How do I get rid of Cradle cap?

Christina - posted on 08/01/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 1/2 months old and has developed the ''Cradle Cap''. Just want to take a soft comb and rub it out but I've read that you shouldn't do that b/c it will just come back worse. She has a good amount of hair, and I don't want to damage her skin, we have her 4 month apt comming up and I plan on speaking to her ped about it, but in the mean time any helpful ideas/remedies would be great! Thank you!

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i just visted the health nurse for my 8wo and was told to use anti dandruff shampoo that is 1% or under or mild stuff i am going to try it tonight i have done the olive oil, baby oil and mostriser tricks the kinda worked i was also told to put them on after the bath then wash of next day as the heat and water softens the skin and opens the pores making it easier to get off

Tara - posted on 08/03/2009

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there are a couple homeopathic safe remedies you could use.. the first thing you can try is pretty much the same the other moms on this post have told you to try... except I would use vitamin E oil rub it in and leave it in apply 3 times a day and after about two days of doing this shampoo then comb out. If that doesnt work you can use a bit of cider vinegar on the scalp( do not pour near the eyes), it works just like an anti-dandruff shampoo but its a natural approach for the babies sensitive scalp. or you can rub the juice from an aloe plant on to the area 3 times a day, same concept as the vitamin e oil. Hope it helps... no matter which method you choose it is something that in due time will pass:)

Jenni - posted on 08/02/2009

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My pediatrician told us to get the Sensitive formula of Selsun Blue and use that a couple of times a week, just be really careful about baby's eyes. Afterwards, we just softly brushed it out. It went away and never came back.

Jenni - posted on 08/02/2009

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My pediatrician told us to get the Sensitive formula of Selsun Blue and use that a couple of times a week, just be really careful about baby's eyes. Afterwards, we just softly brushed it out. It went away and never came back.

Rebecca - posted on 08/02/2009

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Ok to all those out there saying use baby oil please don't!!! Cradle cap is actually caused by excessive hormones creating more oil on the baby's head and therefore sticking, baby oil will make it worse as will any kind of oil. The two things I was told by a midwife and that worked amazing for me were to cover his head in vaseline after his bath one evening then brush it the next morning (got rid of almost all of it), then use a diluted wash of baking soda and water will help bring the pH balance back, within a few days my son's head was clear and I used it for any minors returns!

Lyndsay - posted on 08/02/2009

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My son had a very mild case and I just squirted baby oil in his bath water and combed it out after. My sister's baby had it much worse and had to get a prescription cream for it, which made the baby lose all her hair on that spot.

Sammie-Jo - posted on 08/02/2009

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My grandad always swore by brylcream. So with both of my sons i tried this and it worked. just rub it in and then brush out. i havnt used anything else and my friends now swear by it!

Lora - posted on 08/02/2009

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there is also a kit from Gerber made specifically for cradle cap if nothing else seems to help, it came with a special brush, lotion, gel, and oil for bathtime, it worked well.

Lauren - posted on 08/02/2009

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I used what was already in the house bc I wanted to avoid chemicals (like not even using Johnson's stuff yet, all organic), so I lathered his head with olive oil, massaged it in, threw a cap on his head and about an hr later took cap off and brushed his head-repeated every few days-depends on how bad urs has it though. He didnt have this problem longer than 2-3wks after I did this..also his Dr. said if they have dry skin (like I do) then not to wash his hair more than once a week!

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my daughter had it and during bathtime i would put alil babyoil on her head then gently rub with a soft tooth brush. that is my doc told me to do for it. then rinsed it out and washed it with shampoo, and after bath brush with a soft baby brush.

Melissa - posted on 08/01/2009

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baby oil but what ever you do don't scrub too hard or pick at it. My sister-in-law gave her baby a bald spot on the top of his head, he looked like a balding man! My little guy didn't have it too bad so I would just not wash his hair, which he had lots of it, every night so the natural oils in hair would just help.

Heather - posted on 08/01/2009

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Just soften the area first, it doesn't matter if it's shampoo or some sort of light oil then use a baby brush or soft tooth brush to scrape it. Whatever u do don't force it.

Hannah - posted on 08/01/2009

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My daughter had a lot of hair, and I would put olive oil on her scalp about 15 minutes before bathtime, then during the bath, I would use a soft brush. After doing that about 3 or 4 times, the cradle cap was gone, and has not come back.

Kate - posted on 08/01/2009

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Rub a bit of baby oil into it a couple of hours before bath time and then gently rub it off with the flannel in the bath

Casey - posted on 08/01/2009

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Put the baby oil in a few hours before bath then use the comb in the bath while its all warm and soft. My daughter had lots a hair and it just takes effort of combing and remembering to put in the baby oil

Lizette - posted on 08/01/2009

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Well my son had it also & I found that taking a soft brush during his bath helped a lot. I have never heard that brushing it could make it worse, but there is also this cream that is sold at Babies R Us that kinda worked also, but since your daughter has hair it may not work as well. If this makes you feel any better, it shouldn't last too long. I hope I helped some...goodluck!

Kattie - posted on 08/01/2009

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When my Mattie had cradle crap, I used baby oil and massaged it in before bath time. Then I thoroughly washed her hair and combed it out. I made sure to really dry her hair aftereards. It took a little while, but it eventually went away. There is also a shampoo, but I didn't have to go that far.

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