Cradle cap treatment

Tania - posted on 01/06/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son had terrible case of cradle cap. The dr. said it was normal, but it looked horrible.It was all over his head and some acne on his cheeks. Aiden would be so itchy he would scratch his poor head all the time and if his nails were sharp enough ... he would make little wounds. I tried a few things: Mustela cradle cap lotion ... did not help! Johnson & Johnson baby lotion ... was not enough. Baby oil ... also didn't do the trick. Before trying Selsun Blue like the dr. recommended )have to be very careful it doesn't get in the baby's eyes), my husband put Neutrogena hand cream )that we happen to have) on Aiden's head after his bath before bedtime. Three days later ... ALL GONE!! I know it sounds crazy, but it worked like a charm. His head is soft and smooth and during the day I put some baby oil on it to keep it moisturized. Try it!

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Andria - posted on 03/24/2009

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When my daughter was a baby she had cradle cap so bad, we tried everything. From head and shoulders to mineral oil. It turned out she had eczema in her hair. She would scratch her scalp til it bled. We had to go to a dermitologist to get a medicated foam to put on her scalp. It took awhile to start seeing results, but it worked. We had to battle the itching and flakes for 4 years. Now I use T-Gel to keep it under control. I also use cetaphil soap and lotion to keep the eczema on her skin at bay.

Jan - posted on 03/24/2009

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I rubbed my sons head and forehead with a washcloth to exfoliate with he was in the tub then out aveeno soothing moisture lotion on it and it was gone in days.  I love this lotion for everything baby including my hands since he is constantly shewing on me!

Leanne - posted on 03/22/2009

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Thanks for the tip, I will try the hand cream as well as head and shoulders as my son (4mths) has it badly and it is just awful. I have tried all the oils and dentinox shampoo. I am afriad to comb some of it though as it looks so red underneath I dont want to force the skin off and risk infection.

Jen - posted on 01/12/2009

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My DD had it bad too and we tried everything. The last thing I used that helped was olive oil. Kept it on for 15 minutes then washed it out then brushed her hair - almost all gone. Maybe I will try the Neutrogena hand cream, also. Thanks for the tip.

Laura - posted on 01/10/2009

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Good to know..we have been using Johnson and Johnson baby oil wash, its not as greasy as just oil and seems to be doing the trick.  My son was also waking up scratching at his head.

Kelli - posted on 01/06/2009

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My little one had horrible cradle cap too. Head and Shoulders shampoo! Her scalp is perfect, and smells good!

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