

Kelli - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 190 moms have responded )

36

11

4

My baby's head is really dry and feels scaly any advice?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Punzelina - posted on 01/10/2010

30

15

0

my boy had it too! I started oiling his head every day. scrape off the old skin gently then oil his head. Sometimes I used a tad of Vaseline too, that really worked well. then it gradually got smaller until it just disappeared. Hope this helps!

Cathy - posted on 01/10/2010

2

20

0

Hi,

Am a former hairdresser, and want you to know that the best thing for cradle cap is Head and Shoulders shampoo used two to three times a week.......before shampooing "rough up" the dry spots very gently and then shampoo twice....rinse really well ....and you should begin to see the cc get much better....when it is all gone, go back to regular shampoo except for once a week....use Head and Shoulders that time.

Tara - posted on 01/06/2010

15

12

1

OLIVE OIL! Works wonders...and non-toxic,so they can get it in their mouth or wherever.

This conversation has been closed to further comments

190 Comments

View replies by

Dottie - posted on 01/10/2010

4

18

0

I raised Five Children and baby oil always worked for me Put it on and leave long enough to

soak it loose, and then take a fine comb and it will come out after a few times doing this.

Honi - posted on 01/10/2010

4

45

0

Hi there, I found massaging olive oil in to the scalp, then combing the scalp, worked quite well

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

22

5

0

I always used a little dab of baby lotion as hair gel, and also got one of those little brushes (they look like finger nail scrubbers, but with really soft bristles), and when giving a my son a bath would gently brush his scalp and do the lotion after his bath and never got cradle scalp.

Darla - posted on 01/10/2010

2

2

0

If you will rub a small amount of baby oil on the affected area and leave it for a few hours, then shampoo as usual. This allows the area to soften and able you to remove the dry skin.

Alison - posted on 01/10/2010

2

10

0

my baby had very very bad cradle cap when he was 3 months old, it even extended to his forehead. i didnt want to use anything with chemicals and i was told it would go away naturally anyway. so every now and then i just put a bit of pure virgin olive oil so its not too dry, but apart from that, nothing, it went away by itself, the only inconvenience with cradle cap is that it doesnt look good, but no other ill affect. oh, dont pick it with your nails or anything, that can lead to broken skin, so skin will be prone to infection (i was told by the community nurse). take care.

Kailey - posted on 01/10/2010

2

0

0

Leave baby oil on for a few minutes before his/her bath. Wash his/her hair with Johnson baby shampoo being sure to get ALL of the oil out. Shampoo more than once if you have to, rinsing well. Then take a fine-toothed baby comb and pull it gently across baby's scalp. This should pull away the scales. This could take two or three treatments. Wait a day or so in between washings to keep from irritating it too much. It worked in 2 treatments with my firstborn and it never came back. Good luck. :)

Amy - posted on 01/10/2010

1

10

0

I have a cousin that is a pediatric nurse at the University of Iowa and she said to use baby oil and comb it in thouroughly. My daughter has it also and I have just been using a moisturizer...it has worked great along with the frequent combing.

Gail - posted on 01/10/2010

2

16

0

my son was bad with cradle cap i used baby oil and a fine tooth comb it disappeared and never had any bother again

Rena - posted on 01/10/2010

17

22

0

We used a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in shampoo and it cleared up our dd's cradle cap in about two washes, hth's :o)

In our daughter's case, nothing else worked. She was 10 months before we decided to use the tea tree oil and it worked almost immediately! Then her hair grew in extra thick and gorgeous!



Since then, she has given her ponytails to Locks of Love 5 times! Her hairdresser said her hair was "adult in nature" by the time she was five years old.

Molly - posted on 01/10/2010

10

7

1

My son had cradle cap real bad..... i used cradle cap care by "Gentle Naturals" you can get it at any grocery or walmart... and then used a toothbush in tub and scrubbed it... this worked for us. hope this helps. good luck.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/10/2010

1

0

0

I thought my daughter had cradle cap but it ended up being a type of dermatitis. If the baby oil and combing doesn't help, see your pedi for a rx cream that clears it right up!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/10/2010

2

17

0

What ever you do don't use baby lotion it just makes it worse! Baby oil works great or you cn use a little mayo, gently rub in a then shampo as usual.



