advice on getting rid of cradle cap

Jacqui - posted on 01/04/2012 ( 104 moms have responded )

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both my daughter and son have really bad cradle cap and i dont know how to get rid of it. my sons head looks really bad as he has'nt got enough hair to cover it where as my daughter has curly hair and you cant see it as much but she has it just as bad as my son. my daughter has been getting it off and on since she was 3 months and is almost 2 and y son has had for the last month and is 4 months has anyone got and suggestions or know of away to get rid of it or to minamize it

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Sarah - posted on 01/05/2012

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My 8 month old daughter had really bad cradle cap too, the paediatrician said to rub almond/olive/another type of natural oil onto the scalp and then use a soft toothbrush to gently rub it off. it worked prettty well - where it was a bt tougher to remove i used a fingernail. then just wash the oil off. its been a month now and the cradle cap hasnt come back yet... the most difficult part of the procedure was trying to control the squirming!!

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cover the head in baby oil leave it in overnight then in the morning gently brush it out with a comb , then repeat if you need to

Cindy - posted on 01/08/2012

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I am a kids hairstylist and although oil will help remove it, it will not solve the problem. What you are using to shampoo is key in this situation. The best products out there for cradle cap are Muestela or a much cheaper and easier to find option is Paul Mitchells Baby Dont Cry. Lather it into hair, let sit for a minute and then rinse with CLEAN water. Do not use bath water that child is sitting in.All you are doing is putting dirty, soapy water back onto childs head. If it is really bad use a soft tooth brush or nail brush and gently rub off. It will take a few times to remove all of it. NEVER pick at it! It can act as a scab on scalp and will create sores on your babys head if picked. Once it is gone continue using GOOD shampoo and rinsing with CLEAN water and you should never have a problem with it again. My first born never had cradle cap because I followed these instructions from the begining. I got lazy with my second and she ended up with really bad cradle cap. I started using the Baby Dont Cry and watching my rinsing and it was gone within a week, she hasnt had it since.

Christine - posted on 01/05/2012

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Give them a bath and then take a comb and scrap it off.. thats what I did with both kids and it doesnt hurt and gets rid of it alot faster then just waiting for it to go away.

Tara - posted on 01/05/2012

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My 4 month old had horrible cradle cap. When most of the yellow crusty things came off he would scratch and scratch and it was very ugly and bleeding. I used olive oil 10 minutes before his bath and then washed it off with Aveno shampoo with oatmeal and it was for dryness. It really helped and is looking good now. I just have to put mitts on his hands sometimes when hes trying to scratch away. Hope this helps a bit.

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Christina - posted on 09/01/2012

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Mineral Oil - cheap, easy, and effective. Used it one time and it was gone forever.

Erin - posted on 08/31/2012

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baby oil works too. both my kids had it and i usesd that let it sit for a little bit and boom gone.

Ann - posted on 08/26/2012

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Oil on the scalp just before bed time (Yes you will have to wash the pillow cases more ofter but this allows the oil to soak in better). Virgin Olive oil seems to work the best. Each morning wash the hair with a good moisturizing shampoo. I found the Avon Advance Moisturizing Shampoo did wonders. (No I do not sell AVON but when it works it works!) I had a son that was in his teens to have cradle cap due to medication he had to take.

D - posted on 08/22/2012

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I was advised by mom mom the best way to prevent cradle cap is grease my childs hair. Dnt use baby oil or any other products with chemicals. Use natural olive oil . She say cradle cap comes from not drying your baby hair properly. I've tried it and so far it works for me. I hope this helps guys......

Kam - posted on 08/21/2012

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Shampoo with baby shampoo and then use baby oil. It got ride of my son's craddle cap in about a 2 weeks!

Karen - posted on 08/20/2012

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Both my second and third child has cradle cap. I was given this lotion (Sebamed baby cream on Amazon) by my friend and typically only used it on her body but I figured I would try it on her head. Last night I applied it on the dry patches on her head and it literally came off this morning with a head massage. This is with one application! For some reason the super thick lotion was able to soak into the dry skin and break it down. I massage the area in a circular motion and it came off, afterward I shampooed her hair. She has lots of hair. It took months with other creams, olive oils etc... I also tried the Mustela brand, which is super expensive. I think this is 12 bucks for 7 ounces, unlike Mustela 17.99 for 1.3 onces. I wished I had this with my second baby! I am just so happy I got rid of the cradle cap so quickly! I hope this helps...

