cradle cap.please help!

Regina - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My precious little one has cradle cap.It even caused her right eye to swell.I feel so bad it looks terribly itchy and painful.The Dr. said it doesn't bother her, but i can't help but want to alleviate her dry flakey skin.Has anyone else experienced this? I know i can put oil on her head and gently brush the flakes off, but what can i do for her face and eye brows?

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Jess - posted on 02/04/2010

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my son had cradle cap which was really itchy, and nothing was working, i tried everything, olive oil, vasoline, special cradle cap ointment etc, anyway i took him to see a specialist dermatologist and he advised me that cradle cap is not actually itchy, and should not irritate a baby, the only problem is that it looks unsightly. My son actually had eczema on his head which was dry and flaky and looked exactly the same as cradle cap. in the end i had to clear it with some small doses of cortisone, but now i just use a sorbaline lotion every day and it works really well

Shelley - posted on 02/02/2010

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this is my great grandmothers method she had 8 kids and everyone in the family does the same. We massage the babies all over with olive oil face head body ect its great for their skin leave it over night and in the morning put them in a bath of warm water and use a washer and watch it all just wipe away if it gets bad it may take a few nights.
Olive oil is best as its natural and doesn't dry out the skin like some baby oils good luck

Suellen - posted on 12/07/2012

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hi there,im an aussie mum its my first time on here and have got some really useful advise. I have been reading about other mums little ones not eating and thought it was just mine that went through this stage.

On another note our little girl has had cradle cap ever since she was born. She is now nearly 15 months and still has it.I have tried everything from baby oil, olive oil to bicarb and nothing seemed to work. Oh and the doc even said to put savlon cream on it and use a hair brush to brush it off. Sill no luck. A lady i met put me onto MooGoo. I used the scalp cream which i rub on her scalp and it is finally coming off. The scalp cream is for the scalp, eyes face and ears. She has always had really dry red cheeks. They were so dry they felt like sandpaper. I have applied about the size of a pea worth of cream to her cheeks about 5 times now and WOW they are smooth like a babies bum. If your baby or child has eczema than i would thoroughly reccommened checking out this sight. www.moogoo.com.au . For a 250gm of scalp cream it is $24.45 aus. Hope this helps someone out there. Suellen

Crystal - posted on 02/06/2010

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we put vaseline on our little one's scalp at bath time and gently comb it into his scalp to release the flakes and moisturize, then wipe it with a warm wet washcloth. that has really helped along with not shampooing his scalp but once a week. for his face/eyebrows we actually used vitamin a & d lotion which works pretty well because it's similar to vaseline. keep mittens on your baby during sleep too so that she can't irritate it further.

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Lara - posted on 02/07/2010

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my 3.5 yo still has cradle cap (has had it since infancy) and our pediatrician recommends that we wash her hair with either Head & Shoulders or Selson Blue once a week to minimize it. All the information we have received/investigated indicates that it is something a child has to grow out of naturally. But these once weekly washings with the anti-dandruff shampoos do seems to help keep it to a minimum.

Marsha - posted on 02/05/2010

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My doctor suggested a soft tooth brush on the scalp during bath time and that worked great. Not sure about the face and eyebrows, we only had the scalp. Good luck!

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We used a product I found online at Original Sprout. It is good for treating cradle cap and eczema and is a natural solution that is gentle. It costs about $20 per bottle but started working the first wash and cleared almost completely after three washes.

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i tried the oil, vaseline options which didn't work for us - both helped to loosen and lift the scales but the actual condition didn't really go away. i tried washing more, and washing less but didn't work well either. then on the basis of some dermatological newsletter i read (plus it's mentioned a couple times on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_cap), i tried using a watery paste of sodium bicarbonate (plain old 'baking soda' and water), and it worked really well - plus it "felt" more healthy and of course is less greasy than oil, vaseline, baby shampoo, let alone dandruff shampoo! the cradle cap kept receding (it was heavily all over the top of her head & on her eyebrows as well) and eventually disappeared. it was a year ago but i think it took a month or two to completely disappear. i would use the treatment (maybe every 2-3-4 days) before a bath, let it sit for 10minutes or so, then just rinse it out in the bath. i was careful not to get it in her eyes, but she must have gotten the occasional drip in her eyes yet never complained so i figured it was fairly mild. (i would still do your best to keep it out of baby's eyes though :)) funnily enough, my daughter first got cradle cap at a few months old right after i used johnson's baby shampoo for the first time, so it made me wonder if that was the cause or if it was simply timing. so i just generally cut down on soaps & shampoos & whatnot. now it's california baby natural shampoo & just a cloth for skin - no soap (a cloth is enough to remove dead skin cells). keeping to really simple and mild ingredients - or none - has worked for us.

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I used Olive Oil, but it didn't completely remove it. Next I tried diluted apple cider vinegar, applied with a cotton ball. My daughter smelled like a salad for a couple of days, but the cradle cap was all gone by the 4th application. Good luck

Tandeen - posted on 02/04/2010

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I was told to put Vasaline on the area for 1 hour and then wash it off in the bath tub-It worked for me

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2010

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I would advise against the Aspirin (or Dispirin as it is in the same category of drug as Aspirin) because when aspirin is crushed it is absorbed VERY easily (thats why if you are having a heart attack they tell you to chew not swallow the asprin) and has been linked to causeing Reyes Syndrome in infants.

