my baby has really bad cradle cap any advice?

Rose - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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hi my baby boy is 10 wks old and has terrible cradle cap. i've used olive oil but that made his head smell so bad and have tried dentinox shampoo but not working. help pls

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User - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi...I'm a RN and had the same problem with my babies.  It's so gross!  Use a small amount of head & shoulders, wash his hair every day and comb it out. It'll clear up after a few washes



Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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hi, my child also had very bad cradle cap the doctor made me use regular baby oil and a very soft toothbrush or a very fine comb and to try and wipe some off the top of his head this method seemed to work very i did it about twice a day and well within about 2 weeks it was completely gone.  Hopefully this could work for you too

Jade - posted on 01/25/2009

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my grandmother and great grand mother and mother just used baby oil, and make sure you wash the soap well out of his hair tyoo. but the bayb oil worked really weel for my fam :)

Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi my son had it bad and i used olive baby body and hair wash you can only get it from a chemist and is around 15 a bottle you only need a small amount, i got my first bottle free pack in a pack and have used it ever since go to www.reachme.co.nz and get a baby pack.

Kayla - posted on 01/25/2009

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I had this same question about a week ago! .. All the ladies on here pretty much told me to use Baby Oil. and thats what i did.. and his hair doesnt smell anymore..

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Tania - posted on 01/28/2009

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My pediatrician told me to use head and shoulders and it worked. Make sure it does not get into their eyes.

Marilyn - posted on 01/28/2009

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My youngest had cradle cap as a newborn and I put baby oil all over her head with a cotton swab, and then very gently combed through her hair and scalp and it helped bring it all out. Since the baby oil has a slight scent to it , it shouldn't leave a bad smell.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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my son used to get really bad cradle cap and the doctor used tell me to used the olive oil too and it never worked, so i decided to try my own method and used vasaline intesive care lotion, it comes in a small tub that and a baby brush, make sure you rub it in and brush afterwards, Hope i could help :)

Sara - posted on 01/28/2009

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my daughter had craddle cap and the doctor told me to use mineral oil on her hair.. rinse it out with dawn soap but just don't get it in her face and then use your regualr comb on her and it should take the craddle cap out but only do this once a week it worked on my baby and she's never had it again

Shawna - posted on 01/28/2009

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Put baby oil on it and let it sit there for a few hrs then brush it off with a soft baby brush and bath him. Dont forget to wash the head first before the rest of him. U may have to do the baby oil every bath. I am doing this with my second baby, my 1st baby never had this problem.

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughter had a pretty bad case when she was about that age.  And, it was doubly hard because she had soo much hair!  I have used baby oil, and the "treatments" you can buy specifically for cradle cap - they both work equally well.  You have to massage the oil into your baby's scalp for a little bit to soften it.  Then you can use a soft baby brush; that actually did not work for me, I used a comb, but I did so very gently and at an angle.  It may also help to use circular motions when combing over it.  After you have gotten out as much as you can, just wash his hair.  At this point, I would not use an anti-dandruff shampoo (it may irratate his scalp after all the combing)  It may take a few days of treatments to get it all out, and his hair will be greasy for a little while because of the oil.   After it's gone for a week or two, you can use the anti-dandruff shampoo every once in a while to make sure it doesn't come back.  Hope this helps! :)

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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My oldest son used to have really bad cradle cap too, I put johnsons baby oil on it for a day and it kinda helped...

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Quoting Brandy:

Read the bottle guys! You shouldn't be using medicated shampoos on children under 12!



I've only used it when the Doctor told me to use it.  And if the doc told me it was ok...then I'm guessing it was ok.

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cradle  cap is a form of eczema. Best bet is to contact the doctor and find out what they would have you do.  All babies are not alike.  My doc told us to use head and shoulders in the bath.  Then to use Aveno baby wash instead of the johnson & johnson type.  Also to put Aven baby lotion on his head.  Again, contact the doctor to see what is best for your baby.

Genna - posted on 01/27/2009

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baby oil is grat ever time u bath him wen he gets out put some on the brush his hair with a baby brush

Brandy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Read the bottle guys! You shouldn't be using medicated shampoos on children under 12!

Lindsay - posted on 01/26/2009

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There is a brush you can buy at walmart. It is a cradle cap brush, it has a sponge on one side and soft bristles on the other. When my child had some dry skin in his scalp I would use that with just the Johnson's head to toe and it went away.