Yolanda - posted on 02/17/2012

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i used olive oil and baby wash . first put the oliveoil then the baby was shampoo the was it that, u do have to scratch the cradle crap out the hair but be gentle not to scratch too hair. gd luck

Annabelle's - posted on 02/17/2012

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Dentinox Cradle Cap Shampoo made a visible change the first use for my 2 month old. Just be relentless in treating the area with moisturization. I would use olive oil/baby oil also, lather on scalp 15 minutes before bathing and then use the dentinox shampoo.

Caylynne - posted on 02/16/2012

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What I did with my daughter was take her baby brush and rub it around her head before taking a bath, then once in the bath, put baby shampoo in her hair like normal, but take the brush and rub it around again. It helped wonders with her. I also after bath time, would put Aveeno calming lotion on her head.

Kimberly - posted on 02/16/2012

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Hi Jacqui, my son had this issue as a newborn as his hair is very thick and curly. His Pediatrician recommmended Head and Shoulders Shampoo but I wasn't too keen on using this product on my newborn due to the possiblity of it getting in his eyes or causing an allergic reaction because he has REALLY sensitive skin. However, I did continue to wash his hair twice weekly with Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo as well as keeping it moisturized really well and this in fact helped the issue and with time, the cradle cap went away. I've also been advised that baby oil helps but I never tried this.

Jackie - posted on 02/13/2012

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I'm not sure if anyone has suggested it yet, but gentle naturals cradle cap care works wonders! My son had terrible cradle cap as an infant. I can say i only had to use this product a couple times and the cradle cap was gone. All you do is put it in their hair before bathtime and let it sit for a couple minutes, then brush it out of their hair and put them in the bath afterwards. i highly suggest trying it : )

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2012

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my son was the same i used to put oil on his head an hour b4 his bath to soften the skin, when i bathed him i'd was his hair then brush his hair with a soft baby brush the cradle cap would come out so easily eventually it completely got rid of it and i havent had a problem since x

Mercedes - posted on 02/11/2012

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my son had it when he was a baby and still suffers from dandruff/cradle cap now but it is no longer yellow and inflamed looking, i used calpasal medicated shampoo prescribed by the G.P. which smells really strong but is effective. the only problem is that i found that he lost alot of hair along with the flakes, has anyone got any suggestions on keeping his scalp healthy with natural ingredients< cant use johnssons or other products due to his skin being extremely sensitive

Delta - posted on 02/07/2012

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I'm not going to read all the posts, but my sons Dr told us to use head and shoulders and it worked.

Natasha - posted on 02/06/2012

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All the girls are right but my mom said to use a realy soft tooth brush and it worked great didn't hurt and was small enuf were if you needed to add oil or what ever you are using you could just put it on the tooth bruch :) !!

Lorri - posted on 02/06/2012

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The by best thing I have found to help get rid of cradle cap is by using a soap called Cetaphil. It comes in a pump and it is what my pediatrician told me to use. Then I would use one of the real soft baby brushes and slowly go over the crown and get all the loose skin off. It was in no time it had cleared up. After washing it, then I would put baby lotion on it and a small cap to hold in moisture. I hope you have a good day!!

Camille - posted on 02/04/2012

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Olive oil definitely works. That's what I always heard worked for a lot of other moms && when I tried it, I got proof. Just use pure virgin olive oil. Rub it into their scalp and leave it for 15-30 minutes. Works great. If that doesn't work, maybe ask their doctor. I'm sure they will tell you that it's nothing to really worry about though. Cradle cap doesn't last forever.

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2012

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tummy time...as much as possible...put a blankie on the floor...get out the rattles and get on the floor and play...the longer your baby is not on their back the less cradle cap.

Heidi - posted on 01/31/2012

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My daughter is four and still gets cradle cap on the top sides of her head. The only solution i have found is putting baby oil or lotion on the spots and gently using my nail to scrape it with my nail or a soft baby brush, after a few days of doing this it goes away for a while, but if i neglect to watch it and do it every so often it comes back.

Ricki - posted on 01/29/2012

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A lovely Mother at my daughters school gave me the best advice ever for cradle cap and it was the only thing that worked for my little boy.

After a bath rub some olive oil onto their scalp and leave for an hour or so and then using a baby brush gently brush it off.

I did this and instead of a brush just used a damp face washer and gently wiped his head and it came off so easily. I had to do this a few nights in a row as I didn't want to annoy him by continually wiping his head poor thing.

I accidently left it on all night and it actually sorta fell off by itself. I just washed his head (not much hair, lol) in the morning when I realised and it was fine.

