Does anyone know of a cure for cradle cap besides the old standard methods of baby oil, olive oil, etc etc that don't really cure it rather than take it off for a day???

Krista - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My baby has cradle cap. I've tried the oils and they are ok for the time being but it's not a cure. By the next day, the flakes are back! I went to the pharmacist and was told to use Nizoral once a week so we are trying that but does anyone else have any suggestions. I also use Head and Shoulders being careful not to get it in her eyes because cradle cap is a form of dandruff and someone told me that this will help

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Jessica - posted on 02/24/2009

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cradle cap is a form of seroboric dermatitis if you avoid all the baby bath products with sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) in it you may find the cradle cap lessens this is what i found with all 3 of my kids

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2009

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Have you tried Eucerin cream? I am a pharmacy tech and I know that is what we always suggest.

Skye - posted on 02/23/2009

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Breast milk works fab on cradle cap, just squeeze some on everytime you feed bub and within a couple days it will be gone

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2009

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My daughter had it bad! I used Disneys naurals cradle cap care, Not only did I get all of it off in one use but it has not came back! I love it!! Just kinda greasy, so give her a bath afterwards!

Jayde - posted on 02/23/2009

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hey,

this may sound a little gross but when my daughter had cradle cap an old lady told me to rub butter in to it and it worked really well. good luck!

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Elisa - posted on 02/25/2009

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Using oils is the worst thing you can do. Cradle cap is actually an over production of oils in their skin. Comb her hair regular, it will clear up in a few weeks.

Katie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Yes I know the perfect thing to use. My daughter had the same thing and I got  what is called "Gentle Naturals, Cradle Cap Care", it's a light green bottle and it has Winnie the Pooh on it. I used just a little dab on her hair, then rinse, then use her normal shampoo after you rinse the other stuff out. Then after the bath I would use a comb and brush at the front of her scalp and back ( this would help get a lot of it out) I would do this only like twice a week. Just remember to only use a tiny amount b/c it will be really greasy looking if you use to much!! You can get it at like Walmart or Target. Good-luck!!  =)

Peggy - posted on 02/25/2009

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We were told put a warm wet wash cloth on our son's head and then after a few moment take a soft brush and lift the scales then apply a small amount of olive oil on his head and leave on for alittle while then wash it off.



We ended up not trying it because my sister had given me the Disney craddle cap and we did that and it worked very well and he never got it back. Craddle cap was something we battled for a while. It got so bad that he lost a lot of his hair and it started to bleed!! It looked awful! Good luck!

Tara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I used the baby oil and rubbed it in a circular motion with a baby brush before wash his hair. I would need to do this every three or four days. I know that it is a pain but if you do not find something that works better just keep at this. I had to do it for probably a couple of months but the craddle cap did eventually go away.

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey there the best thing is liquid paraffin jus tell the chemist it is for cradle capp otherwise they will not sell it to u, as it is a laxative n it works great(for the babys head) my annabelle had it really bad n it cleared up in no time n when it starts to come back jus put a bit on with cotton wool see how ya get on!!!

Amy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I treid the baby oil too and found it wasn't doing much. My baby had it really bad, so i tried doing a bit of everything. I applied baby oil on the area 3 times a day. During his bath i would put baby shampoo on his head and rub it in, leave it in till the end of his bath, after his bath i would comb the area and the apply baby oil and again comb the area. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and its pretty much gone. baby oil does work you just have to keep applying it. 

Amy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I treid the baby oil too and found it wasn't doing much. My baby had it really bad, so i tried doing a bit of everything. I applied baby oil on the area 3 times a day. During his bath i would put baby shampoo on his head and rub it in, leave it in till the end of his bath, after his bath i would comb the area and the apply baby oil and again comb the area. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and its pretty much gone. baby oil does work you just have to keep applying it. 

Amy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I treid the baby oil too and found it wasn't doing much. My baby had it really bad, so i tried doing a bit of everything. I applied baby oil on the area 3 times a day. During his bath i would put baby shampoo on his head and rub it in, leave it in till the end of his bath, after his bath i would comb the area and the apply baby oil and again comb the area. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and its pretty much gone. baby oil does work you just have to keep applying it. 

Chantal - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi there.  Try not to use any baby shampoo's as i found that was the cause of my baby getting craddle cap. I think head and shoulders might be a bit strong.  I shaved his head and smeared his head full of butter with a warm damp towl wrapped arround his head.  i left that on for as long as he would allow me to and then wiped it off with a warm cloth and then put olive oil on. i did that for two or three nights until it was completely gone. I havent used any baby soaps or baby shampoo's since and he hasnt gotten craddle cap again.  shame i hope you come right and this help... keep us updated

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2009

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it helps if you leave it on for a minute or two also, I would do her hair first and leave the shampoo on while I washed the rest of her, give her head a good scrub (gently of course, but just as if you were massaging her or giving her a light scratch as if her head were itchy) and then rinse it off, definitely being careful not to get it in her eyes.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2009

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I agree with the Head and Shoulders. I used it every other day, I found otherwise it started to irritate the skin around her hair, her forehead etc, but it did work. I didn't use it for more than a week and her cradle cap was completely gone. Nothing else really worked, the oil or brush or cream or anything, but the dandruff shampoo worked wonders.

