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Cradle Cap

Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter has cradle cap (baby dandruff) really bad. I wash her hair every other day. I have used baby oil and a soft brush to try and get rid of it but it just seems to get worse. It was in one small spot but now it seems to be spreading...HELP!

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Karen - posted on 08/01/2010

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My son has cradle cap and eczema. His dermatologist suggested using Nizoral shampoo twice a week. Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo to and a soft bristle toothbrush to gently scrub away the scales while bathing the baby. If your child has sensitive skin use Cetaphil soap and CeraVe moisturizing cream.

Kristy - posted on 08/01/2010

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I would suggest changing shampoos. I am not to sure what you are using, but I had the same problem with my son. The disadvantage is that his hair is about, or almost 2 in long... so its really hard to comb through. I tried Boudreaux's shampoo and the first wash it was 85-90% gone... now it is completely gone. I also heard that the "California Baby Shampoo products works even better then the Boudreaux's. Either way I would try another shampoo... you don't even need to comb or brush any thing out, it just disappears. Also for note, Craddle Cap is overactive oil glands, there is a good chance that ANY oil can not work. Every child is different, Good Luck :)

Danielle - posted on 07/24/2010

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You should not use baby oil, it clogs the pores and makes it worse.

If you want to give it a try, rub just a small amount of a pure, natural oil — such as almond or olive oil — on your baby's scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then gently comb out the flakes with a fine-toothed comb or brush them out with a soft brush.

Be sure to follow up by washing your baby's scalp with a gentle baby shampoo — the last thing you want to do is leave oil on her head, which could clog the pores and cause the flakes to stick. You might try leaving the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing, to help cut the oil.

If its really bad you might take your child to the doctor's.

Chantal - posted on 07/23/2010

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my daughter had bad cradle cap from her hair line to the ears and a inch back. also between her eye brows. I have tried baby oil but she gets a bad reaction to it. I found vaseline to work best and use a fine comb to comb it out. I found it easy to let the vaseline sit there for a while to soften up eith cradle cap and then the fine comb, usually combed it out better then a brush with the brush they flew everywhere. I wash my girls hair on a daily basis and I haven;t seen cradle cap since I did the vaseline treatment.

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Tamra - posted on 07/30/2010

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dont use the soft brush, use a comb, apply the oil and then comb against her scalp gently, you will see it coming out a little at a time. Also, do not wash the oil out completely, leave her hair a little oily, it will help her scalp.

Kelly - posted on 07/23/2010

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I think you may be washing her hair to much. I only wash my daughters hair twice a wk still and her cradle cap has stayed under control with just using a soft brush n soapy water

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