Cradle cap

Jenny - posted on 06/20/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Has anyone got a cure for cradle cap that works? I'v got the dentinox shampoo and it's not doing anything, been using that for 4 months now and no improvement!!

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Nicole - posted on 06/20/2009

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this works!! massage baby oil into your baby's head/hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then give them a bath. as soon as you get them out while their hair is still damp, take a soft bristle brush (a baby brush) and rub it on their head gently and most of it should fall off. then use a fine tooth comb to get out the remainder. the baby oil and bath help to soften everything so that it just kind of falls out. it might take a couple times of doing this, but it worked great for me. after 2 nights, i never had a problem with it again. hope this works for you! good luck!! :)

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Michelle - posted on 07/04/2013

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My 10 week old had really stubborn cradle cap all over his head including his forehead, eyebrows, lids and ears. I tried everything from bicarb soda paste, olive and baby oil with a comb, eczema lotion, cortisone etc etc. nothing worked and he was getting stares at the shops his skin was so bad. What seems to have worked (touch wood) is a combo of; mustela newborn foam shampoo every day, baby sorbelene (rubbed on skin with a flannel to help exfoliate) and taking fish oil tablets for my breast milk. I've also been eating almonds as they are high in biotin. His skin looks so clear now.

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Amanda - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son had pretty bad craddle cap. My doctor recommend washing his hair with Selsum blue and then applying cortaid to the aggrivated areas. The cortaid starting working right away so now we use it only as needed. We're still using the Selsum blue and he hasn't had a problem since.

Nicolle - posted on 06/26/2009

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I tried all of the above and had no luck, but I have just rid my son entirely of cradle cap in just 3 nights. You mix baking soda with water into a paste then spread it on the babies head, when it dries you put them in the bath wet it rub it a bit as if it was shampoo and then bathe baby as normal. It honestly seems to disolve the cradle cap and caused no iritation to your child at all, I wish I had heard of this before I speant $32.00 on a cream that didn't work.

Jessica - posted on 06/26/2009

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baby oil. I used it with my son and it worked like a charm. If you can get it, try the johnsons baby bedtime lotion, i love that stuff! It smells so nice and it helps baby sleep... kill two birds with one stone ;)

Katie - posted on 06/25/2009

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My little one got a bad case of cradle cap after he broke out with eczema all over his head. i used a scalp conditioner with tee tree oil let it sit on for a couple of mins. why he was in the tub and while the conditioner was still on I gently scrubbed the area with a soft brush, it all came off and its never came back.

Connie - posted on 06/25/2009

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I used the dentinox shampoo and nothing happened so what i did, i got my baby comb and just comb it off slowly, cause what i found is when i used the shampoo it loosened it so it was easy to comb off!

Katie - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son has had it since he was about 10 weeks old and he's now over 5 months and still has it! It's never gotten any worse, just hasn't gone away. I've tried everything. The only thing that worked for us was to actually pick it off, which I have no interest in doing because it just irritates his scalp. My doctor said no to worry, it causes them no discomfort at all and apparently is one of those things that upsets the parents more then the child. I was told most kids grow out of it by their first birthday. Hope this helps!

Good Luck!!

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Are you definitely sure it's cradle cap?

My ped. told me kiddo had cradle cap and I tried all the various things, got nowhere for ages. I happened to take the baby to the dermatologist for eczema elsewhere on his body and was told that what was on his head was eczema. The derm. gave us a prescription for Derma-Smooth, and it was all gone in a few days! It was literally like a magic potion.

Diane - posted on 06/23/2009

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both of my kids have had it. My pedi told me a good way to help. Rub baby oil on their head for a couple of days then when you give them a bath brush the top of their head with a very soft brush.

Vera - posted on 06/23/2009

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Try extra virgin olive oil...leave it in for an hour or so then comb out. Works great!

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2009

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Put baby lotion (I used Johnson's Baby Sorbolene Cream) on baby's head and rub it in. Leave for a couple hours or overnight and then bathe baby. I used a soft toothbrush and gently scrubbed my babies' heads in the bath. It takes about a week of doing this every other day before it clears up. You just need to be careful not to be rough and just scrub off what has already been loosened by the baby lotion. I also gently massaged my babies' heads with a baby brush after the bath. Good luck!

Clare - posted on 06/21/2009

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i used vaseline in the hair at night and brushed it backwards in morning, it took 4 months to come out and i just hope it don.t come back, i still put the vaseline on her head just to keep it soft.

Karen - posted on 06/21/2009

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I was using baby oil and brushing with a cradle cap soft bristle brush while nursing. I read some other mommies on here using I think it's called "Natural Care" with Winnie the Pooh on the bottle so I bought that. Personally I didn't like the scent and was more happy using the baby oil . I applied the baby oil (only 1-2 drops) 2 times a day, let it soak in for about 5 minutes and brushed gently. Seemed to help soothe baby as well. And Lucy you cracked me up with the "pie crust" referance lol I kept asking people advice in the family saying "OMG it is like she has fish scales on her lil head!"

Jocelyn - posted on 06/20/2009

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when my son was sleeping i just picked all the flakes off. use your nails or a fine tooth comb.

Kathy - posted on 06/20/2009

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Johnson and Johnson makes really cool brush/sponge with a shampooer.... so lather his/her head with shampoo then use the brush and sponge they give you and rub the areas... seemed to work for people that i know... good luck

Lois - posted on 06/20/2009

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The only thing that worked for my daughter, had it all over her face, ears, and scalp, was hydrocortisone creme 0.5%. That's what the paediatrican recommended and you can buy it over the counter at the drug store. But don't over use it because it thins out the skin. You should see an improvement in about a day. Talk to your doctor about it first if you have any doubts. Hope this helped!

Melissa - posted on 06/20/2009

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I do the baby oil thing. Put it on their heads. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and it will literally FALL OFF!! It's the best way every to get rid of it!! Hope this helps!

Lucy - posted on 06/20/2009

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I'd also be interested to here people's ideas, my daughter looks like she's got a pie crust on her head!

Michelle - posted on 06/20/2009

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Dentinox kinda helped for Gabe; eased a little on the dryness...BUT if you reckon you've got a steady hand and a fine tooth comb, pick em scabs out with the comb when your baby's least active e.g. when he/she is sleeping or when you're nursing. I got MOST of 'em out one day when I got him latched on. Perhaps the Dentinox helped in softening the scabs before I did that scary act of combing it out. Or it could've been the olive oil I had been applying on his scalp anyways...*shrugs* g'luck!

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