How do you get rid of craddle cap?

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 61 moms have responded )

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My Son has craddle cap pretty bad...I but baby oil on his head and it goes away a little bit for that day but the it just comes back...I want it to be gone all the time!!

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Misty - posted on 01/21/2010

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There is some organic stuff you can get at Babies R Us and it works better than baby oil. The only down side is that you have to wash the baby's hair after using it. good luck

Victoria - posted on 01/20/2010

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For my baby it got really bad around 2.5 months and he'd scratch it a lot and would wake up crying because it itched so much. I tried dusing oil and brushing it out but it got worse. My doctor recommended Selsun Blue itchy dry scalp. With just a little dab of it, his craddle cap went away!!!

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Gursharn - posted on 01/27/2010

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my little has cradle cap to and the doc gave him oil to rub in and it went away not completely but then he got tried skinand the cap came back and the oils not helping but the doc just says keep using it any suggestions?

Lacey - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son also has cradle cap. After much research I have found this method to work the best. First I place baby oil onto his head and rub it into his scalp and let it soak for 15 - 30 minutes. Second I take a soft baby brush or a tooth brush and gently brush his scalp focusing mainly on the areas where his cradle cap is. Then immediantely wash out the baby oil because this can cause this to over dry his scalp and cause irritation. The information provided suggested waiting to see if the baby oil works and if not then washing his scalp with Neotrogena T/gel, but what worked for my son is to wash out the baby oil with the T/gel. I put a dime sized amount of the T/gel onto my son's scalp then with my nails I gently scrub his scalp and rinse. Be careful about getting it into his eyes. Also only wash the baby's scalp with T/gel once a week! I hope this helps... this fixed my son's cradle cap when nothing else would good luck!





PS I was also informed that Head and Shoulders is a good alternative as well!

Manda - posted on 01/22/2010

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I used olive oil before bed and then brushed out the flakes in the morning.....i would do it one day and then not the next and i only had to do it for about a week, and hers was really bad.

Ashley - posted on 01/21/2010

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Depending on how bad it is the doctor can write you a prescription. That is what I had to do, because my 3 month old has it so bad that it is giant flakes. I have never seen anything like that before.

Lora - posted on 01/21/2010

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My son got cradle cap and I work as a hairstylist at an AVEDA salon and we carry these natural oils and there's one that's called ALL SENSITIVE it's free of and dyes pufumes, I used it on my sons head twice and now it's gone :) if any of you have AVEDA salons near you I highly recomend this :)

Holly - posted on 01/21/2010

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Don't know if people have answered your question about craddle (crap), but my daughter had it and I just washed her head every night in the bath with a face washers and after I put moisturiser on her and dressed her I applied baby oil on her hand and massaged the area to get rid of the craddle cap. You will have to keep doing this til it is all gone. All it is is extra dried skin on their head, not pretty but it does go away.

Vivian - posted on 01/21/2010

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We came up with the idea of using Lansinoh on his cradle cap and other patches on his face because it was natural and I didn't have to worry about washing it off immediately. Put it on him and after a few hours the patches on his face just disappeared. For his cradle cap, we left it on overnight and shampooed & brushed in the morning. It took 2 tries before it all cleared from his head.

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2010

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My baby had it also for about a month. I applied oil before the bath to loosen the scales, then used diluted baby shampoo/wash and tried to exfoliate with washcloth while washing and brushed his hair often.

Jenny - posted on 01/20/2010

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my son had it pretty bad also, i used the cradle cap care in the green bottle with pooh on it!!!!AMAZING the next day it started peeling off and in the bath i used a baby comb to comb it all out!!!!! it's been over a week and still clear

Stefanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Our pediatrician says (and it works very well) to rub baby oil on the baby's scalp before a bath. Let it sit for a little bit, and when it's time for the bath, pour water over the baby's scalp to make it moist, use a soft brush to gently scrape the scales away, and then wash the baby's hair with your regular shampoo. My daughter keeps developing cradle cap, but everytime my husband and I do this it's gone.

Kate - posted on 01/20/2010

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I tried Dentinox Cradle Cap shampoo with my 3 year old when he was a baby and it took ages to go away, but this time I've used Kamillosan Cradle Cap oil with my twins and within 2 applications it has gone completely!

Jacqueline - posted on 01/19/2010

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My seven yr old and my three month old both had cradle cap, When they first get out of the bath I take the comb u get from the hospital(the plastic fine tooth comb) and literally put it on the scalp and comb a lot of it out then depending how bad it is and how much u comb out, you may have to wash their hair again or put the baby oil on it after you comb it off!!!!

