What is the best way to get rid of cradle cap?

Larissa - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I would like to know of a way to get rid of cradle cap that is easy to do... and something that works quickly would be great!

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Emily - posted on 12/21/2009

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There's this product you can find at Walgreens or almost any pharmacy in the baby dept. Its actually called craddle cap and its in a small, thin and blue bottle. I used this on my two babies and it works way better than baby oil. Make sure you follow instructions though ok. Hope this helps.

Sarah Louise - posted on 12/21/2009

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hi hun i used a shampoo called dentinox cradle cap shampoo on andrew and it disappeared quite quick it can also be used all the time to prevent cradle cap hope thats handy to u xxxxx

Larissa - posted on 12/07/2009

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I just tried the baby oil and it worked so great!!!!! WOW i cant believe it. big flakes started coming out immediately and my son could care less what i was doing lol. thank you guys so much!!!

Larissa - posted on 12/07/2009

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THANK YOU so much everyone! You have all been so helpful!! I'll be trying baby oil tonight and for the next couple of day if needed, and if it doesn't work I'll try out the selsun blue! Thanks ladies!!

Suzanne - posted on 12/06/2009

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I vote for olive oil, it worked for my son. Once wet, carefully brush with a baby brush.

Margaret - posted on 12/06/2009

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A doctor actually told me to put the baby shampoo on the babys head and while in the tub wet the baby hairbrush and brush the babys hair with the soap on then just rinse their hair, also baby eczema cream in between helped all my boys.

Latisha - posted on 12/06/2009

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The thing that myself and everyone in my family has used for generations is...take one of those baby brushes (the best is the one you get from the hospital), were it's soft but not too soft, and while you have the baby in the bath and their head is really good and wet, put some baby wash on it and just SCRUB their head. I know it sounds pretty bad but it works and it won't hurt them. But DO NOT use baby oil on it after the bath before is ok but not after, because it actually makes dust and more things stick to their heads and can actually make it worse. I really hope that this helps in some way. Good luck!!

Susie - posted on 12/06/2009

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I used baby oil but other oils would work also. I put it on generously before bed. Put on a hat to keep it from going everywhere. Then bathe them in the morning and brush their hair. If the oil has time to soften the scalp it comes out much better!

Ashley - posted on 12/06/2009

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My nephew gets this all the time and the doctor said when you wash the babys head use a soft brisle baby brush and scrub the dead skin off then put a little olive oil on the babys head it works you just have to do it every time they take a bath or it will come back

Stephanie - posted on 12/06/2009

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I used Baby Oil for my daughter when she had it. I would just pour a little of it onto her head where she had the cradle cap, rub it in gently with a face cloth and let it sit on her head for a good half hour - 45 minutes. Then I took her toothed baby comb and gently combed her hair and it lifted the yellow scales right off of her head. You will need to bath your baby afterwards and probably shampoo their head twice in order to get all of the oil out!! But it worked really well for my daughter and she only had it come back once...so far!!! Hope this helps...good luck :)

Brittany - posted on 12/06/2009

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when my little guy was little he had it bad and my doctor said to use just a little bit of selsun blue shampoo. mind you you cant get it in the babys eyes so you need to do it hold him back over a sink and use a warm rag. that should clear it up pretty much by the next day.

Yulandie - posted on 12/06/2009

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I RECOMEND BABY OIL OR OLIVE OIL AND COMB THROUGH EVERY BATH TIME UNTIL ITS GONE..I USED IT WITH ALL OF MY CHILDREN AND IT NEVER CAME BACK

Charissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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my son had it bad during his first few months, and the one thing that helped was by putting olive oil (or baby oil, both work) on the place where it's at. don't rub hard, just gently, and let it be for an hour or so, then give him a bath and gently wash it off. don't scrub too hard, but the oil should soften it so it should be easier to remove. sometimes it just takes time, and you can't remove it in one day. I even picked at it a few times, but only when it was basically falling off. you just wanna make sure you aren't rough on the baby's soft head.

Laura - posted on 12/06/2009

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when my boys had it i use a small amount of selsen blue and a very soft bristled tooth brush and gentley washed their heads it worked after a few times of using it and didnt have any probs after. both my boys are allergic to baby oil, so had to figure this out on my own.

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put baby oil on his head and rub the craddle cap off with a soft toothbrush (try a toothbrush made for toddlers as they are usually really soft). His skin will turn a little red, but it won't hurt him and it gets rid of the craddle cap right away! Just note two things:



1. This will make your son's head oily and you will have to bathe him afterward



2. The cradle cap will come back, and you will have to repeat the process. My 2 year-old still gets craddle cap ocassionally as does my 9 month-old.



Good luck and enjoy your little boy! :)

Amy - posted on 12/06/2009

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Heres one I havent seen posted yet.....baby oil does work but my baby had it pretty bad and instead of doing the baby oil all the time I tried Aquaphor baby wash, its made by Eucerin. It's thicker than regular baby wash and it lathers really good but it sure worked to get rid of it. I use it with every bath and it hasnt come back since.

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

I always used babieoel and washed the kid with babie shampoo it worked for me.





 

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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I always used babieoel and washed the kid with babie shampoo it worked for my

Krystal - posted on 12/06/2009

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Both of my children had craddle cap and my ped. told me to use selsun blue shampoo and take a baby brush and try to gently loosen up the scales. you have to do it a few times before its all gone. but it works. just be careful cause it can burn their eyes.

Anah - posted on 12/06/2009

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My mom and dad always said to just brush their hair. use a baby brush, I think it has something to do with stimulating the scalp.

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Hi Larissa, Just like the other moms suggested, I use baby oil and brush it with the very soft baby hair brush before her bath. I normally only have to do it for a couple of days until it disappears completely. But it happens on different parts of her head on different days so I practice the same technique every time and it always works wonders. I haven't seen any spots in a long time so I think we are over with the very annoying cradle cap :)...hope it works for you, too :)

Mary - posted on 12/06/2009

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I use conditioner... Herbal Essences works really good... the Hello Hydration kind. Also tresume works well... Those are the only two kinds I use... Hope it helps. (Im sure any kind of conditioner will work though)

Nina - posted on 12/06/2009

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hi larissa, i had the same prob with my little one and my gp told me to put extra virgin olive oil on his head 5 mins before he has a bath, gently brush or comb the hair to get rid of the flakes, never pick them tho. i hope this helps, i know how irritating it can be for them.

Sarah - posted on 12/06/2009

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You can try using baby oil, I used it only once on my son and it went away within a week. Some other moms use it a few times a week to get ride of it faster. Just put it on his head before his bath and comb through it which will take dead skin off and hopefully that will help!

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