Rash and Cradle cap :(

Amber - posted on 04/18/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Looking for advice on persistent cradle cap and a facial rash.
Things I've tried on the cradle cap:
-small amounts of selsan blue
-the ointment with pooh bear on the cover
-baby oil and combing out the flakes (works best but after over a week of straight use and it going away... it comes back with full force!!)

Things I've tried on the facial rash
-baby oil
-Eucerin (what the doctor told us to use)
-Extra strength Eucerine

Something to note... his face stinks about a half hour after I put the lotion on it...

Could his facial rash be Rosatia??
Anything else to try?

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User - posted on 04/19/2009

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My girl had cradle cap at about 1 month. We just used medical olive oil which you can buy at any pharmacy. Try putting it on a few times a day. Hope it helps.

Gemma - posted on 04/19/2009

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hi my son had bad cradle cap and we left the baby oil on all night and washed it off in the morning and we havent had a problem since hope this helps

April - posted on 04/19/2009

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As a nursing student we were told to apply the baby oil to their head and leave it on for the entire night and then wash their hair the next morning as you come through it with a fine comb. Not sure if you left the baby oil on the head for a night or if you did it right away? I would get the rash checked out to rule out eczema- make sure to only use cotton clothing on your baby to prevent any allergic reactions that could be causing the rash. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son went through this when he was 2 1/2 months old. In fact, it got so bad, it got infected and started spreading all over his body, and we needed a prescription for Keflex to get it completely cleared up. To get rid of it, we did use the hydrocortisone cream, just on the worst parts. Just put a little tiny bit on about an hour before his bath, and wash it off when you bathe him. We also used Aquaphor, which is from the same line as Eucerin. What we did (and still do every night), is soak him in the bath for 5 to 10 minutes (no soap, it can dry their skin out, we only use soap once a week), then take him out and immediately coat him all over with the Aquaphor. Don't dry him first! After the Aquaphor is on, you can pat dry if he is still really wet in places. When the rash was really bad, our pediatrician told us he should be so greasy he feels like he'll just slip right through our hands if we pick him up. Then we put him in a long one piece pajama for the night so it doesn't all rub off immediately. It cleared up really quickly, and doing the Aquaphor every night helps it from coming back, because he has really sensitive skin. He's 6 months now, and doing really well. Oh, and the cradle cap didn't go away so fast, but it did eventually go away. Try putting the oil on an hour before the bath when you do the hydrocortisone cream, and then in the bath, use a soft tooth brush to scrub his head; you can scrub pretty hard without hurting him, although he probably won't enjoy it much. I hope he gets better soon!

Misty - posted on 04/18/2009

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I just found out my 19 month old has Eczema, she has it on her cheeks and under her mouth at her chin. I did some research on the internet and from what I read they (Dr's) consider cradle cap and Eczema the same type of skin disease. The Dr. told me to use Hydrocortisone 1%. I have to use that 3 times a day. I'm not sure if you could use that for a baby-baby. I would check with your pediatrician. I have a friend that used baby oil and pure olive oil for cradle cap.

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