How do you get rid of cradle cap?

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My daughter is 4 months old and has almost 3 inches of hair. how do you get rid of cradle cap? i am very nervous that massaging it with baby oil and a baby brush will make her hair fall out. I really do not want that to happen!

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Connie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I know that this is going to sound strange but it works for mothers here in Thailand. I have a friend that had a little boy and he had alot of hair and cradle cap. When they brought him over, he looked so adorable and his head was perfect without any cradle cap and without hair. I thought how in the world did he get so perfect...I had such problems with that. So I asked. She said that every mother here in Thailand shaves the head of their new baby, boy or girl, and this allows you to safely wash all the cradle cap off successfully and after 2 weeks they have this perfect scalp and thick hair growing in. I thought that was very cool. I don't know if this will help, but if you could see her son you might want to try it. He has perfect skin now on his scalp.

Kristie - posted on 01/14/2010

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at night before her bath put baby oil on her head and let it sit for about 15 or 20 min then wash a usual. I done this with all three of mine and it works great..

Carrie - posted on 01/14/2010

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if your child is 4 mths old and still has cradle cap it might not be that at all I had the same prob and ppl kept telling me it was cradle cap then finally my ped got us in and turned out my little on had eczema check into it :)

Margo - posted on 01/14/2010

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My youngest had it really bad. I tried everything from the oil to the dandruff shampoo. Nothing worked, finally my doctor said that the cause was probably eczema. He gave me a foam to put on it and his whole body. It was gone in a week. And at two months he had 3in of hair, he never lost one with any of the treatments I used. Well I hope this helps good luck:)

Melanie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I tried everything to get rid of cradle cap with my daughter when she was a baby. She had it real bad, even on her forehead. The only thing that worked for her was glyserine. (The normal one that you can buy at any shop.) Within a couple of days it was gone and she never had any more cradle cap since. I just massaged it into her hair every morning and wahed it off every other night. Although she had oily hair every day it was all worth it. She was born with long hair and her hair did not fall out.

Valerie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Rub baby oil on her head.... it will lift during the day. Use her baby comb to gently lift if off her scalp. This may be repeated over several days :)

Rosalee - posted on 01/13/2010

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My doctor also suggested using a mild dandruff shampoo and I tried it and it did work, because thats all cradle cap is, is dandruff!! I also have tried just using a washcloth when I start noticing the cradle cap starting, before it gets bad and it works great.

Jaimie - posted on 01/13/2010

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The baby oil and using a baby brush is the best way to remove craddle cap. I also used Bri's method of rubbing alittle while bathing. Just be gentle with the brush and rubbing. As for the hair, she will loose all that baby hair anyway. Her real hair will come in place. You probably wanted notice too much.

Frances - posted on 01/13/2010

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The baby oil will not make her hair fall out. My daughter had lots of long hair when she was a tiny baby and thats what I had to do for her cradle cap. She is now 32 yrs old and has lots of beautiful long thick hair. She will be fine. And if this picture is of your baby, she is a beautiful baby.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2010

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This works! Make a paste with baking soda and water - just thick enough to spread on her head. Leave on before bath, then during her bath it shoudl come off pretty easily. You can usesoemthign to scrape it lightly (a plastic credit-type card works well).

I have 3 daughters and this was the best ever.

Sherry - posted on 01/13/2010

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MyDaughter had cradle cap and I massaged her hair with baby oil the night before and washed it the next day and I had to repeat this process several times before I was able to get rid of it and her hair has grown a great deal since then.

Karen - posted on 01/13/2010

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Go ahead and massage it with the baby oil. It relly works. It's a lot nicer than the scaly cradle cap!

Kristi - posted on 01/13/2010

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I rubbed mineral oil into my sons scalp really well. After rinsing with a mild soap, it never came back.

Heather - posted on 01/13/2010

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my daughter had it too and I bought something at target. You put shampoo in it and one side was a sponge you could wash their bodies with and the other side had soft bristles on it that you could wash their hair with. I used that it worked perfectly! I've heard the baby oil works too but I was always afraid to use that and make their hair look greasy....haha!

Billie - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son had it mildly and I put olive oil in it and let it set for 10-15 minutes and then washed it, and then combed it out. None of his hair came out because I let it set a while and the cap was soft. I did this about three times and it went away.

Monique - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Shannon my son had craddle cap when he was that age too,what my mother who als raised 4 of us told me to do was ,get some mineral oil from the pharmacy and comb through hid head with it,daily.what your doing is constantly coming it out,try not to wash his hair because it will make it more dry.Also he might start getting it on his foread,just put some Aveno on it,that should work in abot a month it should be gone.

