Cradle Cap

Erin - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Hi. My son will be 9 months on the 28th of may. He had terrible cradle cap as a newborn. It seemed to have went away for a while. I was using the baby oil on his head and brushing an hour before his bath every time, which was every 2-3 days. It has seemed to come back. I've been doing the baby oil again and it doesn't seem to be working this time. Is there any suggestions from anyone on how to take care of the little issue.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and possibly help!!!!! :)

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Katie - posted on 05/21/2010

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my ex's mum suggested using a baby wipe on it when my daughter had it - just do little circles gently once or twice a day on the affected areas. kairi's wasn't bad but it cleared it up within a few days

Kelly - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi Erin and Ladies,
I have 3, and all 3 of mine had some cradle cap at some point. Here's the bottom line. Even if you get it to go away temporarily, it will come back if it wants to, no matter how many times you comb it out. The more important thing is that it doesn't bother baby at all. It bothers us, because it looks like it might be annoying, but it's not for them. This info is per my pediatrician. My daughter (who will be 5 on 5/27!) had it as an infant, and I finally gave up trying to comb it out. Eventually her hair covered it, and I would remove the cradle cap less often. She STILL has a tiny bit of it, but you can't see it at all (her hair covers it), it doesn't bother her at all, and I don't do anything with it. We've always used mineral oil and a comb to comb it out. So, in short, try not to worry about it. If people comment about it just say, "My pediatrician says he's perfect!" =-)
~Kelly

Kari - posted on 05/19/2010

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I had the same problem with my son who's also 9 months. Our ped recommended we try Sebalex shampoo (not prescription - but we could only find it at Walgreens in our city). We use it 2 times a week because it's so drying. We also have recently purchased the Safety 1st Cradle Cap care kit - comprised of a fine tooth comb, a rubber scrubber brush, and a nubby glove. We also used these with baby oil. So far, the combination of these two products have kept the cradle cap gone for almost a week, the longest it's been gone for us. Hopefully this will help!

Erin - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son had it.. I just put baby oil on his head and brushed it with i bristle brush b4 his baths

Krista - posted on 05/18/2010

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I've always left the shampoo to soak on his head while I gave my son the rest of his bath... after he's all done, I go back to his soapy head and brush with his hairbrush, rinse, dry off, and put some baby oil on the cap areas. I've also been told to try head and shoulders though too. And he just got it back recently, so I'm not sure which way I'm gonna go with this one. But both have worked. :)

Claire - posted on 05/17/2010

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Hi...I have used a soft toothbrush to exfoliate cradle cap and a comb with very tight teeth if needed to comb the dead skin from the scalp. The cradle cap won't go away until the dead skin is removed. Putting oil on it helps it look better, but it actually makes it harder for the flakes to fall off. Try Aveeno after the bath to help it look better and moisture the fresh scalp if needed..... I never reply to anything on here, but this caught my eye...
I've had four babies with cradle cap and I'm a pediatric RN, so plenty of experiments done!

Becci - posted on 05/17/2010

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Hey, i have this fun and game too with my baby as its soo bad... i tried the sampoo stuff ehich is supose to get rid of it but its doesnt. im srry i dont know of nay thing else but baby oil n a very fine comb (like a nit comb lol) try not to do it for too long though, as it will make your babys head sore n red which can cause to to come back more! xx

Roanelda - posted on 05/17/2010

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HI my son is also 9 months old. He had a terrible case of cradle cap at 2 months old. I used every oil imaginable but it just kept coming back. I then decided to shave off his hair, then treated it again. It went away and never came back....it was easier to treat with the hair.. :-)

Stacey - posted on 05/17/2010

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hi,my son liam and daughter lily both had and keep getting cradle cap i have found rubbing warm olive oil on thier scalp and letting it sit for about 1/2hour then shampooing it off with baby shampoo,then when hair dries,brush with a soft baby brush over scalp.i have found that this lifts most of the cradle cap off and does'nt seem to bother the kids,liam is know 5 and des'nt seem to get it anymore,hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 05/16/2010

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My baby had really bad cradle cap as a newborn. Regular dandruff shampoo didn't work so I used the generic for selsun blue and scrubbed his head with a soft brush while the shampoo was still on his head. Just be careful when rinsing. You don't want to get that in his eyes.