It never came back either, my eldest daughter had cradle cap till she was 2yrs old because everything I tried would sort of work but she always had it :(

Tamara - posted on 01/27/2012

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i tried everything to get rid of my sons cradle cap, the thing that worked in the end was plain old Nivea..

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Gabby had "cradle cap" really bad. Turned out, she was taking a reaction to SLS in the soap. I switched to an SLS free soap and now she has no problem with dry skin, i also cured my own dandruff problem by doing the same.

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Head and Shoulders. Seriously -- I was having a terrible time with my son's cradle cap. I tried everything else suggested below before my pediatrican suggested it. I washed his hair twice a week with it. It was gone within two weeks.

Heather - posted on 01/23/2012

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CJ's BUTTer works great for cradle cap, it is all natural, and even though you should only need to use it a time or two to get rid of the cradle cap it can be used so much more too! For baby and the whole family it treats eczema, improves/eliminates stretch marks, severe diaper rash, dry skin and much MUCH more. I started out using this as a cloth diaper friendly diaper cream for my DD, but now I use more of it on myself than I do on her even though I'm still using it as her only diaper cream!

Dawna - posted on 01/18/2012

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my daughter has it really bad and shes 2 yrs her doctor told me to try selson blue shampoo put it on there then take a old toothbrush and rub it in let it sit a few mins and rinse she swears it worked for her kid.

Gillian - posted on 01/17/2012

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ALSO... To prevent future cradle cap, docs recommend NOT using the tearless baby shampoo...

Melissa - posted on 01/17/2012

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There is a cradle cap shampoo that you can get that worked great on all three of my kids. And my kids all came with a ton of hair to begin with. I found it at WalMart and have used it with all of them. The brand is Gentle Naturals and its called Cradle Cap Care. It is pretty thick-more like conditioner than shampoo--and is a little hard to wash out but works well. I just usually shampoo their hair a couple times after using the cradle cap stuff. I used a soft brush to work it into the cradle cap and it works great. It only took 2-4 times using it --depending on how bad the cradle cap was-before it was gone for good.

Lexi - posted on 01/17/2012

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Get Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns!!! It is seriously a MIRACLE worker. My SIL had twin girls a year older than my daughter, and when they were 1.5, she put their hair in pigtails for the first time, and everyone could see how awful their scalps were. It was completely crusted. She said it was just something that he 2 other kids had had also, and that she would just have to wait it out. I gave her that shampoo, and it cleared their scalps right away. It is serious magic. They sell it online, Babies R Us, USA Baby... it's about $12 a bottle. Seriously amazing stuff. And it isn't harsh, since it is made for newborns. And like all Mustela products, it smells so good! Hope that helps!!

Lauren - posted on 01/17/2012

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My son had it so bad his little head would ooze and smell he was missing hair it was just terrible. We took him to the dermatologist they told us in the bath just to use baby oil (let it sit for a min) and that little blue soft brush they give you at the hospital to brush it out. Almost 80% of it was gone the first day. He is now five and still gets baby oil baths because his scalp still drys up really bad.

Sherri - posted on 01/17/2012

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Redkin sells a mens bar soap and amino pon soap for girls. It doesnt have the stuff in it to make it not melt (dissolve) in water. Its very mild natural. It works great for cradle cap just bath whole body and hair with it. It has a wonderful smell too. Just keep in mind you have to keep it out od the water when using or it will melt

Gillian - posted on 01/17/2012

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I dont know if you looking for something that is healthy and works, or something that has chemicals and works... BUT Olive oil rubbed in to the dry skin will work wonderfully, and a more expensive oil that smells wonderful and is all natural, coconut oil, will work wonders too but it costs a bit more than olive and is starts as a solid.

Baby oil can work, but is loaded with scents and other junk that baby doesnt need soaking into his/her head...

Katy - posted on 01/17/2012

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With my daughter, I applied baby oil with a was rag to her head and then used a very soft baby brush to scrub it. A few night of this worked great

Alicia - posted on 01/16/2012

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I'm on my first day of getting rid of my daughter's cradle cap. I used olive oil, after using warm water on her head to open the pours. I then used a baby comb and gently crapped her hair. A lot came up...its working great so far

Katie - posted on 01/16/2012

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olive oil and a baby comb - just rub the oil over the cradle cap and than use comb to pick away the cradle cap. My son had bad cradle cap when he was first born and this seemed to work the best, plus using a wash cloth helps wipe it away. Also they have some kind of wash out there design just for cradle cap, might want to try it.