Amber - posted on 02/04/2010

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try mixing disprin or asprin crushed up with baby shampoo and leaving it on for 5 mins

Molly - posted on 02/04/2010

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Sarah, if you toddler has dry scalp issues, its not cradle cap anymore, its dandruff. Cradle cap only happens in infants, and is different from dandruff. You may need to use anti-dandruff shampoos for your toddler, but ask her pediatrician first because some anti-dandruff shampoos are quite harsh.

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2010

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Anyone know how to get rid of the cradle crap once they are a toddler with long hair? I find it hard to get olive oil or any other product to cover the whole scalp because her long hair is in the way.

Stacey - posted on 02/04/2010

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my daughter had a bad case of this also. my doc said use dandruff shampoo; just a little, massage it in with her brush and let sit for a minute. it cleared up after a couple days.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son has cradle cap aswell and his Dr. said to use Neutragena T-Gel on his head after shampooing with baby shampoo every 3 days. So far this is working. For his eyebrows he said to use Aquaphor, but my 6 week old rubs his eyes and I use Olive Oil instead which not only works, but it doesn't irritate his eyes when he rubs them. I also use the olive oil on other dry patches he has, like behind the ears, etc.

Lana - posted on 02/03/2010

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of course I can't find the resource on this, but I know I have read that breastmilk, of all things, can alleviate it. Just shoot some on his head....but you might want to check that out. dd never had it, but she had a ton of hair that I very rarely washed and I never used hats with her in the early days. I did use breastmilk in her eyes when they were red and it really made a difference for her. Some say cradle cap is indicative of later food allergies or skin problems...might be worth looking in to.

Molly - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hmm, I was taught you only need to bathe a baby and wash his hair once or twice a week, as well. As far as I know, its actually over-washing which causes skin and scalp problems, for everyone... babies, children, and adults.

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2010

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Becca, you do need to wash your sons hair it is the build up of Sebum on the scalp that causes the flakes not dryness. The sebum is like a wax and when it builds up and hardens it attaches to the dead skin cells and turns into the yellowish scales you see on the babys head. Wearing hats are the biggest culprit because the head sweats and will cause more sebum to be released and buildup, thats why it is usually worse on babys in the winter. The oil just helps to break-down the scales on the head so they can be removed but it wont actually get rid of the problem. The best is to wash the hair no more then 3 times a week using a mild baby shampoo with no scent, or dyes to irritate the scalp.



http://www.babycenter.ca/baby/health/cra...



http://www.babycenter.com/0_cradle-cap_8...



Regardless cradle cap is more unsightly then it is harmful.

Becca - posted on 02/03/2010

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Try putting olive oil on her head and face at bedtime and then brush it out with a soft bristled toothbrush in the morning. Then reapply the olive oil in the morning and brush it out again at bedtime. This would solve my son's in a couple of days. Also, try to keep the cradle cap area dry. I only wash my son's head once a week (unless it is dirty) and when I do I only use water never soap.

Rebecca - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son and daughter both had it really bad and I just used Head and Shoulder and within a few washes it was gone! For my daughters eyebrows I just used a cotton ball and baby oil on it and it helped to clear it up.

Kathy - posted on 02/02/2010

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i used lots of lubiderm on my kiddos and it helped their cradle cap out bunches....plus i brushed their hair often making some of the "flaky" go away

Suzie - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son is 6 months tomorrow and I have found some baby oil in the form of a gel - which doesn't leak as much as regular baby oil - it's made by Johnson and Johnson and I can just put some on his head and leave it there a bit then I take a facecloth and rub gently - it comes off right away... but his cradle cap is not very bad.

Molly - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son had cradle cap when he was about 4 months old. I covered his head in olive oil and let it sit for about half hour. Then I used a soft brush to sorta scrape the oil & dry skin off. I did this treatment just once, and it never came back.

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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This is going to sound very strange, but my niece had very bad cradle cap. My mom put baby oil or olive oil on her head (this even worked on her face) and gently rubbed it with a toothbrush. It sounds terrible, but the baby never even moved - just sat completely still as though it felt great! The cradle cap improved dramatically within just a couple of days. I would also warn against using any harsh soaps - perhaps try something for sensitive skin, like California Baby - so that her skin doesn't dry out further.

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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We didn't have it that bad but my pediatrician recommended just good old Head and Shoulders (I got generic) and use a baby hairbrush to kind of work it in. It worked great! He has flaky skin and he's sucking his fingers in the cold Illinois winter so his fingers have gotten red and raw - I use Lansinoh for that. It doesn't matter if it gets in their mouths and is think so it stays put better than oil and is made to moisturize. Good luck!

Becky - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son has had some pretty bad cradle cap. It's gone down onto his forehead too. I think it does bother him, because he's always rubbing and scratching his head and so his poor little head is all scratched up. It looks like I"m an abusive mom or something!
:( Anyways, a friend gave me this cream called Cradle Me. It's an all natural cream that you put all over their head and then leave it for a few hours and then brush and it loosens up the cradle cap. It has worked so well for him. Better than any kind of oil did for me. It's a little expensive, but well worth it.
It's made by a Canadian company, so you'll probably have to order it online if you want it.
www.dimpleskins.ca

Kim - posted on 02/01/2010

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Well while my little one didn't have it on his face and brows I did use a cotton ball with baby oil on it on his head and it worked wonders. It was the only thing I found that worked. You might at least be able to get her brows with this trick.

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