My 4 month old son has a dry scalp and I would like to know what to use to fix it??

Renae - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 212 moms have responded )

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I have used baby lotion and sorbalene, but it doesn't seem to work.

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Ashley - posted on 09/27/2009

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Neither of my children have had this... but I definately don't agree with head and shoulders or selsun blue shampoo - read the chemicals in it and you'll understand why! My doctors have advised me with both my children to bath them 2-3 nights (babys skin is very easily dried out... over washing can cause very irriated dry skin) and to make sure I'm scrubbing their heads in a circular motion while washing, and while rinsing. Secondly, when rinsing make sure you rinse EVERYTHING out... if you have to use a fresh cup of water over the baby's head to make sure there's no bubbles! Thirdly, massage some baby oil into the baby's scalp, again... in a circular motion. Circles make sure that the dry skin doesnt just get coated with the oil, but also the dry edges get well moisturized. If you feel the need to bath baby more than every 2-3 nights, take a damp sponge or cloth and go over baby, or... just lay baby in a bit of fresh water with no soap what-so-ever. Hope this helps!

Marissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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I have used a toddler toothbrush and olive oil..like the kind you cook with. I tried baby oil but that made it worse for him. I waited til my baby was sleep and I rubbed the oil in his scalp, brushed it in with the toothbrush and when he woke up I put him in the tub and washed the oil out of his hair. It worked for us, I hope it helps

Jaime - posted on 09/29/2009

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Wow, my son had cradle cap and my mom had some pretty good advise. Leave it alone, and it will eventually go away! I wouldn't dream of putting chemicals on my baby's delicate skin! If you pay attention at walmart to the babies, several have scabs on their heads... Can you imagine why? All the people lathering them up with chemicals, and picking at them. Poor things. Save your little one the irritation, and just leave it alone. It will go away (it is in no way going to hurt him to leave it be)

Brittany - posted on 10/04/2009

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try olive oil or shea butter oil...its a little thicker but it works...my son has eczema and dry scalp and it was the only thing that seemed to work...GOOD LUCK ;)

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Brittney - posted on 07/16/2014

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I'm using Johnson's Baby Oil Gel (the shea and cocoa butter kind) right now. hope it works!!!

Megan - posted on 10/04/2009

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Try switching to another baby wash, I use the Johnson's oatmeal wash for my boys and also that Vaseline Aloe Fresh gel stuff on my 2 month old and he has super sensitive skin so it's the only thing that doesn't cause him to break out. But it drys quickly and isn't sticky when you go to put it on, and it doesn't leave a greasy residue like most lotions. It works within the first few times using it.

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i would only lotion or baby oil after a bath. make sure all soap is rinsed out thoroughly then apply a little lotion or oil while hair and scalp are still wet. it may help

Marissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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I have used a toddler toothbrush and olive oil..like the kind you cook with. I tried baby oil but that made it worse for him. I waited til my baby was sleep and I rubbed the oil in his scalp, brushed it in with the toothbrush and when he woke up I put him in the tub and washed the oil out of his hair. It worked for us, I hope it helps

Heather - posted on 10/04/2009

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It is probably cradle cap. My pediatrician told me to use dandruff shampoo on my baby. I got like head and shoulders with aloe. I used it every day for 1-2wks. then 2 days a week for about 2mos. now he does not need it at all. I think is is better than getting a strong perscription. I also believe baby oil will make it worse. Cradle cap is caused from the oil glands starting to open on the head and they can get clogged easily.

Erin - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Krystal:

MY 6 MONTH OLD HAS IT TO WEN YOU ARE WASHING HIS HAIR SCRUBB WITH A WASH CLOTH AND BRUSH AFTER AND THEN LOTION LOTION LOTION ITS CRADEL CAP THEY HAVE ALOT OF PRODUCTS FOR IT BUT THIS IS WHAT I FOUND WORKS BEST FOR BOTH OF MY BOYS HOPE IT CAN WORK FOR YOU


I understand we are supposed to be helping each other here but scrubbing a 6 month olds head? WOW parents need to understand that cradle cap can effect a child up to a year old. Small amounts of lotion should be all you need.

