6 yr old w/ cradle cap, scaly dry skin & constipation...Help!!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 6 yr. old son has itchy scaly skin, cradle cap and constipation. How can I help him?

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Deena - posted on 04/20/2011

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The scaly dry skin could be excema. i have a 15 yr old w/ ezcema. Eucirin cream helps her with the dry skin. And taking luke warm showers no longer than 10 minutes. Also we had to switch to dye free fragrance free laundry soap. And same with body wash and hand soap. I have to find soaps for sensitive skin with no fragrances in them. I am a member of Melaleuca so I get Renew products from them that are for extremly dry sensitive skin.

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Alisha - posted on 05/04/2011

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Baby oil & a baby comb 5 minutes daily will get rid of the cradle cap. How do you know he is constipated? Does he not go every day? Is his poo hard and lumpy and hard to pass? You would probably need to talk to your doctor more about that. I took my daughter's temperature in her bottom (very carefully) with gell and a thermometer cover and she starting going right away.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2011

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I agree with the other posters about checking with your health care provider. In addition to the ideas mentioned above, you could add fungus infection to the list. Many, many years ago I had scaly, itchy skin on my hand and it turned out to be a fungal infection. Nizorol shampoo would help that, but you should get a diagnosis first, as treatment for the wrong thing could cause his condition to worsen.
As for the constipation, is he drinking enough water? Ensuring he is drinking lots of water is the simplest thing you can do, with no downside.
By the way, I did a search with those two symptoms, and food allergies and vitamin deficiencies were the most common causes mentioned.

Heather - posted on 04/20/2011

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You've gotten some great advice already!

My recommendation is to make sure that he is washing his hair well when he takes his bath or shower. A few years ago my son went through that and it was because he wasn't washing his hair very well. After his shower, we would gently run a fine tooth comb back and forth over the top of his head and then have him go wash his hair again. You can also do this before a bath or shower by adding baby oil to his hair and letting it soak in for 10-15 minutes, then using the comb (as someone else already mentioned). I have done it both ways and it works wonders.

I totally agree with the Eucirin cream for the itchy scaly skin. If you don't have that, just make sure he puts lotion on every day (twice a day if needed).

As for the constipation, I agree with the recommendation of prunes and raisins! That ALWAYS helps my kids out!

Vanessa - posted on 04/20/2011

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As far as the cradle cap is concerned, if he has had it for a while, I would ask your health care professional to check it out. It could be ring worm. Ring worm and dandruff appear the same way in the scalp.

Daniellecherees - posted on 04/20/2011

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flaxseed oil. increase his intake of olis to help his oil glands produce more. limit showers/baths. try to wipe him off more(the hard water may make his skin worse, not to add the chlorine in the water)

update his diet, as anne said, FIBER FIBER FIBER. if he refuses to eat some, blend them in a smoothie for a "treat".

love danielle

Louise - posted on 04/20/2011

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your in luck,cause my 8 year old still gets cradle cap.I just use baby oil or olive oil.Leave it on for 10-15 mins and then go through his hair with a nit comb,its fab cause of the teeth in the comb being so close together( it should just all come away.) As for the constipation another one of my children (4 years old) is suffering that also.Infact weve just been for his appointment today at the hospital and he is extremely impacted they said.Movicol is what they have given us and its good as our eldest suffered when he was younger also.So you need to see the docter really as it could be quite bad and beyond the help of fresh orange or figs/prunes ect.Good luck jennifer and keep us posted as to how you get on!!!

Louise - posted on 04/20/2011

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your in luck,cause my 8 year old still gets cradle cap.I just use baby oil or olive oil.Leave it on for 10-15 mins and then go through his hair with a nit comb,its fab cause of the teeth in the comb being so close together( it should just all come away.) As for the constipation another one of my children (4 years old) is suffering that also.Infact weve just been for his appointment today at the hospital and he is extremely impacted they said.Movicol is what they have given us and its good as our eldest suffered when he was younger also.So you need to see the docter really as it could be quite bad and beyond the help of fresh orange or figs/prunes ect.Good luck jennifer and keep us posted as to how you get on!!!

Anne - posted on 04/20/2011

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I would ask my Health Care Professional for help on the constipation. Has he been eating a lot of Bananas, Rice and Or Cheese lately? All three of these foods can cause constipation if eaten in large quaintness. As for the cradle cap have you tried dandruff shampoos?

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