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2009

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old wives tail is olive oil.... worked for me or if u are in australia... nutrimetics nutri rich oil. worked for me to

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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hi there try using something like paw paw cream and put it on a few hrs before bath then in the bath gently scratch off and then shampoo with maybe that other stuff you were using then id give a good rub again with the towel and maybe add light moisturiser just do this evryday till it goes its hard. my kids never got really got cradle cap and i think it was becoz i washed hteir hair every night and rubbed it really dry then moisturized. it will take time or try neutrogena T gel.

Krista - posted on 01/26/2009

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My son has a mild case of it.  I've heard of using baby oil and letting it soak in 30 mins. before his bath, combing or brushing out the dry skin and then shampooing the oil out.  I've also heard coflicting info (shampoo more often and less often).  I haven't used oil, but I've been putting Arbonne baby lotion on his head in the morning, brushing out the dry skin and then wiping his head with a wet cloth.  I also shampoo his hair every night at bath time.  It's been improving, I'll let you know if it continues to work.

Marie - posted on 01/26/2009

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Whatever you do please don't use any harsh chemicals not meant for a baby, the head a shoulders might work but it soaks into there skin isn't healthy...also baby oil and vasaline have patrolium in it, that is def not ok for a baby to have on there skin in my opinion. What kind of Olive Oil did you use? I am going through it with my little guy right now and what seems to be helping is extra virgin olive oil, leave on for twenty min, then comb or brush in circles lightly til it loosens most all the flakes, then give him a bath after brushing and shampoo with a natural shampoo such as the Aveno, after the bath just damp dry and then apply an eczema cream, like the one from Target in the baby isle with the little poo bear on the label. It really help and it isn't using anything harsh.... The reason for the cradle cap is hormones from the Mom coming out in the baby, it's the baby's way to detox it and can also be caused by the babies body trying to regulate the oil glands on the head.

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I actually put a little baby oil (johnsons) and used a soft toothbrush with warm water to brush it out. Then I shampooed it. I did this for about three days and it hasent come back!

Angela - posted on 01/26/2009

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I've used selsun blue or is it selson blue or selsen blue...it smelled okay and it worked within one or two uses!!

User - posted on 01/26/2009

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yes...I have advice!! ....my son had it really baad and I gently scrubbed it off in the bath with a cloth :) hope that helps

Beth - posted on 01/26/2009

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My daughter had really bad cradle cap for the longest time. Come to find out I was washing her hair too often. Babies all produce natural oils and they don't need to be washed all the time. My daughter is two now and gets a bath every night to wash off day-care germs, but I only wash her hair every 2 weeks (or sooner if she gets food in her hair :)) But yeah, I did that and used baby oil to help.

Saadya - posted on 01/26/2009

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I use pure shea butter. Put it on, let it sink in for a minute, then use comb to flake off. wash head with baby shampoo, reapply shea and diluted tea tree. You will have to repeat till gone, depending on the cradle cap.
lol,
Saadya

Tracy - posted on 01/26/2009

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When my baby had cradle cap the only thing I did was use Baby Oil it worked great!

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I baby oil my daughters head a few times a week. What also helps is before bathing, baby oil their scalp and take one of the soft baby brushes and sort of "massage" the scalp with it and it helps to break up the cradle cap. Then when you wash their head in the bath it comes off easier. It doesn't take it all off because cradle cap does keep coming back, but its lessens the amount.

Emma - posted on 01/26/2009

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try a little cooking oil on the babys head and gently rub with a babys toothbrush the bristles are soft so wont hurt babys head, this honestly worked for me. hope it works for u x

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I agree with Jennifer. My doctor told us to use the Head & Shoulders. Make sure it doesn't get into the eyes. And we also used a baby brush. We would make sure we wet his head down let it set for a few mins., then brush in the head & shoulders shampoo. Rinse and we used Aveeno baby lotion on his head after drying him off. That worked for us! About a week later his hair started to grow in and the cradle cap was gone! I still use the brush in the bath just to get his scalp clean and get any dry skin off.

