Cradle cap

Gemma - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 65 moms have responded )

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my 4 month old son seems to have alot of cradle cap, so im just wondering what you would recommend for it? thanks

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Samantha - posted on 03/12/2010

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My health visitor told me to massage olive oil on just before bed and leave it overnight then in the morning wash his hair, almost applying the shampoo neat to get off the oil. Do this for a few nights or so and it will improve. I use a baby sponge to apply the shampoo as it helps lift off the cradle cap.

You'll have to put an old sheet on or one your not bothered about throwing away as it will ruin the sheet.

My little boy had it really bad and he used to scratch and make it weap, normal cradle cap shampoo did nothing so our gp prescribed some medicated shampoo.

Anntoinette - posted on 03/12/2010

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i forgot to say i have 3 boys my oldest 5 and my youngest 5 months and its worked on all three of them!!!

Anntoinette - posted on 03/12/2010

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My pediatrician said put baby oil on it about 30 mins before you wash it then use a soft baby brush or comb and brush it that it will come out......i have been doing it and it works its not an overnight solution but it is working....she also said if you leave baby oil it to long it would make it worse instead of better that baby oil can dry the skin out

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter had it really bad. I put some veg oil on a paper towl and rubbed it all on her head and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then take a baby comb and comb the hair against the way it grows and it will lift the cradle cap. Then just shampoo hair like normal. I had to do it like 3 or 4 days in a row but it's all gone now!

Jasmine - posted on 03/11/2010

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Mix together bicarb soda and water to make a thick toothpaste-like paste and put it on his head for a hour or so then wash it off in the bath

Carmen - posted on 02/23/2010

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I use baby oil on Alexis' hair. She did have a bit of cradle cap a few weeks ago. I got over my fear of combing it out real fast. Maybe it's more of a problem in the winter because of forced air heat. Humidifiers are great for putting moisture in the dry air.

Melanie - posted on 02/21/2010

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That's so funny...I just came back from the pediatrician and my little girl had it also...Olive Oil, rub gently...enjoy giving your little one a head massage and then with a soft baby hair brush...ever so gently brush it away.It will take a few minutes but soon enough you will see it flake of. You should place yourself in front of the sink as if you were at the hairdresser. It might take a few times but it works great!! Hurray for natural remedies! Hope it helps! :) Melanie

Jodi - posted on 02/21/2010

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Brush his hair with a soft brush, and rub a small amount of olive oil on his head. Then wash his hair within a half an hour. brush his hair again. it should be almost gone by the next day

Dina - posted on 02/21/2010

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Elijah had relly bad cradle cap and I used petroleum jelly a couple of times. I'm too scared to use dandraff shampoo because I know I'd get it in his eyes.

Wendy - posted on 02/21/2010

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Our pediatrician recommended we use head and shoulders shampoo, then comb it out, and it worked great, after two times it was almost all out. Especially for baby's with a lot of hair, because baby oil will leave the hair very greasy looking for a while.

Elisabeth - posted on 02/21/2010

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My girl had really bad cradle cap, I tried oil but it just didn't work, in fact it came back worse. I don't know if you'll have what I used there but it's called bepanthan. I can get it from any chemist and most supermarkets. If you don't have it try a oil based antiseptic cream. I rubbed it on twice a day and within 3 days it was all gone and didn't come back.

Jacquelynn - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap really bad. I used this remedy one time, and she hasn't had it since; rub baby oil on your baby's scalp before he/she goes to sleep, and in the morning, use a fine tooth comb to gently brush it out. That should take care of it! :)

Debbie - posted on 02/21/2010

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rub a lot of baby oil on his head and take his baby brush and massage the oil in and it will break up the cradle cap...then you just brush it out and then wipe off the excess oil. Also, don't use a lot of baby lotion on his head...this will cause the cradle cap. Then after you give him baths instead of lotion but a little bit of baby oil on it. This should help. This is how my mom has always said to do it. My baby had cradle cap one time and this worked like a charm. Good luck...hope this helps.

