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Amanda - posted on 01/08/2010
My 2nd son had really bad cradle cap and I tried a few things. The Olive Oil worked wonders when I first used it, but beware because a couple of days later it came back worse than ever - and it was awful, so I didn't try it again. In the end what got rid of it was a bit of natural based light cream like Lanolin or Aqueous cream and gently picking it off.
Olive oil! 3 of my 5 had it and I know how confusing that can be! Yes, it's called "cradle cap" looks a little like dry egg right? A word of cation.. never pick at or try to peel of the cradle cap as it will be like picking a scab and make it even harder to treat.
Just a dab of olive oil when you comb baby's hair and it should be fine in one to two weeks! Best of luck to you! :)
Suzette in Scottsdale AZ
Gaynor - posted on 01/08/2010
my little boy had it really bad and i tried every poduct on the market and they seemed to make it worse. Eventually i tried a natural method of olive oil, every night before bed i would pt olive oil on the cradle cap and wash the next morning, then using a baby comb would brush his hair backwards. It cleared in 2 days
Angela - posted on 01/07/2010
It looks like you have gotten a ton of responses but what I used and what our pediatrician recommended was Selsun Blue shampoo. It worked like a charm! I shampooed my daughters hair once with it and that's all it took. There is no scraping off of their skin or rubbing gunk into their hair that's hard to rinse off. I swear I will never use anything else.
Mandy - posted on 01/07/2010
I have always combed my babies head with a fine tooth baby comb every day in all directions. This exfoliates the dry skin and encourages the production of the skins natural oils. Also, limit washing hair with soap to every other or every three days. Even the mildest of baby soaps can dry their skin. I hope this helps!
Lori - posted on 01/07/2010
my daughter had cradle cap also and baby oil didn't work so i talked to her doctor and he said to try a dandruff shampoo like head and shoulders just be very careful not to get it in their eyes. i tried it and never had another problem with cradle cap and i still use head and shoulders.
Charlene - posted on 01/07/2010
Extra Virgin Olive Oil really helps. Put it on, then use the baby comb to rub it off, then a bath and it does great all over the body to protect against moisture including that oh so wet neck and under the folds... Aveeno Baby wash & cream is really helpful too. J&J can sometimes over dry the baby's skin, and my Princess would break out in little bumps from it. You shouldn't wash baby everyday nor their hair since the body needs oils but they can't get from food & they don't get that dirty.
Edwina - posted on 01/07/2010
I used baby oil. Keep the scalp oiled with baby oil and then when you wash their hair and scalp rinse it really well to get all the soap out. Then put baby oil on the scalp again. It worked for my daughter and she had cradle cap real bad. But once I started doing the baby oil remedy, it worked keeping the dry scaliness away. I always did wonder why my mom always kept my younger brother and sisters hair and body oiled.
Jamie - posted on 01/07/2010
What I have done with both my children is rub babyoil on their spot where the cradle cap is and wait about 20 minutes, then comb off with a baby comb, depending on how bad it is you may have to do it twice. That always worked for me. Good Luck!
Ilja - posted on 01/07/2010
Uhm may I make a suggestion that doesn't really have that much to do with the problem itself (if not, stop reading here...haha)
I love that people on this forum are trying to be helpful and in a respectful way at that but if you see that the 37 people before you already suggested the same solution that you were about to post then maybe its safe to assume that whomever posted the question is pretty much set in the answer department.
That's it, carry on :-)
Candyse - posted on 01/07/2010
Definitley sounds like cradle cap. Which by the way has no explained origin. Some people think it's from being dirty or from this or that - it isn't it's just one of those things that most babies suffer with a little or a lot at some time or another. I have a 4yr old a 2yr old and am expecting 3rd in April.
Both mine had it and the BEST REMEDY was TEA TREE OIL.
Drip 10 drops of tea tree oil into a little dish and add one table spoon of olive oil to act as the carrier and so tea tree oil is not too strong for delicate skin.
Apply liberally to scalp twice a day, it should start to clear up in 4 or so days.
YES your baby will smell of tea tree oil, but it's worth it trust me.
Kathleen - posted on 01/07/2010
I've read a number of the posts re your question. My son is almost 2 and he's had it cradle cap too. My midwife suggested I rub a little olive oil onto his scalp, let it absorb for a few hours then gently comb it out with a very small plastic comb. It works great. I've never used baby oil, I imagine it would work the same, not sure. Then just wash off oil when you give baby his bath. A co-worker said she used almond oil on her daughter's scalp (smells nice).
Annick - posted on 01/07/2010
I've always use baby oil, let stand a couple of minutes then brush hair with a baby brush(they got really soft bristles) and it came all off. If it is really bad cradle cap, like mine had I'd do it right before giving her bath(every other day) and in 1 1/2 weeks it was gone. don't be affraid the head will be a little red.
Alda - posted on 01/07/2010
I rubbed baby oil gel into my girls' hair at night and in the morning used a comb to 'comb' the cradle cap off. It comes off so easily. Within 3 days they were cradle cap free. Just put shampoo on their hair before you wet it, otherwise it's a nightmare to get the oil out. When their hair got too long for the oil I used a medicated shampoo on the rare occasion it returned.
Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010
I just put baby oil on my son's head before bed...the next morning I'd brush it out and the cradle cap would be gone. Made his head slick and my lips greasy because I'd forget and kiss his head haha. But it worked every time and he smelled really nice.
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