Casey - posted on 05/16/2010

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There is some stuff by a baby product, I cant remember the name of it butit has tigger and pooh on the front of it and it specifically for cradle cap. try that. Mine also has cradle cap. I hadcradle cap until i was 13 myself. Hope it gets better

Kat - posted on 05/15/2010

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My son had the same thing and I used Cetaphil cleanser NOT facial cleanser as soap for a long time still is b/c he has ezcema everywhere. He had cradle cap on TOP of his head and turns out it's also ezcema. So if you baby is scratching then it's more likely ezcema and combo with cradle cap. My pedi told me to use Sebulux which is the same as Selsun Blue (medicated kind) use it to scrub his head. However, when my baby kept on scratching his head meaning I would wake up finding blood spots it's ezcema so i use the med that was prescribed and it disappear. Cradle cap is not the only thing that cuz their head to itch so use a lil' bit to test a spot. My son just turned 9 months. Hope my tips help. Good luck!!! Poor baby.

Corinne - posted on 05/14/2010

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Are you sure it is cradle cap? I have 3 yr old and almost 9 month old sons who both have severe food allergies. The baby had HORRIBLE "cradle cap"...at least we thought at 1st. Luckily I was already educated about food allergies and knew it might be from that. We had bloodwork done twice on him. The 1st time nothing showed up. It is common for food allergies not to show up on tests until they are around 2. The second time it showed dairy and the allergist told me to assume shellfish since he breaks out in hives when I ate it...I nurse. I quit the foods that he reacted to, took him to the allergist and dermatologist and we got him on medicines, creams, and ointments. Switch to All Free and Clear laundry detergent....no dryer sheets. Use a baby wash free of everything! Remember it's raw, so brushing might aggrivate it more. I would ask about allergies.

Kim - posted on 05/13/2010

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Both of my kids had it and I really didn't now what it was with my oldest. When I noticed my daughter had it, I asked my doctor what it was and what to do. He suggested I use Head and Shoulders every other day. It took only a few weeks for it to go away on both kids. It's been about 3-4 month and its still gone. The trial size bottle should the trick. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010

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My little guy had some really bad cradle cap and eczema. All of the over the counter stuff didn't work for us. (the baby oil, dandriff shampoo, regular lotions, etc.) I had to get a prescription anti dandriff shampoo and some hydrocortizone for the itching. Vanicream has also done wonders. My case may be extreme, but I would talk to your pediatrician.

Sarah - posted on 05/12/2010

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I'm pretty big into natural treatments, especially for my little one. Our pediatrician recommended organic extra virgin coconut oil...it's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and extra moisturizing. To tell the truth, Lucy's cc has dwindled to just a few small spots and I haven't treated it in a while...she might have outgrown it...don't know. But I know that the evco works! It helped a lot.

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2010

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I used a small amount of selson blue at every bath time. Just dont let it get in his eyes. It worked great

Mary - posted on 05/11/2010

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My baby had awful cradle cap. I tried using all of the cradle cap remedies from the store, but they didn't work. Her doctor prescribed Selsun Blue, which you can buy in the shampoo aisle. I ended up using Head & Shoulders every day to wash her hair. The doctor said to leave it sit on her head for a few minutes. Be careful not to get it into his eyes. It completely cleared up in less than a week! (I had been battling it for months!) Good Luck!

Kristin - posted on 05/11/2010

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It could could be an allergy to a food you are giving him or he has an allergy to milk. Once I stopped drinking milk, my baby was okay (she's breastfed so whatever I eat, she eats!) It was tough to go off the milk, but she stopped with all the symptoms

Victoria - posted on 05/11/2010

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Oh Rebecca, I have always "lubed" my son with baby magic baby lotion and he hasn't had a problem with his scalp whatsoever..All you do when you put it on their hair is use their baby brush and it will make it nice and soft...Well it does for my son...any way hope that helps

Victoria - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son is 9 months and although he hasn't had this problem I have heard that making sure you scrub their heads clean and use the "cradle cap" lotion it should help..I have also heard about baby oil but I honestly don't have a clue what to do...Im sorry I was no help...

