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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Amanda - posted on 01/08/2010

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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.

Liz - posted on 01/08/2010

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I always used baby oil before a bath and then comb through with a fine tooth baby comb. You can also buy cradle cap wash from stores like wal-mart.

Raina - posted on 01/08/2010

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I used selson blue diluted with warm tap water applied with a soft two sided baby sponge, has to be used weekly or every time a full bath is given, this cleared up my baby's cradle cap and her skin.

Courtney - posted on 01/08/2010

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yes put some baby oil on the head and take the baby brush scrub gentle but enough to get the dry skin off. may take several minutes.

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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

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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

Samantha - posted on 01/08/2010

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EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. My son developed it at 1 month old. I would give him a bath every other night. The nights off I would rub EVOO on his head. One month later...NO CRADLE CAP

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2010

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If its cradle cap I would suggest keeping it cleaned and add a little olive oil or baby lotion to the scalp it sound unusual but it work. If not just keep it clean and dry it will clear up.

Cammie - posted on 01/07/2010

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I used baby oil before id wash my babies hair let it sit while she plays and then wash with baby soap and when there all dried id brush there hair with a soft bush seemd to work for us hope this helps

Angela - posted on 01/07/2010

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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.

Samantha - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter's pediatrician said to use Head and Shoulders shampoo. The cradle cap was gone within the week.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010

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i do hair when i have babies come in with cradle cap i use a little bit of baby oil and a lil comb and comb it all thru..then u want to wash their hair

Nichole - posted on 01/07/2010

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i used selsum blue on my son's scalp and the cradle cap went away in a few days. i just rubbed a little on the area with cradle cap at bath time and gently washed it out.

Casey - posted on 01/07/2010

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Old remedy ~ vaseline and a comb. put vaseline on the baby's head then go over it with a comb. It should take it right off. It worked for my 2 babies!

Kelly - posted on 01/07/2010

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Cover the baby's head in olive or vegetable oil. Wait about 5 minutes and then use a fine tooth comb and gently brush it out. The scaly will come off like butter.

Mandy - posted on 01/07/2010

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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

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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

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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.

Suzanne - posted on 01/07/2010

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Babies R Us and Walmart sell Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap care, it works much better than baby oil. Follow the directions onthe back. Rub some on his head and then gently brush it away with a soft bristle brush then wash it.

Ami - posted on 01/07/2010

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all that SCRAPING sounds painful!! i used mineral oil or baby oil after bath then rub briskly but gently off with a terrycloth towel.

Brandy - posted on 01/07/2010

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baby oil breaks it up really good. just us baby brush in a circlular motion usually brings it right up.

Jamie - posted on 01/07/2010

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I just used baby oil for my children and took a baby comb and gently went through their hair. It worked great.

Edwina - posted on 01/07/2010

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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.

Cindy - posted on 01/07/2010

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my pediatrician recomended using head and shoulders shampoo instead of baby shampoo. it worked.

Franziska - posted on 01/07/2010

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Put Petroleum jelly on cradle cap during the day and over night and wipe it off with a soft cloth the next morning.

Jamie - posted on 01/07/2010

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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!

Kathie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Get a soft baby brush and lightly scrub the scalp at each bathtime. Never, ever, ever put baby oil on it since it will clog the pores and make it worse.

Ilja - posted on 01/07/2010

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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

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Hello,
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.

Good luck
C

Kathleen - posted on 01/07/2010

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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).

Naomi - posted on 01/07/2010

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every night rub baby oil on the spots and then ave the baby waer a hat to bed and it will go away in a couple of days! It WORKS my son had the same thing.

Annick - posted on 01/07/2010

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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.

Ermeess - posted on 01/07/2010

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My baby developed cradle cap. He looked like he had a box of cornflakes thrown on his head! I tried everything until I heard of Mustela cradle cap. Bought it at Babies R US. Within a few days it was totally gone!

DALEAH - posted on 01/07/2010

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baby oil..put it on its head an rub in then take a soft brisel brush u know those baby brushes an brush it out..you will have to keep doin this for awhile..my son had cradle cap so bad his hole head was scaly..

Yvonne - posted on 01/07/2010

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Use baby lotion on head at night and then use a baby hairbrush for scraping off the dead skin in the morning.

Alda - posted on 01/07/2010

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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.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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My doctor told me to rub in olive oil as this will soften the skin then any dry skin will fall off. This works after a few days. Good luck

Wendy - posted on 01/06/2010

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i use a little lanolin lotion too an then when i bathe her i use a soft rag and Johnson's baby shampoo and softly rub her head, its starting to show a difference! also those baby brushes help alot!

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010

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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.

Tara - posted on 01/06/2010

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

Natalie - posted on 01/06/2010

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i used olive oil and it worked well i just put a bit on a cotton ball and rubbed it in now its all gone..

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