Jen - posted on 01/26/2009

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My daughter had it when she was like 6 months which I thought was kind of late. We used a little bit of head and shoulders and then found a cradle cap treatment by natural care. It has winnie the pooh on the bottle. You put that one before the bath and then wash their hair as normal. The cradle cap finally went away even without consistent treatment.

Vanessa - posted on 01/25/2009

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I fought with cradle cap -- olive oil, baby oil, t-gel, etc. Then my pediatrician told me to just buy a hat and wait it out. My baby's skin is super sensitive -- he always has dry patches and red spots -- so whatever I tried helped one area and made another worse. It went away around 6 months (right when the doc said it would) and he was no worse for it. Sometimes, when it itched, I'd just put some lotion or even lanolin on those spots.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/25/2009

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The problem with oil is if you leave it on, it will aggitate it and make it worse.  You have to be careful to remove it all...even if you have to wash about a millon times.  My youngest had the worst time with it.  We tried everthing!!!!!  Head and Shoulders worked but I kept wondering what it was doing to her little baby skin.  I finally sat down with her with warm water and a baby tooth bruch and just kept brushing in warm water.  After about 10 minutes of massaging it in, the C Cap started flaking off and she loved it.  Just be patient.  Ive known a lot of ppl who have gotten so upset about it they ended up doing more damage than good.  It doesn't hurt them and will come off on its own...just depends how bad it is and how much it bothers you.  Hope that helps...

Christina - posted on 01/25/2009

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You can always use baby oil but drench his head in it... or there is a blue/greenish bottle that you can buy at target it has a picture of winnie the pooh and tigger on it. its for cradel cap it works really good. its like a lotion. I hope it works for you.

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i was told by my hair dresser to us vaseline. put it on before they go to bed and then wash it out in the morning...comes right off

Jac - posted on 01/25/2009

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Being a mum of 4 all mine have suffered with cradle cap to good remedies i use is baby oil massage into their hair leave over night then in the morning apply alittle more then using an eyebrow comb yes seems weird but it works brush that over it or castor oil has the same effect it just loosens it  but try to get it all while hes young cos the more hair the harder it is to get out

Jacqueline - posted on 01/25/2009

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baby oil and a baby comb. Sort of time consuming but it works like a charm. Rub the oil on the spots that have cradle cap and the comb brings the scalies off pretty easily. I used that trick with both of my kids.

Kylie - posted on 01/25/2009

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If you're still having no luck try paw paw cream.  rub it in after a bath, leave on over night and rinse in the morning.  All three of my kids had pretty bad cradle cap and this worked better then anything else I tried.  It's natural and it smells yummy too!

Diana - posted on 01/25/2009

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baby oil.. warm baby oil... massage your little ones head.. dont pick it off.. you will pick the babies hair out too!!

Sherry - posted on 01/25/2009

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use a cradle cap shampoo and a baby brush while washing. this will make sure the shampoo penetrates the flakes. dry baby oil spray will not make the hair too greasy but will still help moisturise. brish it in with the baby brush as well.

Sara - posted on 01/25/2009

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put evening primrose oil on his head before he goes to bed and wash it off in the morning then put it on again for the day

Donna - posted on 01/25/2009

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hello im donna . when my lil one had cradle cap i rubbed in a little olive oil it wrked a treat try it.xx u can get it from the health shops aswell.xx

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I got advice from someone and it worked!!! They told me to give your baby a warm bath everynight.....I thought that was not a good idea because it can dry out the skin more....I used the johnsons night time bath and lotion each night starting when he was 5 weeks old. After a few nights the cradle cap was gone and his skin was soft and clean. I always made sure to put lotion on his body and head after every bath. Not only that but he sleeps good to!!!

Hes 9.5 months old and he still gets his baths!!!

GOOD LUCK!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2009

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I used head and shoulders, just a little bit, and just be careful not to get it in the eyes. Worked for me, although my son didnt have a severe case of it, I also used a soft brush while he was in the bath and then rinsed all the dead skin away, that worked too.

Crystal - posted on 01/25/2009

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My babies never had a bad case but they had some. I was told to wash the hair with soft baby soap then take a soft baby brush and gentle brush it. The baby oil goes on after. You dont want to do it every day just every other  but wash the hair everyday and the baby oil.

Samantha - posted on 01/25/2009

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in addition to the baby oil...i used a brush that is for getting the "hairs" off of corn...its really soft and worked great for us

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