Angie - posted on 10/04/2009

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Is it also called Cradle Cap??? It is best to leave it alone babies have very sensitive skin and irritate easily.............. some just have it others don't, some have very little others have alot. If it is really bad use baby oil and baby fine tooth comb very gently to remove some of it, but you can't get rid of all!

Angie - posted on 10/04/2009

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Is it also called Cradle Cap??? It is best to leave it alone babies have very sensitive skin and irritate easily.............. some just have it others don't, some have very little others have alot. If it is really bad use baby oil and baby fine tooth comb very gently to remove some of it, but you can't get rid of all!

Rebekah - posted on 10/04/2009

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hey my lil girl had dry scalp and i how i got rid of it was i used almond oil and geting a baby brush soft bristle one and rub the almond oil into scalp everyday and soon it will go but to keep it away do it after u wash babys hair, in the morning time is best to so the oil dont go on to his sheets well hope that helps good luck

Lady Floss - posted on 10/04/2009

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There is some stuff you can get at WalMart for $1.50. Its for cradle cap. Works GREAT!! It does not take your lil ones hair out when you brush it out either. Its in a green bottle with pooh bear lookin friends om it!! Hope this helps you

Melissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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When my daughter was a baby she had horrible dry scalp (cradle cap) and I tried everything the doctor prescribed. All the ointments and creams, everything. One day I decided to use my conditioner and after one use I saw a difference. After 2 - 3 times it was gone - forever! What I used was Pantene ProV. Try it! It may work wonders for you as well.

Stephanie - posted on 10/04/2009

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I used baby oil on my daughters head. I would put it on before her bath, rub it in good and let it sit on her head for about 30 minutes. Then I would use her baby comb to gently brush it off - it flakes off really easy!! Then I bathed her to get the oil out. Sometimes it takes two bathes or shampoos to get it out tho...hope this helps :)

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After giving a bath, try baby oil, it'll take a few times of doing it, but it will loosen it up enough for you to pick it off. babies will have cradle cap until to a 12 months, so even if you clear it all up now, changes are it'll come back, but the baby oil helps

Carrie - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have 4 and I always used baby oil and ran a baby brush over there heads when they had that problem. Cleared it right up.

Alexandra - posted on 10/03/2009

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My doctor told me last week to use Head and Shoulders every 3 days but i like Aquaphor. Baby Oil does work as well

Lacie - posted on 10/03/2009

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My son is 3 and always gets a dry scalp. Baby oil is the best bet. Makes there hair look a little greasy but helps so much. I always put it on his head at night before bed and by morning you usually can't tell it was in there.

Parica - posted on 10/03/2009

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baby oil. put it on his head and let it sit there for just a little bit. i will be hard to get out but it worked on my first child

Jasmine - posted on 10/03/2009

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they have cradle cap shampoo i'm not sure what the name of it is buti'm sure u can find some anywhere they sale baby products

Kasey - posted on 10/03/2009

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The new baby oil gel they have out-soak it then comb thru while in the bath!! It comes right out!!

Honey - posted on 10/03/2009

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I recommend any baby wash with oatmeal in it preferably aveeno baby wash; or you could just blend or process oats until you have a very fine, consistent powder, and you can sprinkle this under running warm water in the tub for your baby's bath.

Nancy - posted on 10/03/2009

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any kind of oil, baby oil, olive oil etc... goop it on... (lol), kinda messy... leave for as long as you can... with a comb it'll scrap of quite easily... then shampoo, you may have to shampoo a couple of times to get the oil out... do this as often as necessary... works really well..

Bridgette - posted on 10/03/2009

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with my daughter I put babyoil on her head over night and then combed at much as I could out with a baby comb then bathed her. It took a couple times. Its probably cradle cap.

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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I am a mother of 3 & a grandmother of 3. I have always used baby oil. Rub it on the scalp and then comb thru. It takes a few times to get it all though. But my granddaughters pediatrition told me that at the pharmacy they have a new cream that u can use for this. I do not remember the name of it. But I am sure u can ask the pharmacist and they should know. Hope that I was of some help.

Jenny - posted on 10/03/2009

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my two month had horrible cradle cap i started using dove's baby shampoo it has worked great for cradle cap and i also used baby oil and a comb after the bath and within a few weeks it is pretty much completely gone ..