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2010

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My boys didn't have it real bad, but after their bath-time, I put lotion on them from head to toe. That seemed to get rid of the cradle cap. I suggested this to my cousin, her little boy had it bad. . . . . and it worked for her.

good luck

Aubrey - posted on 01/13/2010

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I used the baby oil w/soft baby brush on my children and it was removed very easily. You can do it as many times as you need before it comes out. I do recommend using shampoo directly after the oil (before wetting the hair) it removes the oil and cradle cap a lot easier...Best of Luck :)

Karen - posted on 01/13/2010

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my son has it and i put oil on his head about an hour before bath, then run a baby comb through it...the oil loosens it and the comb gently pulls it up. after his bath i put lotion on his head. his hair looks greasy at first, but after a couple minutes the lotion is all soaked in and when i brush his hair you can't tell that it had anything in it. his cradle cap was really bad a week ago, but just in one week it is almost all cleared up

Regan - posted on 01/13/2010

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Dandruff shampoo works. You wash the hair with the baby hair brush instead of your hands. The brush is soft but will gently massage the scalp. You should only use the dandruff shampoo twice a week though.

Gaye - posted on 01/12/2010

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hi you can buy a special formula (which is basically oil). i actually used an anti dandruff shampoo (smallest amount) and that worked very quickly. At 3 she still gets it occassionally and back in goes the anti dandruff stuff. I use a kids conditioner straight after and for goodness sake don't get it into her eyes!! If you don't like that i have heard olive oil does the same trick but i can't stand the feel in the hair.

good luck

User - posted on 01/12/2010

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When you bathe her put baby oil on her head and let sit while you bathe her the oil will loosen th cradle cap then shampoo with baby shampoo. it may take several times but it will come off.

User - posted on 01/12/2010

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i did that years ago but used a fine tooth baby comb and it loosed the cradle cap and my sons hair didn'y come out. Just keep trying with the baby oil and comb it works, it worked 34 years ago. good luck to you a little one

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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I was told to put baby oil in the bath so its mixed with warm water. Give the bath normally. When u take them out use a ultra soft brissle toothbrush and gently comb out. It worked great for me, after one try it was good! Good luck :)

Gloria - posted on 01/12/2010

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When my son was a baby I did the exact same thing you are doing now. His hair was fine and it eventually went alway.

Ella - posted on 01/12/2010

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Cradle Cap Skin Rash Causes, Treatments, Home Remedies for Babies
Cradle cap is the common name for condition newborns or young babies develop, which causes redness and scaly patches on the scalp. The baby gets a sort of infant dandruff, which is caused by overactive oil glands on the scalp and face, and the condition sometimes also affects necks, ears and even armpits. It's upsetting when your beautiful baby suddenly comes down with cradle cap, but don't worry: it isn't serious, it isn't catching, there are treatment options that may affect a cure, and even if you have to put up with it for awhile, it will go away in time.


Cradle cap's specific cause is unknown, but it seems to be related to hormonal changes the baby experiences after birth. The oil glands overproduce for several weeks to several months, resulting in the condition. Although some children have cradle cap even until their first year, it's unusual for a toddler or preschooler to have it. If your pre-schooler has something that looks like cradle cap, get to the pediatrician to rule out other potential ailments or allergies.

If the scaliness and redness spread to the face, neck or armpits, or even the diaper area, doctors call cradle cap "seborrheic dermatitis". Even though it looks uncomfortable, as far as we can tell, it usually doesn't cause the baby any discomfort, although it upsets parents and makes them wonder what they're doing wrong.

But you aren't doing anything wrong! Cradle cap is a natural condition, and once your baby's sebaceous (oil-producing) glands settle into a routine, you'll easily get rid of it. The only prevention may be in frequent shampooing, but even that won't stop oil glands from making excess oil. If you look for home remedies on how to prevent or even curing cradle cap, you may find people discussing everything from adult dandruff shampoo to petroleum jelly—substances not recognized as curing cradle cap! But there are a few things you can do to control the condition until it goes away.

Was your baby's hair more frequently, and use a soft brush to brush the scales away. Some people swear by using baby oil or mineral oil (most baby oil is just mineral oil with a baby scent added), but others say it can worsen the condition by increasing the oil even more on the scalp. If you've been shampooing your baby's hair without noticing any decrease in the flaking, try using oil. If you don't like the idea of mineral oil, use a natural product such as olive oil. Rub it on your baby's head, use a soft brush to brush the flakes out with it, and then finish up with a gentle shampoo. In this way, you're using the oil to loosen the oily flakes and then washing it away so it doesn't add to the build-up.

If you try the baby oil home remedy and the cradle cap still doesn't decrease, you can get a special medicated baby shampoo from your pediatrician. These shampoos contain salicylic acid (the main ingredient in aspirin) and another well-known dandruff cure, sulfur. But they can irritate the baby's skin and dry the scalp, so use them carefully after consulting with your doctor. For strong cases of cradle cap or unusual amounts of spreading, the doctor may prescribe a cream made of hydrocortisone to treat the redness and rash.

If your baby's skin gets red and itchy, it may be that a yeast infection has found a foothold on the irritated skin. This most often happens in places with creases—behind ears, around the face, under arms or in the folds of the neck. If you notice the rash has spread and your baby is acting uncomfortable, the pediatrician may prescribe an anti-fungal cream product to kill the yeast infection.

Amber - posted on 01/11/2010

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I too had this problem and my doctor told me to use a tiny drop of head n shoulders n massage her scalp with a soft bristled toothbrush and to only do it twice a week... I did so and it was gone the 3rd time. After you do this it will peel and i just took her baby brush and would brush her head a few times n it was gone! I was also told not to use baby shampoo cause that is what makes the babies hair fall out.