Sheila - posted on 02/20/2010

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i went thru the same thing with both of my boys and all you have to do is take a baby brush or a soft tooth brush and gently massage the baby shampoo into the scalp where the cradle cap is and it should come right off atleast it did for both my boys and then after you get it all removed wash your baby's hair daily for a week and then it should go away

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter had it in her soft spot where I usually skipped washing and lotioning. It wasn't too bad though, nothing severe. I went on webmd and it said to use baby oil 1 hour before bathtime to let it soak in. Then while in the bath wet hair and use a brush to get the dried skin off then wash. It worked that night! It was all gone!

Jessica - posted on 02/20/2010

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We used Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream. It made his hair kinda icky but the cradle cap was gone within a couple of weeks and it hasn't come back.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter had the same problem and the doctor said about twice a week use Head and Shoulders and rub it in the spot where it is at then just wash their hair in normal baby shampoo the rest of the week. Her's was gone in about 2 weeks. Hope this helps.

Jaidee - posted on 02/20/2010

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i used baby oil and rub her head everyday for a week and it worked, and now i brush her hair everyday with a soft brush to get rid of the old skin follicle's even tho she has no hair lol and she hasn't had it since!! hope this helps :-)
Jaidee :-)

Kate - posted on 02/20/2010

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I used Kamillosan Cradle cap oil with my twins and after 2 uses it was all gone and has not come back!!!

Corinne - posted on 02/20/2010

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Do you hold your baby often? I knew a family who left their baby in the crib or car seat almost all the time and he had awful cradle cap.

Amy - posted on 02/20/2010

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My little boy had cradle cap when he was 2 and half months, our dr told us to wash his hair with Ego Shampoo and to apply baby oil (I used Johnson's Baby oil) or you can use olive oil. The following day you brush your son's hair with a soft baby brush, but brush it gently, it does not matter if only a little bit of flakes appear, as you can use your hand to gently brush them away. I have to say that this cleared up within a week or two. Good luck! :D

Kathy - posted on 02/19/2010

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put baby oil on his head leave it for alittl while wash his hair and comb it out

Ashley - posted on 02/19/2010

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ive tried a few different things with my little guy. he'll be 4 months in a few days. i just went to wal mart today and they have a bottle for stuff made just for cradle cap, it have pooh on it, in the baby sec. it was a little over $5. so im gonna give that a try. i've done the oil thing and selson blue but it just keeps coming back. so im hoping this new stuff will work. maybe you can try that.

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I used "Gently Naturals" Cradle Cap Care, got it at Wal-Mart...used it on both my kids, worked wonders! I had been doing the baby oil thing for 3 weeks before I got this stuff and it worked in 3 applications for my daughter (who has a LOT of hair)

Kelsey - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son is 4 months also and he had it really bad so the dr. told me to put baby oil on his head at night and let it soak in, then in the morning put soap on it and take a tooth brush and rub it on his head. it totally worked! after about two weeks his head was totally cleared up.

Coreen - posted on 02/19/2010

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hi my son is 18 weeks and has cradle cap the best thing to use is a good quality olive oil rub it in before bed then wash out in the morning repeat this every day until it goes hope this helps

Nicola - posted on 02/19/2010

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i used olive oil for my son and kept it in over night, wash it out in the morning and use a comb and it should slowly come off you may need to it a few time for to completely clear

Alyssa - posted on 02/19/2010

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my son has the same thing. They say that he's prone to it. He can't get rid of it we comb it off and it's there again the next day!!

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My 4 month old son used to have the same problem. His pediatrician works in the NICU with preemies, and he advised us to use Neutrogena T-gel on his scalp. He told us to rub it onto his scalp, put a shower cap on his head, and let it sit for ten minutes before his bath. It sounded really silly, so my husband and I were hesitant. After the doctor told us the third time, we finally decided to try it. He said that baby oils and combing the flake out are only temporary solutions. Well we finally tried it a couple of weeks ago. We did what the doctor advised twice a week for two weeks, and now he has no sign of cradle crap. It's completely gone! My husband and I wished we would have listened to our doctor sooner. The only downside to using this shampoo is that it has a horrible smell. But my son is no longer bothered with cradle cap, so to me it was worth it.

