Cradle Cap

Jennifer - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




My daughter has cradle cap, she is about 2 1/2 months old. I never had the problem with my first child, so this is something new to me. I have tried putting baby oil on her head and brushing it out and shampooing it. Yet it seems to have gotten a little worse. It looks like it has more dry scaley skin on the top of her head. Does anyone have any advice for something to help with it that worked for them? It bothers her, because she itches it all the time. Please help. I don't like seeing her being miserable and itching all the time.


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Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2009




my daughter has had it for the past month, the only thing i see that is kinda taking it away it is when u bath her and wash her hair rub the cloth in circles a few times across her whole head slowly but surly it takes it awaygood luck

April - posted on 06/26/2009




Heard from the nurse last night that if you shampoo every day it will strip the natural oils from your baby's head and make cradle cap worse, so her advice is to only shampoo her head every 2-3 days.

Emily - posted on 06/26/2009




kerri oil worked for my daughter. it takes a few washes to get out but it smells lovely....espeially comapared to other oils they suggest using

T - posted on 06/25/2009




My pediatrician told me to uses Delsum shampoo and my great aunts told me to use olive oil. I did both and it was gone in 2 days... for good.

Katie - posted on 06/25/2009




My daughter got cradle cap really bad about 2 months ago.We started to use Natures Care Cradle Cap shampoo.It is about $6 and we got it at Target.It worked really well on her.The only problem was that it let her hair with a bad odor.However it did get rid of the cradle cap completely.She also lost alot of her hair from the cradle cap, so I'm hoping since it's gone it will start to grow back again!

Kari - posted on 06/25/2009




I am a nurse practitioner at a pediatric practice and we tend to recommend everything that has already been listed. My personal favorite (it worked when nothing else did on my daughter) is Baby Silk by MD Mom's Gentle Scalp Rub. It worked on the first try and the cradle cap never came back. It is a little pricey, about $15 for a tube. I found it at a local specialty baby store. There is website for the company, They have several other great products.

Jen - posted on 06/25/2009




You can use petrolium jelly. It works, we used it on my son; however, don't use too much! My husband did this while I was at work & he used a handful of it. My son, Wyatt, had greasy matted hair (the little bit of hair he had) for 3 days! It looked awful, but it did get rid of the cradle cap.

So, petrolium jelly will work, but only use a tiny little bit and rub it into her scalp. If your worried about using too much, remember it is a cosmetic issue only-it doesn't hurt them and will go away eventually.

Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 06/25/2009




The method I tried was while my daughter was in the bathtub and her hair was wet, I would put the shampoo on it and use a baby brush and go in circular motions and motions opposite of her hair direction, and try to brush it out. Hope this helps.

Rose - posted on 06/25/2009




i went to my dctor with the same problem with my baby girl. she was around the same age at the time. she ended up being allergic to the baby oil and shampoo I was using (Baby Johnsons) i started using Aveno Baby instead and the doctor gave me some Hydrocortozone lotion to put on her scalp. It took a few days, but it worked. It would come and go but never as bad as before. maybe switching products will help and i think hydrocortozone is over-the-counter. you should always ask your doctor though. most pediatricians are ok with you just calling in and asking if its something minor.

Melissa - posted on 06/25/2009




well my doctor told me to put baby oil...and massage massage and massage some more...i also found that aveno baby exceema cream helpful

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