Shelly - posted on 01/19/2010

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I just asked a friend of mine who is a beautician the same thing. She said to rub some olive oil on his head let it sit for 5 minutes and use a warm washcloth to wipe it off. I have also found that using his hairbrush to gently scrub his scalp while in the bath tub helps as well.

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My hospital gave me a special scrbbing brush with soft plastuc bristles to scrub my son's head. When it gets too bad I scrub his head until it all comes off. He doesn't like it, but it doesn't hurt him and it gets rid of all the cradle cap. It's the only thing I know of that gets rid of it in one treatment.

Samantha - posted on 01/19/2010

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Per Doctors orders I was told to put baby oil on the whole scalp and let it stand for 30 minutes and then wash with shampoo and it should go away with a couple of treatments. use a baby comb to comb through hair while baby oil is on scalp will help also.

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter had the same thing and the doctor told me to use head and shoulders. It seemed to work for my little girl. Hope it works for u

Ashley - posted on 01/18/2010

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my daughter has it really bad. and i dont want to put oil on her head because she has tons of hair. anyone have a baby with a lot of hair that has craddle cap? please let me know! thanks

Leanne - posted on 01/18/2010

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hey I used Dentinox shampoo for 5 days everyday and it soon went. The first day i noticed a difference

Crystal - posted on 01/17/2010

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I have 3yo who still gets cases of cradle cap. It's seriously annoying!! I use olive oil on her scalp once a week leaving in while she's bathing then I wash it out. Also I don't wash her hair everyday. I only wash it 2 times a week with regular shampoo and then a conditioner. So it's 3 washings a week and it's not as bad at it used to be...oddly enough she never had it as a baby, just as a toddler.

Frankie - posted on 01/16/2010

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my daughter's dr prescribed her Selenium Sulfide Lotion. you shampoo daily for 7 days & its gone

Nadia - posted on 01/15/2010

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HI! I have found with my daughters craddle cap that brushing her scalp with a soft bristled brush every time i feed her and moisturising her scalp with baby lotion twice a day, especally after washing it, helped it go away really quickly. It was extreamly messy for a day or so but I have no problems any more. Just remeber to keep moisturising.

Jenny - posted on 01/14/2010

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At first I used aquaphor but it was so thick that I had trouble washing it out of his hair. Then I started just using the Johnson and Johnson baby lotion and lotion his head along with the read of him. It has helped a lot. Once I put the lotion in, I use a comb to make his hair stand up so it can dry and yet keep the scalp moist and have had no problems washing the lotion out. Plus he smells wonderful!

Tracey - posted on 01/13/2010

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I would never put medicated stuff on my baby's head. I'm on my fourth child and they all had cradle cap briefly. Just scratch it off bit by bit. They honestly don't seem to mind. I've even done my 2 months old when he is asleep and he doesn't wake up. It's just dead skin so as long as you're not too rough it won't hurt them. It has never come back. Works for me! Hope this helps.

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have a remedy recommended to me by a midwife. It worked for my 2 yr old daughter when she was a baby and i used it this time too as i saw it starting to form on my sons head when he was a few weeks old. Bicarb soda- its fantastic! you just pour some of the powder into your hand and add a few drops of water to form a paste, then gently massage it into their scalp and rinse off with plenty of water. It kind of lifts it off and clears it away. it can take a few goes but really does works. good luck.

Kasey - posted on 01/12/2010

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I use a brand called Weleda and it is really good, not too sure which countries you can get it in

April - posted on 01/11/2010

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I agree, washing a lot will help and I read that the more u put hats on them the worse it is also. so try to limit the use of beanies if it isnt needed.

Rachel - posted on 01/11/2010

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Yeah, itd supposed to dry the scalp out, so it flakes instead of peels. Then just bathe him as normal. And moisturize when you're done. I only had to do it a couple times and I didn't even have to comb it.

Angela - posted on 01/11/2010

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Are you bathing him lots to get ride of the skin flakes? Avoid soap! it dries their scalp out. So if you bath them, just use the bath water without the soap. If you do use soap use a regular baby shampoo, and use a little comb and GENTLY brush his hair while the soap is in. The brush will grab the little flakes and take some of them away. Please avoid using special soaps and oils. That will only irritate it. It needs to heal on its own. = )

Rachel - posted on 01/10/2010

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My advice is wash his head with bar soap. My sons nurse in the NICU turned me on to that. This way it just turns to flakes you can blow out. It also works reat on baby acne, just be sure to use a light moisturizer after you bathe them.