Liz

Christina - posted on 01/10/2010

1

0

0

You can try rubbing baby oil a couple of times a day. One of mine had it so bad I took him to the doctor and it turned out to be something like a yeast infection and he needed a prescription.

Karen - posted on 01/10/2010

182

16

3

My 6 year old still gets it. Her Ped told me that it is dandruff / sebhorrhaic dermatitis. She also has problems with itchy skin. When she was a baby I used mineral oil and it was awful. It took several days for the grease to wash out of her hair and it was so embarrasing that I put her in a hat when we were out. The Ped told me to just use either Selsun Blue or Head and Shoulders to keep it under control and it's really working. Also, don't bathe very often - Ped told me once a week is really all that is needed because otherwise you dry their skin out which contributes to it and use a good moisturizer. You might have to take care of it for some time to come.

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

6

8

0

I reckon stay away from any shampoo's as they are a detergent, try bicarb soda.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2010

4

20

0

I would put lotion on my son's head after bath time for a couple days and when I washed his hair put baby shampoo on on of those soft baby brushes and gently scrub his head. That worked really well and cleared up quick and never saw it again!!

Allessandra - posted on 01/10/2010

3

20

0

Try rubbing a small amount of olive oil on his scalp where it is scalley, try this after bath time for awhile and it will go away.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2010

1

0

0

After the baby's bath put a dime size amount of baby oil in your palm. Rub together and put on the babys scalp and do not rinse off until the next bath. Do this until all the cradle cap is gone. It worked for all my kids and a few others.

Chrissie - posted on 01/10/2010

20

25

0

olive oil leave it on 4 20 mins then gently comb it out you'll have 2 do it a few times but it worked 4 my lil girl x

Natalie - posted on 01/10/2010

1

11

0

Hiya.....Dont pay for stuff from the chemist and try and avoid chemicals on your babies........best thing to do is just befor bath time massage olive oil from your pantry with a drop of lavender oil into the scalp leave for 15 min then use baby comb and remove......note alot of hair will come with it but it was never attatched anyway just held there by the dead skin........wash a couple of times with baby shampoo and wala......beautiful baby!

Doreen - posted on 01/10/2010

1

14

0

take a cotton ball and put seabreeze on it and rub it on the babys scalp that pick on the dead skin when it dries that should help but lkeep doing it for a little while.

Cassandra - posted on 01/10/2010

12

12

1

Baby oil on your sons head! Works a treat, hair becomes a bit oily, but hey, eventually ALL of the cradle cap will disappear! Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 01/10/2010

10

13

0

I used to rub Cetaphil wash or baby oil into their scalp, let is sit for a while. Then just use a comb and it gets some of it off. Then bathe and comb again after the bath. The baby oil is harder to wash out and their hair may look a little greasier after. It usually took 2 baths to get rid of the baby oil in the hair completely.

[deleted account]

When washing the baby's hair, after the shampoo is in the hair, take a baby comb and comb through the hair in every direction. It only takes a minute, and if you do it every time, you will never have cradle cap again. To get rid of it initially, baby oil works.

Tessa - posted on 01/10/2010

7

20

0

Get dad or a friend to help and then just use a little Pert Plus. Seriously, you don't need those expensive cradle cap remedys. My dr even recommended Pert Plus and I used it for all 4 of my kids. You might need to do it a couple of times.

Heather - posted on 01/10/2010

1

4

0

Use baby oil, rub it in while bathing baby, let it sit for 3-5 minutes (it helps if you comb the hair after this) Then wash baby's hair w baby shampoo. May need to repeat a few times.

Natalie - posted on 01/10/2010

2

1

0

Hi, it sounds crazy but the local chemist told a friend of mine to use Thrush Cream and it worked a treat on her daughter.

Good luck

Natalie - posted on 01/10/2010

2

1

0

Hi, it sounds crazy but the local chemist told a friend of mine to use Thrush Cream and it worked a treat on her daughter.