Abbie - posted on 01/11/2010

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It won't fall out from that, the reason hair falls out is from a drop in hormones, so if its going to go, its going to go, you can't stop it. My son had 2 inch long hair when he was born with very bad cradle cap. Most hairy headed babies get cradle cap the worst. I took almond oil rubbed it in and left it for a hour or so, then brushed it lightly and it was gone. My son never lost a hair on his head.

Kelly - posted on 01/11/2010

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My little girl had a head full of hair and she had cradle cap really bad. I had tried everything. My Dr told me to dilute head and shoulders shampoo and use it. After three days completely gone. If you do not get rid of the cradle cap then the hair will fall out b/c cradle cap actually suffocates the hair.

Corinna - posted on 01/11/2010

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What worked really good for me was Aveno Baby lotion. Just rub it on and leave it, and just reaply once or twice daily.

Samantha - posted on 01/11/2010

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I used the baby oil and baby comb on my son at the same age and with the same amount of hair and it completely got rid of the cap and his hair was actually thicker!

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Hi!! My son had this problem also... Worse than my daughter. What I did was this: Right before you are going to give her a bath, COVER the part of her head that has the cradle cap with baby oil GEL (don't use regular baby oil... It drips and gets in their eyes and they don't like it too much LOL). Run her bath water and let the baby oil seep into her scalp. You are going to have to get a very fine comb and kinda scrape the top of her head and get the dry skin (cradle cap) off. It's pretty gross but with the baby oil it won't hurt her at all. After you have gotten most of it off (she probably won't let you do it for too long) just wash her hair with baby wash a couple of times so the oil won't stay on her scalp and you're done!! YAY!! It works GREAT!! Just make sure you remember to get baby oil GEL and you're good to go!! Good Luck!!

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well baby oil in the shower didnt really work... so tonight she is sleeping with olive oil in her hair. hopefully it will be successful! Thanks for all of the help!

Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son had it also. I used baby oil and massaged it then used a baby comb, not brush. I also baught cradle cap shampoo,disney makes it.you can buy it in the baby section at walmart. I massaged it in his hair and used a comb and then washed it out.Hope this helps!!

Dominique - posted on 01/09/2010

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I used Eucerin lotion, it worked great! I also had a sample of Aquaphor, but it looks like vaseline, so I didn't want my sons hair to look greasy.

User - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was advised to buy a natural sponge and use it during baths. Whenever my son had the onset of cradle cap we concentrated on using the sponge to massage his head during each bath and he never had it fully blown.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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Rub some Olive Oil over the cradle cap and leave overnight if poss. Then just gently brush out in the morning. Hope this helps x

User - posted on 01/09/2010

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My sitter actually told me to use dandruff shampoo. I was little nervous at 1st. I was afraid it might be too strong for my son's head/skin. I used Neutrogena T-Gel, since it’s more gentle than other dandruff shampoos. It worked! He was born fall/winter last year and we used the shampoo till about May and then resumed in Oct/Nov of this year. During the warm months I used regular baby wash/shampoo. He was 5 months when I started using it.

JoDee - posted on 01/09/2010

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ok I have had nine kids 7 biological and I found that baby oil and a baby bristle brush ( baby brush thats soft )was the best solution to use

Crystal - posted on 01/09/2010

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trust me it wont, my daughter had it really bad at that age and i used the winnie the pooh cradle cap stuff and boy did it smell baaaaaddddd, i used baby oil, and a comb it came right up, she didnt mind it eiither, then i washed it and it never came back, and her hair stayed on her head

Kelly - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter had it terrible, my midwife said olive oil was better than baby oil..cant remember why..? i tried both of these methods (and dentinox shampoo) and found none worked! a friend of mine suggested vaseline so after her bath a put a little on and massaged into her scalp, i left it overnight and used the baby brush very gently, it dissapeared after a week or so, she had long hair too and it started falling out so i tried everything and anything!

Anne - posted on 01/09/2010

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we used the baby oil on both the kids to get rid of cradle cap just gently comb it and it works great

Hayley - posted on 01/09/2010

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my baby had a little bit starting to develop so when he had a bath i would just keep pouring water over his hair and that softened the dead skin and then i was able to give it a light rub and it would peel away

Ashley - posted on 01/09/2010

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try selsen blue. use one cap of shampoo mixed with one cap of water. let it sit for 10-15 min and then rinse it off. then you can use the regular baby shampoo. that is what our dr told us to do because my daughter has a lot of hair for being almost 5 months and i didnt want her to lose any of it either.

Chrissy - posted on 01/09/2010

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Don't worry ,it won't fall out, just be gentle.Most websites that I have read, and people that I have talked to recommend this method. The oil is the best thing for cradle cap because it makes he scalp soft and then just brush the flakes away..

P.s I've heard of a lot of people using Olive oil instead of baby oil.

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thanks! we have baby oil and it just so happens she has food all in her hair! so into the bath she goes!

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