Priscilla - posted on 01/10/2010

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I noticed that my daughter had cradle cap too. I soon realized that the cause of it was by using furfumed baby wash. So I swiched to the good ol Johnson and Johnson "head to toe" baby wash.

Megan - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son had some bad cradle cap over his entire scalp but we got it to go away pretty easily. We scrubbed at it while he was having his evening bath, and then sat him down on the couch and just brushed his hair pretty vigorously with a baby brush for about 10 minutes. The cradle cap came off in chunks, plus it had the added benefit of lulling him to sleep!! Good luck with your boy.

Pauline - posted on 01/10/2010

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my doctor told me to try cooking oil just before bath time- she said that she finds that baby oil only makes it worse.
I also started combing her hair with a fine tooth comb everyday- there's a lot of flakes and can be messy, but it seems to be working

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My son had cradle cap also and the pediatrician recommended a dandruff shampoo. We used head & shoulders and after the first time we really seen results. After using about 3 times it was completely gone! Good luck!!

Claire - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son has bad cradle cap. I am using dentinox shampoo which seems to be working but it can take a while to get rid of!

Tiffany - posted on 01/10/2010

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The best thing to do is to use baby oil on the head...rub it in really good and then use a baby brush and baby comb to gently scrape off the dead skin/cradle cap. I did that with my daughter and it took about 5 mins with the brush and comb to get it all off. Then you just wash it all out with baby shampoo. I put lotion on my daughters head if her skin is really dry after I give her a bath. Make sure you don't ever leave baby oil on their head though cos it traps in heat. Always wash it off. They also even sell a special comb that wraps around your hand and is curved...my sister in law uses that. Hope this helps.

Elissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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Olive Oil is the most natural remedy; it's also the most gentle, and most people agree that it's pretty effective. For severe cradle cap, massage in at night before bed and wash hair thoroughly with baby shampoo the next day. Avoid using adult products or roughly scrubbing your child's scap as they prodcuts are too harsh for babies sensitive skin and may cause the problem to worsen. Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 01/09/2010

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I use baby oil. I rub it in, then comb his hair gently and wash out the oil after. Crib cap eventually goes away, it happens to I guess 99% of babies so no need to worry. Hope this post and the other post helps. Good luck

Jac - posted on 01/08/2010

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Soak it in Baby oil and let it sink in then youll be able to scrape it away with a comb, you might need to do this a few times tho.

Meagan - posted on 01/03/2010

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Head and Shoulders! Put it on at the beginning of a bath, wash the rest of him or her and wash it off last. After it drys you may need to use a fine tooth comb to break up the little patches but it should go away in no time. It did for me!

Monica - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter has cradle cap too but when i asked the doctor about it and they told me to continue with baby oil but i could also use head and shoulders shampoo not a lot because it could burn their eyes like any other shampoo but just a small amount to apply to the area, it should go away sooner or later..GOOD LUCK

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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Well thanks for all the tips!! I'll be sure to try some of them! I suppose it doesn't help that its winter and dry to!! Thanks again!!

Stacey - posted on 01/01/2010

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I have used baby oil gel on her head a couple of hours before her bath. Then I gently scrubbed it with a baby brush while washing the oil out with shampoo. It worked! I would continue to do it every time you give your baby a bath. It should help. My pediatrician also said that if that doesn't work you can use any dandruff shampoo, like Head and Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Hope this helps!

Amy - posted on 01/01/2010

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I use a special oil from the chemist, put it on her dry head after her bath and rub it off with a damp facewasher the next morning. i've only had to do twice and it seems to have gone now.

JESSICA - posted on 01/01/2010

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USE ANTI DANDRUFF SHAMPOO. I GOOGLE IT AND IT REALLY WORKS. NOT AFTER THE FIRST TIME OR ANYTHING BUT IT DOES WORK WITHIN A WEEK

Sonja - posted on 12/31/2009

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I wouldnt recommend using baby oil at all, we were told only to use olive oil its much lighter and doesnt clog your babies pores, as far as we were told you dont need to wash it off either because its natural. Sometimes baby oil can make it worse for babies because there skin is so delicate, they need natural products for the first while

Andrea - posted on 12/31/2009

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Yeah, I don't think you can completely get rid of it, just keep doing the baby oil every couple of days. It will eventually go away probably by 6 months or so.

Oonagh - posted on 12/31/2009

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heat a little almond oil or olive oil and massage into scalp. Leave in over night and wash off with Infacare in the bath. I also used a soft baby brush and massaged his scalp every day for a week in circular motions and that seemed to have done the trick!

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