Good luck

Hilary - posted on 01/10/2010

4

10

0

While in the bath, use baby soap and a soft baby brush in a circular motion to get rid of excess dry skin on the scalp. :-)

Patrica - posted on 01/10/2010

19

2

0

With our first child, our pediatrician said to use Head and Shoulders for the cradle cap, and Dove body wash. The Head and Shoulders worked within a few days (be sure it doesn't get in the baby's face, though) and doesn't require scraping the dry skin off, which really upset our son when we did try that method.. I asked why the Dove body wash, and he said it was the most moisturizing soap there was, and it would keep our child's skin from drying out better than any baby soap would. We've done that with each of our three children, and it's all I reccommend. Plus, the Head and Shoulders and Dove isn't any more expensive than baby shampoos and soaps, and we can all use it!

Brenda - posted on 01/10/2010

8

4

0

All you have to do . Is put baby oil on there heads. That makes it so u can remove the craddle crap the baby has now. After the morning bath.Put some baby oil on the babies head. Not to much. just cover it. And the babies head willbe just fine. it's not an illness or a disease. it's just dry skin.

Tina - posted on 01/10/2010

6

2

1

You could try all the moisturisers in the world, but I feel the best thing to do would be to rub vasoline all over the baby's head at night, then put a stocking cap on their head. During the day, if it is warm enough, you could do this as well, if not use moisteriser during the day and vasoline at night.

Angela - posted on 01/10/2010

15

1

0

Hi My son had bad craddle cap, I was told to make a paste of baking soda and water ,put it all over the hair let it dry and the wash of with water, then apply olive oil and use a soft baby brush going around in circles for a few minutes then wash with a gentle baby shampoo. It worked well and ment we could go out of the house without having to put a hat on him. Good luck

Amy - posted on 01/10/2010

1

20

0

i think i no how ya can get rid of the cradle cap it worked for my lil girl.all ya need is baby oil, massarge baby oil into ya babys head make sure ya put plenty on its best to do it thro the day then leave it on all nite and then in the mornin use a nit comb or if ya baby is too young then ya can just use ya nails dont worry it wont hert them as the oil will have loosend it all then just wash ya babys hair and if not all of it then most of it should have gone. let me no how ya get on xxx

Vicky - posted on 01/10/2010

2

9

0

baby oil or olive oil rubbed into the scalp let it soak in then get a baby brush and do circular movements on the babys head and it comes off easy

Arlene - posted on 01/10/2010

1

24

0

I used aqueous cream ... rub it on and leave for a little while and then use a baby comb to gently comb it out.

[deleted account]

Olive oil helped with cradle cap for my 2 sons, and not shampooing their hair everyday helps too. Good luck.



Regards Veronica

Mum to 2 boys under 5yrs old

Kerrianne - posted on 01/09/2010

1

0

0

After a bath I suggest light towel dry and put a little baby oil on your childs head and massage it in to the babies hair . I would then suggest a babies brush and lightly the next day brushing your babies hair it will eventually come off if you do this for awhile

Shannon - posted on 01/09/2010

2

2

0

They have cradle cap shampoo and the store. You put it in their hair and comb it to get the dry skin off and then wash it out.

BARBARA - posted on 01/09/2010

2

4

0

put baby oil on their head and brush with a "BABY HAIR BRUSH" DO NOT USE A REGULAR HAIR BRUSH !! A regular hair brush is too stif. A baby brush is much softer and will not hurt their head.

Charlene - posted on 01/09/2010

631

29

25

As long as it's not bothering baby, I would say leave it alone and just make sure that you aren't shampooing too often/hard or using a shampoo that could irritate it.

My daughter has it and aside from it being a little unsightly to me, it's not bothering her so I just let it be. I tried putting baby oil on once, but she started crying and clawing at her head so I put her in the bath and immediately washed it out. I don't know if it was irritating her scalp or if she just didn't like the feel of it (can't blame her if it's that, I cannot stand baby oil on my skin... blegh), but I wasn't going to torture her with anything else. It's slowly going away on it's own anyway.

Whitney - posted on 01/09/2010

1

0

0

My baby had really bad cradle cap. I found that if I put pure vitamin E oil on his head 15 minutes before a bath and then use baby shampoo and lightly scrub the baby's head it works great!!

Nicola - posted on 01/09/2010

30

1

5

a bit of baby oil after a bath and then wipe it off after the next bath and it will gently scrape off

Casi - posted on 01/09/2010

2

24

0

my girls are 12 and 13 but when they were babies i would use a drop of baby oil and a comb. worked pretty well:)

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms