Cradle cap?

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

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

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Charlene - posted on 01/09/2010

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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

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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

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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

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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:)

Alison - posted on 01/09/2010

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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.

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All my sons had cradle cap it doesnt harm them in anyway it just doesnt look very attractive. My advice leave it alone their hair grows over the top of it and then you cant see it anyway.

Wendy - posted on 01/09/2010

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put baby oil on and then with your nail scrap very gently, worked with mine and it does not hurt

Brittany - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son had the same problem, but not all over. i used a baby brush to loosen up the scales then washed his hair with baby shampoo, then i rubbed just a REALLY small amount of baby oil on the spot. it helped his.

Gina - posted on 01/09/2010

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I used to rub a little bit of baby oil on my daughters head after her baths when she had cradle cap. Worked GREAT.

Annette - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter had craddle cap really bed i used baby oil on her head and that helped alot.

Jenn - posted on 01/09/2010

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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

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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.

Raina - posted on 01/09/2010

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Yes this is similar to Selson Blue, it just has to be diluted well, because its strong, oil doesnt work it just aggravates the cradle cap i learned this from experimenting until I had to finally seek a physicians advice

Raina - posted on 01/09/2010

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yep, this is what i have used on each one of my girls that had it it works gret!

Aida - posted on 01/09/2010

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Use some head & shoulders when you are giving your baby a bath & brush the hair back which will loosen it up....it will take a few weeks but this will go away...my daughter had it too. Good luck

ManonS - posted on 01/09/2010

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use Johnson's baby oil.I used it on my boys an it works fine.My children's doctor told me about it.

Marguerite - posted on 01/09/2010

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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!

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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I just put a bit of olive oil( you can use any kind of mineral oil) on my baby's head and that helped as well as washing his hair before I put baby oil in the water. It cleared up within 3-4 days.

Stefanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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vassoline will fix em right up but there hair stays greasy for a couple of days

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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.

Dawn - posted on 01/09/2010

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Olive oil and a little comb and comb it through, and, through, and through.... Do that everytime you wash their hair...

Vicky - posted on 01/09/2010

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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.

Sally - posted on 01/09/2010

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When my kids had crandle cap I would use baby oil on their heads everyday. Find a soft bristle baby brush and use that. It may take awhile but the baby oil should help loosen the scaley crandle cap.

Felicity - posted on 01/09/2010

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my both children get it and i use Johnsons baby oil heat it up a little rub into the head and the next day wash out does wonders

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2010

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Stop using baby shampoo, sometimes it can be too harsh for their wee skin because it can be perfumed. Ask your doctor/paed for a bath emolliant and use it instead followed by some unperfumed moisturising cream.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2010

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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

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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.

Fatima - posted on 01/08/2010

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Rub Olive Oil in the babys hair and comb hair then wash hair out with baby shampoo in luke warm water. I did the same with my daughter and she hasn't had Cradle cap since, this was three months ago.

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Cradle cap is usually an accumulation of oily skin. The baby oils, etc. will soak that off, but they don't solve the problem. What looks like dry skin is not. That's why the dandruff shampoos, used carefully, work.

Courtney - posted on 01/08/2010

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Two of my three boys had cradle cap and I found that "gentle naturals" brand cradle cap solution worked great and it smells nice too!

Janet - posted on 01/08/2010

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When I had kids in the 80;s and 90;s after the babys bath take a cotton ball and baby oil and put over the dry parts everyday until it clears up.

Athena - posted on 01/08/2010

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My doctor told me to use Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo on my son just to make sure that it did not get in his eyes. It worked like a charm, his issue was cleared up in about a week.

Beth - posted on 01/08/2010

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you can just use baby oil let it soak in and comb out the dead skin. piece of cake.

Patricia - posted on 01/08/2010

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Baby oil is popular and other remedies work too. Try some of those & if it doesn't help talk to your pediatrician.

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use warm wet wash cloth and mineral oil. Rub on head, leave for short time, then wash or use very soft brush to get dry skin off. Good luck

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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I used a tad of selson blue, but you have to rinse it off promptly and don't get in their eyes. Then use a baby comb and it comes off quite well. My daughter's Dr. told me about that and it worked well on all 4 of my kids.

Cassandra - posted on 01/08/2010

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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

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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.

Jana - posted on 01/08/2010

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my daughter had it really bad and I soaked her head in baby oil overnight and it helped a ton you may have to repeat.

Susan - posted on 01/08/2010

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Rub a little baby oil and leave it on over night and wash off in the morning might need to repeat a few times, worked for me

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My first child had severe cradle cap. The pediatrician said to use Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo. It worked beautifully!

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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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.

Josette - posted on 01/08/2010

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you might try rubbing baby oil on your babies scalp it's been knownn to help.

KIM - posted on 01/08/2010

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with all 3 of my boys I would put baby oil on their heads about 15 minutes before a bath and then while in the shower just use a baby brush and lightly brush thru their hair...always worked for me

Lisa - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Kelli:

Cradle cap?

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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