Kara - posted on 02/19/2010

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my daughter is 4 months and has the same thing, it starts to peel and if it comes out so does her little hair. I spoke with my Pedi and he suggested, Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo (stinks but works great) Put a little baby oil in it 5 minutes before bath, then use the shampoo and a wash cloth to gently scrub at the scalp. (dont leave any oil on the scalp for very long or it will DRY out the scalp more)

I did this for 2 weeks and she is almost clear! Hope it works for your little one!

Tamara - posted on 02/19/2010

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Make a paste from Bi Carb soda and water and pop it on the babys head and leave to dry before putting him in the bath then shampoo it out and the cradle cap will go with it. works a treat!

Bree - posted on 02/18/2010

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PS: After the bath I did use a baby comb to work it out. I did the process at least a handful of times. Not on the same day of course.

Bree - posted on 02/18/2010

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My Son had Horrible Craddle Cap. His doc reccomended applying Olive oil or Baby Oil (we used Aloe Vera Baby Oil) 20 Minutes before bathtime. Then washing it out at the end of his bath. I used a wash cloth and Aveeno Baby Wash/Shampoo to wash it out. It was a great reccomendation and really loosened up the dead skin. We did use the olive oil (which is a pure product, but it smells aweful.) Hope this helps.

Whitney - posted on 02/18/2010

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We got rid of our Daughters by combing her hair and scrubbing it with the sponge they give you at the Hospital. I would comb and a lot of dry skin would come off. I wanted it off because I'm pretty sure it itched her. It's all gone and her hair is growing in nice and thick!

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2010

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my son had the same thing, and i just kept putting tons of baby lotion on it, and after about a month it went away. especially after a bath.

Lacie - posted on 02/17/2010

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If you have a walmart or target close to where you live look for 'cradle cap care' it is in the baby section. Its what i used for my daughter and it has helped a lot. She is now cradle cap free thank goodness!

Percy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I just used a soft bristled toothbrush and softly brushed it towards the back of her head, she loved it and it got rid of all the cradle cap in one go. He'll let you know if you're doing it to roughly. My little one was born in oct with almost no hair and hasn't got any yet. I'm eager to be able to shampoo her hair. lol

Vanessa - posted on 02/17/2010

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I just talked to my peditrician and she said about an hour b4 a bath out baby oil on it and then comb it through but with a soft baby brush..then give the bath and make sure you wash out all the baby oil..havent done it yet but i will tonight

Amanda - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son has it pretty bad and my doc said to use olive oil and shampoo as usual...and then once a week use a dandruff shampoo...so far it's worked!

Kyla - posted on 02/16/2010

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all i did was put shampoo on my babys head and then bushed it out. someone told me the reason that it comes is because were not rinsing the shampoo out all the way or you're rinsing it out with the soapy water. and now i rinse his hair out under the tap and his cradle cap is gone and it hasn't came back :)

DAVINA - posted on 02/16/2010

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Also I just remembered the doctor also said to keep his scalp oiled. So I put baby oil on his head several times a day due to babies skin dries out alot faster than adults.

DAVINA - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son had cradle cap for a day. The doctor recommended me to wash his hair everyday or every other day with baby shampoo and comb his hair backwards. From his forehead back several times and at each washing. My son as you can see still has a head full of hair. He did not loose much and if he did it is not noticable.

Erin - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hey, my son had this and my doc. said to use Head & Shoulders so i went and bought a travel size and it was plenty you just put that on and let it soak while you wash the rest of him/her and then wash it off, be careful not to get it in the eyes, it took awhile but it worked! Good Luck!

Ivy - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son does too. Seems to be taking forever to come off. A midwife I've used for years says you can use Selson Blue but need to be careful not to get it in his eyes. You can also use olive oil but don't leave on for more than 15 minutes before washing it off. And of course use a baby comb to softly loosen it up.

Kari - posted on 02/15/2010

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after you use the oil and give him a bath a wash cloth works good too i did tht with my son and his cradle cap is gone

Aubrey - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter had cradle cap when she was about a month old. she is starting to get it again. After washing her hair i rubbed baby oil on the spot and then combed it out with one of her combs!

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