Allison - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am so glad someone asked this. My daughter is 8 and a half mths and has had longer hair since birth. I just want to know if any of the poeple who put lotion on the babys head after bath found it made the abbys hair greasy?

Lisa - posted on 05/10/2010

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my little girl is 9 months and still gets craddle cap. when the shamoo is on her head ill comb it and it loosens it off. =] also make sure all the shampoo is off has cradle cap is dried shampoo =]

Michelle - posted on 05/10/2010

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Both of my children had this same problem. After brushing and baby oil didn't work, my pediatrician recommended using Neutrogena T-Gel. It stinks and you have to make sure you don't get it in their eyes, but it is excellent. It works immediately. I only had to use it twice (once a week for two weeks) on both of my kids and it never came back. Put a pea size amount on the top of the head and use a baby comb to comb it into the scalp making sure not to get any soap in your babies eyes.

Rebecca - posted on 05/10/2010

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Right after his bath, take a comb and go back and forth until you get all the flakies you can out. Give him a bath every day and lotion his head real good. I did it to my daughter when she was four months old and has kept up with her baths and lotions(we use baby oil gel in her hair where she has so much, it doesn't look greasy) and hasn't had it since. Good Luck!!

Brittani - posted on 05/09/2010

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All 3 of my kids had this rub some A&D on it and use a comb and a baby brush then put some lotion on it.

Kathleen - posted on 05/09/2010

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they have some over the counter forms of cradle cap shampoos and lotions. I only had 1 baby that has this problem and these seemed to work for her. also a mousturizing baby lotion after bathing helps too

Jennifer - posted on 05/08/2010

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Our doctor also said Head and Shoulders. Be careful of the little ones eyes but I used it on Lainey when she was about a month old and it worked like a charm!

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I remember reading somewhere that cradle cap is a form of psoriasis so might be worth asking the GP for some kind of medicated shampoo to use. Hope this helps x

Margarita - posted on 05/08/2010

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My pediatrician is actually the one that suggested using dandruff shampoo. I used olive oil as a moisturizer in the beginning but it made it worse, our doctor told us that the consistency of olive oil is too thick and clogs the pores in his scalp.

Erin - posted on 05/07/2010

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Thank you all for the suggestions! :) Margarita, did you have to talk with your son's doctor before using the dandruff shampoo?

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my son has ezcema and really bad cradle cap. he ripped out almost all his hair scratching. i find that using a plain, unscented shampoo every other day works. when you rinse the shampoo out put a little olive oil in the water. and then every night put vaseline on his head.

Krystal - posted on 05/07/2010

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My son (8 1/2 months) had this problem as well. I started using Aveeno MOisture Shampoo about 2 weeks ago and his dandruff has improved completly!! Baby oil didn't work either. Good luck!

Margarita - posted on 05/07/2010

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I wash my son's hair with dandruff shampoo and use a baby brush to work it into his scalp. Then once out of the bath I apply jojoba oil and work it into his scalp to keep it moisturized.

Heather - posted on 05/07/2010

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My daughter has has some trouble with this, too. I usually gently scrub it with a washcloth before washing her hair, then use a soft bristled brush in a circular motion after her bath (cuz it's softened) to get the rest. I do put some Aveeno baby lotion on after I do that, and it usually keeps it from coming back for quite awhile. Since I've started doing that, she only gets small (dime sized) spots here and there on occassion. I just always put lotion on that part of her head after a bath.

Hope that helps. =)

Emily - posted on 05/05/2010

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My daughter had this briefly and I rubbed in olive oil and brushed, seemed to do the trick. Putting lotion on afterward also seemed to help some. Good luck!

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