Kristen - posted on 01/16/2012

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Selsun Blue will get rid of it. Thats what we used on my son. Just sheild his eyes and it will go away. Selsun was what our doctor told us to use. Hope this helps :)

Elle - posted on 01/16/2012

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My ex's nieces had cradle cap and I did what my mother did to my hair as a child to remove conditioner build up every few months which was comb through white vinegar with a fine tooth comb. Be careful and do not get any in their eyes but it works. Check with your doctor but it should be fine

Tracey - posted on 01/16/2012

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Korin, I do have an advanced degree, but it's just not in pharmacy. I've been a mom long enough that my first cradle cap patient is now in high school. I read at least one medical or scientific journal article per week, and have since I was in high school myself. As many medical errors and things that were "right" 15 or 20 years ago that have now been proven wrong, and knowing what I do about the medical profession...let's just say my dad, with his doctorate in pharmacology, doesn't trust it himself, and he's part of it. Had we listened to the faultless-never-to-be-questioned pediatricians, my little brother would have been stuck in an institution for his spina bifida instead of learning to walk, graduating from college, having a job and a girlfriend. Doctors aren't faultless and sometimes recommend stupid things. Using medicated shampoos intended for adults, that contain Class C substances, is one of them. But what do I know, huh?

Elizabeth - posted on 01/16/2012

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i was told by my sister in law, that if you make a p aste of bicarbsoda and water and let it sit on the cardle cap of about an hr it will help take it off but it will take alot applications to make sure it is all gone

Tracey - posted on 01/16/2012

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Jessie, you should probably check all adult shampoos. It's not just what's in them, but how much. I nearly became a pharmacist myself, like my dad, and spent around 10 years working for him as a pharmacy tech. Doses on things are based not just on weight but on developmental stage, and some of the things in these shampoos are marginally safe in the proper dose, but not in the adult dose. I didn't realize until recently about the adult skin absorbing that much of what's used on it, which children and infants absorbing even more, so that's made me really cautious about what I use on my kids/let my teens use! There may very well be other remedies that are more natural (olive oil sounds good, but I know that Mustela worked wonders for my kids) that I just didn't know about when my kids were small. I only really started getting into doing things more safely and naturally since about a year before I was pregnant with my youngest.

Jessie - posted on 01/16/2012

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Tracey, is the. Auction just against Selsun Blue or all dandruff type shampoos? I looked up sensitive 2 in 1 head and shoulders and didn't find anything negative on it. Also the Disney natural care is an oil not a shampoo. Smells great!

Tracey - posted on 01/16/2012

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I posted a caution on Selsun Blue's active ingredient down the thread. Again, adult skin will absorb 80% of what's put on it, and an infant's skin is far more sensitive.



It's far better to use something actually made for getting rid of cradle cap, regardless of what some apparently clueless pediatricians think. I don't think the Disney shampoo that's being mentioned was around when my youngest had cradle cap several years ago, but Mustela's been around for decades. No, I don't sell it. They change which chains carry it from time to time, and some small, independent children's stores do carry it (I originally found it in one). Most recently I got it at USA Baby. They have both a Newborn Shampoo, plus a new product specifically for cradle cap. Here's the link for their shampoo: http://www.mustelausa.com/content/foam-s... And there's a retail locator on their website.

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My doctor told me to use a little Head and Shoulders. I did and it worked great. They also get it behind their ears sometimes and you can put it back there as well.

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2012

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my daughter had THE WORST cradle cap for about 2 months....wat i did was soak her head in pure virgin olive oil & gently worked the dead skin out with a baby comb...nothing worked better than that. It doesnt make the baby uncomfortable either...if anything it soothed my daughter while i massaged her head & put her to sleep :)

Kaytee - posted on 01/16/2012

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Head and shoulders took care of it for my daughter within a couple washes, she had very stubborn cradle cap and gentle naturals didn't touch it. Just have to be very careful not to get it in their eyes.

Jessie - posted on 01/16/2012

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Kristine, I loved and used that stuff for my daughters cradle cap and it worked wonderful, but only so so for my son's. I was disappointed it didn't work as well. His was much worse though.

Kristine - posted on 01/16/2012

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My son had cradle cap when he was a baby & I used Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care... I used it like 3 times as directed & it was gone & he will be 4 in April & it hasn't returned nor does he have any type of dandruff problem (his dad & I struggle with dandruff have since we were babies) .... I have tried it on myself but my hair is really thick & long easier on short type hair BUT GREAT STUFF!!!!!

Martha - posted on 01/15/2012

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Washing the hair daily and brushing it with a baby hair brush helps. Also, a rub of baby oil on their scalp will help loosen it up and wash the head with a wash rag with baby shampoo on it, rubbing gently will help clear it up.

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