Tiffany - posted on 10/03/2009

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My 2 month old girl has cradle cap and I use Gentle Naturals Cradle cap care. It has winnie the pooh on front. I found it at walmart in the baby area. It works ok but the thing is you have to get a comb and get the flakes out after you shampoo..and she doesn't like it much but it works. You might give that a try!

Amanda - posted on 10/03/2009

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My dr told me to use head and shoulders for 2 days along with cortizone cream after washing. leave it in over night and do it again the next night at bath. it should only take 2 days to cure.

Chrissy - posted on 10/03/2009

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its craddle cap use baby oil and a baby brush do it whenever its looks dry that what i did and it works well....

Allie - posted on 10/03/2009

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instead of using baby oil, I used baby gel, which is a thicker form of oil. It sets in before it runs all over.

Christina - posted on 10/03/2009

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Quoting Chasity:



Quoting dejay:

i highly doubt using head and shoulders or any other product like that would any good for your baby! there is chemicals in that stuff I dont even want to put on my own head! I have found that baby oil is the only things to work for me! If you can stand the smell, Tea Tree Oil works wonderful!! you can get it at any Natural food store, or some drug stores






I dont think that a pediatricion would suggest something harmful. I used the selsun blue and had no problems. Just thought I would point that out!





 



No offense but i happen to know for a fact that some pediatricions are quacks and dont know what the heck there talking about, there is a reason they make baby shampoo and soap. Babies have sensitive skin and the harsh cemicals in Adult soaps and shampoo CAN be harmfull to your baby. Just because one mom did it and there baby turned out ok dont mean all should, are u willing to take that risk with ur baby?? Sorry but thats my opinion, there is alot of safer ways to take care of cradle cap. ;-)

MaryAnn - posted on 10/03/2009

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My doctor always said to get a baby tooth brush - very soft one and use baby oil and comb through

Mary - posted on 10/03/2009

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my daughters dr told me to use head and shoulders as long as you don't get it in her eyes. works good :)

MA. LYRA - posted on 10/02/2009

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some moms put baby oil on their babys scalp but as they grow it will actually disappear without using anything

Jodie - posted on 10/02/2009

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Its called cradle cap n my dr told me to nrush my sons hair is circles while i washed it n it went right away but my mom had to use baby oil on m hair when i was little

Brittany - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter had craddle cap. They have a shampoo for this in the baby care asile. But to save money, after i gave her a bath, i took her fine toothed baby comb and gently scraped it off her head. it doesn't hurt them and it shouldn't bother him either

ElizaBeth - posted on 10/02/2009

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Here's what i did with my little one. They have the little baby starter toothbrushes that you just slip on to you index finger. use one of those to GENTLY rub down the babys head. a little baby soap. Make sure it's not anything scented though. The scented soaps(yes even the Johnson's with Lavender) can really dry your childs skin out if you use them before the child is about 6 months. so that may be the problem or it may be Cradle cap which is pretty common. May littly girl had it really bad and i used the toothbrush(really really soft one lol) and it was gone that day. Dry scalp may take a little longer though . Good Luck

Mary - posted on 10/02/2009

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Get a baby brush, and baby oil. when you give him a bath and after u dry him off and get him dressed. put some baby oil on ur hands and rub on his head and comb his head afterwards. U can do this threw out the day more then 3 times a day. you dont really have to do it after bath time, if you see that his hair is dry get the baby oil and comb.

Angela - posted on 10/02/2009

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I have used baby oil and that seemed to work quite well. My 4 year old had dry scalp for a little while and I used baby oil and after about 2 weeks it's gone.

Heather - posted on 10/02/2009

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If its cradle cap, i've used olive oil. It stinks, but it took care of most of the dry skin.

Stacy - posted on 10/02/2009

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I don't know if anyone's posted about this or not, but my son had bad craddle cap. I got this mit thing from babies r us and it worked GREAT! It's made for that and all u have to do is put either baby soap or baby oil on their head, leave it for 5-10 min, then rub it with the mit and comb through hair with this comb that comes with it. I didn't think it was really going to work when I bought it, but it was on for half price so I figured why not give it a shot,and it actually works really well.

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