Cradle cap!!!! Help!

Heather - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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This is my third baby and he has cradle cap BAD!!! Can any mom's out there give me some suggestions to get rid or at least help it out???

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my son had really bad cradle cap and ezcema and was literally ripping out his hair with scratching. i found that using olive oil in the rinsing water for his hair and putting vaseline on his head every night worked well. it took about 2 weeks for it to clear up completely and then we still do it sometimes, just not every night

Brittanie - posted on 12/28/2010

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With my daughter I used the baby oil gel and a little scrubber that I got at the hospital, it worked great!

Candace - posted on 12/28/2010

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Walmart sells a shampoo called Cradle Cap shampoo. I used it for my son and it helped a lot

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Bonnie - posted on 01/03/2011

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When mine had it, I was advised to use some baby oil or a bit of olive oil. Rub it into the scalp, let it sit for abit, then take a soft toothbrush or comb to brush it out.

Heather - posted on 01/03/2011

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My 5months old has cradle cap use selsin Blue. I think I spelled that wrong. It's in the blue bottle. The doctor told me to use it on his head three times a week. My son had it so bad it was in his eye brows and face but now it is just in a little spot

Chelsea - posted on 01/03/2011

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i had tried oil, and scrapping but i noticed if i srapped it off then with my daughters you could see that it was raw underneath then the next day she would have a crusty yelllow scab on the area i scrubbed off the kind after you pop a zip and the fluid hardens soI used selsen blue naturals shampoo, you have to be careful not to get it in the eyes but it started to clear my daughters craddle cap after first use, my ped. recommended it.

Carolyn - posted on 01/03/2011

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i dont know if you are breastfeeding but i have read that persistant cradle cap can be a sign of dairy intelorance to dairy protein in the breastmilk as a result of mom eating dairy , or to much dairy.

C. - posted on 12/31/2010

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What I did with my son was just use a soft wash cloth with his shampoo and gently 'scrub' the area. I have also heard of people using Head & Shoulders on a baby, or using a lotion on it to help loosen things up a bit.

Jodie - posted on 12/31/2010

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baby oil,rub it gently in to their scalp,oil it enuf so the skin will sart to peel under ya nail,and jus keep at it till it flakes away,it really simple.

Kaara - posted on 12/29/2010

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i know you all suggest baby oil, but that only works if you DO NOT take your child outside. if you do and they have the oil in their hair it will cook the top of their head. i have found that the "curash shampoo" used with a baby comb everyday works perfectly and i dont have to worry about cooking my sons skull.

Sarh - posted on 12/29/2010

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Cade's cradle cap wasn't tooo bad, but it was evident that he had it. All I did was give him his usual bath, left his hair moist, and then sat on the couch with him and combed against the "grain" (the opposite way that his hair laid) and WOW! the flakes came flying up! It made a mess with the flakes, but I only had to do this once! Granted I was at it for about 30m-1hr if not longer. But well worth it!
I hated using baby oil when I tried with my daughter because it took soo long for the cradle cap to finally go away! Also it leaves everything greasy!
A nice gentle head massage in the bath and then combing it after wards is what I will do with any of my future babies.

Katie - posted on 12/29/2010

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Baby oil an hour before his bath, use the soft scrubber thing, and then give him a bath! Sounds like Tiffany's done it a time or two...

Tiffany - posted on 12/28/2010

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Baby oil and a comb. Put warm water on your baby's head, then rub in the oil and use the comb to gently scrape the cradle cap off. It makes a mess but it works. After you're done, wash the hair well and dry it. You may need to do this a few more times. My daughter still has a small amount (she is 14 months) but it's almost all gone now. We only did this when it got real bad. They actually sell a soft bristled comb specifically for cradle cap at walmart so that it does not hurt the baby's head when combing off the cradle cap.

Brittany - posted on 12/28/2010

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My sons pedi said to use anti-dandruff shampoo on Mondays and Thursday. I constantly kept baby oil on his head and on the days he didn't get the anti-dandruff shampoo, in the baby section there's something for cradle cap.It has winnie the pooh on it, so I put that on his head in the bath.

Sarah - posted on 12/28/2010

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My son had cradle cap pretty badly, too. And he had it for a long time! :( I agree with the other two ladies. My son's eventually disappeared over time. (He's 15 months old now)

Kristin - posted on 12/28/2010

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Some doctors say to use dandruff shampoo but I didnt like the idea of using something with so many chemicals in it. I used a little scrubber that they gave me when my daughter was born and softly scrubbed her head with it while I gave her a bath.

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