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Charlene - posted on 01/09/2010
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.
Alison - posted on 01/09/2010
My son has had cradle cap twice. I used gentle naturals. It is for cradle cap. You can find it at walmart and walgreens. It is in a green bottle with winnie the pooh on it. Just put it on in his bath let it sit for a minute brush it with a baby brush then shampoo and rinse. It cleared up both times in a couple days. His stemed from allergies both times.
Jenn - posted on 01/09/2010
I also endorse the baby oil & baby brush (or supersoft toothbrush) application method. Even when we weren't battling "cradle-crap", we would sometimes use the baby brush to lightly scrub (w/ the pressure of a gentle brushing) during shampooing or rinsing.
Mostly, when we used the baby oil, it was an after-bath 'conditioning treatment' approach - and a very small amount seemed to do the trick. Then, after getting the kiddos dressed for bed (bathtime was right before bed in our home), we would gently comb the hair into place with a baby comb. (For extra gentleness, we would treat it like longer hair --- comb ends first, then progressively closer to roots.) In the process, quite a few of the yucky flakes would 'give up'!
With the minute amount of oil used, there was never any need for concern about washing it out. And, the oil had even more time for soaking in, and working even more magic! Good luck. Hope this helps!
Angela - posted on 01/09/2010
My son had cradle cap really bad as an infant. I used johnson's baby oil on his scalp at bedtime and then washed his hair each morning. The oil loosened the scally patches overnight and allowed it to be gently washed away in the mornings. It took a couple of months for the condition to completely clear and it was inexpensive.
Marguerite - posted on 01/09/2010
My mom in law suggested i make a paste of water and bircarbonate of soda - thought she was crazy and was rather nervous to apply it as it was rather rough, but one application (rinsed off in the bath) cleared the cradle cap completely. I had tried combing with oil etc. and nothing else worked for me. Good luck!
My son's was the same up until the time he was 5 months old. Everyone kept saying that it was cradle cap, but I had a feeling it wasn't that simple. Gentle exfoliating with a baby wash cloth didn't help, moisturizing with every lotion and oil didn't help, and it was getting worse it seemed. We even tried changing his formula, thinking it was an allergy. So I got a referral to a skin specialist and as soon as we walked him she said, "Oh, yeah. That's 'atopic eczema.'" After the diagnosis, we got a prescription for special hydrocortisone and use only Baby Aveeno lotion for Eczema. It cleared up in 3 days. If we had only taken him to a specialist earlier, I could have saved all my worrying.
My daughter's scalp also seemed scaly when she was a baby, but when it was a bit yellow in appearance. When I asked the doctor, she said that it was not cradle cap, but it was an over production of yeast. Nystatin and hydrocortisone cleared that up too. And I had tried everything that has been suggested below.
My advice: seek out professional advice and/or diagnosis before wasting your time and money on home remedies.
Vicky - posted on 01/09/2010
olive oil and brush in circular movements with a soft baby brush. i do it before i put her to bed then it just scrapes of in the morning. Hair does look abit greasy though if we are going out as only wash it max twice a week to stop her scalp getting to dry.
Sarah - posted on 01/09/2010
Olive oil, (that you can cook with) left on overnight. Then with a baby toothbrush loosen and wipe away any flaky bits. Whatever you do do not scrape it off with your nail, it might not be ready to come off and you could leave a scar.
Jennifer - posted on 01/08/2010
My first son had it bad, I used to oil his head with apricot oil but any oil would work and then wait a while, this softens up the scaily stuff then comb it off and wash with baby shampoo. You will then need to wash your babies hair with shampoo to help keep it away. It is actually a build up of skin and oil from the babies head it isn't dryness. So washing is the only prevention. Hope this helps its just unsightly not a problem for baby.
Cassandra - posted on 01/08/2010
My children had/have very sensitive skin. I always used a little mineral oil - because it is perfume, scent and colour free - left it over night and the used the softest bristle brush possible to brush the babies scalp. While bathing I would also scrub softly on the babies scalp while washing and rinsed well so no soap residue was ever left behind.
Sylvia - posted on 01/08/2010
What has really worked for my babies & grandbabies when they got cradle cap is to apply a liberal amount of olive oil to the scalp (usually at night when you're not going back out esp. when its cold) & wait for 30 minutes to 1 hour, use a soft baby brush or baby comb to loosen flakes. Then shampoo with 1-2 caps of the blue dawn dish detergent. Wash gently,rinse well and blot dry.Apply a VERY SMALL SMEAR of the olive oil to scalp/ hair while it's slightly damp.You don't want the hair to be greasy.Follow these steps daily for 5 days. Results seen by day 3.
Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010
cover babies head in vasoline and put a hat on her overnight. the next day it all the dry scaley bits will have softened and you will be able to comb it off. if its cradle cap it may start to come back, but just repeat the vasoline and hat trick. i found after a week it never came back. good luck.
Lisa - posted on 01/08/2010
My baby's head is really dry and feels scaly any advice?
Baby oil. just rub some on, and use a fine tooth comb to remove it, or even your finger nails. you can buy the comb with a glove to apply the baby oil at Babies R Us.
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