Kathryn - posted on 02/23/2009

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I used to brush as much off as possible with those soft brushes and then slather it in Vaseline. But my friend's doctor said to use head and shoulders shampoo since radle cap is basically like dandruff.

Amber - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son also had problems with cradle cap. I finally got a prescription of hydrocortison lotion. I used a very small amount of that mixed with aveeno intense mositurizing lotion. I never used shampoo in his hair, instead just used water and lightly scrubbed his head with the cloth, then combed out the flakes while his head was in the water. After the bath I applied the two lotions and also again at bedtime. It was completely gone within a month.

I hope this works for you as I know how frustrating this can be!!

Erica - posted on 02/23/2009

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hey My first son got cradle cap, and we used selsin blue 4times a week and leave it on for 10min it was the only thing that i know that actually worked and we were also told cortizone cream which i never did

Liz - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi there! My son had it and I used Head and Shoulders shampoo. Honestly. You have to be super careful not to let it get in their eyes, but once I started using it, it was gone.

Amanda - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son had horrible cradle cap also. What found works the best is a cradle cap treatment kit put out by johnson and johnson. It comes witha special comb, shampoo, lotion and condition. It cleared him within a week and can be bought at any walmart (that's where I found it atleast) but I sure any pharmacy would have it to.

Natasha - posted on 02/23/2009

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when my son had it, i gave him a bath washed his hair , then put babyoil in it... then i took a comb ( the one u get in ur package from the hospital.. almost like a lice comb.. and i let him fall asleep on me then sat there and just picked it i kept brushing makin sure i got close to the sculp and it seemed to work...i jus had a cloth there to clean the comb on.. try it it you already didnt.. it might work for you..

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2009

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My MIL is a mother of 9 and has been a NICU nurse for 20 yrs. She told me to use the soft bristle brush when giving them a bath. I used it on both of my boys and it worked great...and they loved the feeling of having their head massaged! When you're shampooing their hair (I use Johnson's) brush in a circular motion, this helps to stimulate their natural oils in their scalp. You do not need to put anything on them after bathing, and they should not be bathed every day either. That will make it worse and cause their skin to be more dry. 



I hope this helps!

Allison - posted on 02/23/2009

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haha those heads are so amazing in the beggining aren't they? It's shocking the neck can support it even in such a short amount of time. My one sister... her 2nd daughter had like strawberry blonde peach fuzz for hair when she was born... and the color rubbed out onto her hats/blankets/etc. and now she's got lots of hair and it's super blonde (she's almost 5 now lol). But there are so many different things to consider with every little head out there it seems. I'm just curious to see how my daughter will be when she arrives. It's my first... and she'll be a planned c-section on the 3rd of March.

Krista - posted on 02/23/2009

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well...she had lots of hair when she was born, but then her head grew faster than the hair LOL

Allison - posted on 02/23/2009

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lol yeah... i was a bald kiddo for many years... but my baby is showing tons of hair in all her ultrasounds... so i've been trying to figure out this stuff from my sister inlaws haha If i hear anything else... that has worked for someone... I'll write again. Good luck! (maybe mayonase? like the butter comment... she may just need more moisture to the scalp i suppose?)

Allison - posted on 02/23/2009

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my sister in law's new baby was getting it too... and so she just cut his hair really short... kinda almost mr. clean looking. But it's working for him. If he/she has enough hair maybe try that out if you want?

Milinda - posted on 02/23/2009

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for my children when they had cradle cap before bedtime rub baby oil all over the cradle cap leave it overnight, in the morning give them a bath and with a comb just brush the cradle cap off it will be loose it worked for me good luck

Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have seen the Disney stuff at Babies R Us and many different drug stores such as CVS etc. Its has a picture of Baby Pooh on it and is light green in color! I used their diaper ointment for y daughter and it worked pretty well!

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2009

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I got it from wal-mart, but they probably have it at babiesrus or maybe Meijers??

Cassondra - posted on 02/23/2009

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I found something at walmart called gental care treatment for cradle cap and it works great...

Lorrie - posted on 02/23/2009

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I just put some baby oil on my daughters head where she was getting the cradle cap and then I used her baby brush and scrubbed it softly until it was all gone. We never had any issues after that!

Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2009

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Gerber has a great system for cradle cap. It has three steps, a shampoo, an oil and comb! It worked really well for my sisters little boy(my daughter never needed it)! I believe she either got it at Babies R Us and/or CVS! Hope this helps, Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 02/23/2009

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My doctor said to use the little soft brush they send home with you from the hospital. I don't know if you got one of those for your babies first bath? Anyway, it's a little soft bristled flat brush that you can gently scrub their scalp with. Whenever I bathe my daugther I use a tiny bit of Arbonne baby shampoo & gently scrub her scalp in a circular motion. Then, when I dry her head off I use the fine toothed comb to get flakes & scabs off. I know soap can be irritating to their skin & cause dryness. If you are interested; I'd be happy to give you more information on how to order ARBONNE products ... they're all natural but can only be ordered online thru an independent consultant (kind of like Mary Kay, Avon etc). I'd be happy to get you started on the awesome line of all natural baby products which are very gentle!

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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My doctor told me to put shampoo in and leave it for 15 minutes. We also spent extra time coming that section of hair after a bath and trying to lift it off or even lightly scratch the area to lift up the goo.

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