How do I cure my son's "cradle cap" (dry, peely scalp) and baby acne??

Shannon - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 123 moms have responded )

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It really bothers me, and I thought washing his hair would help but it didn't. Does anyone know of a cure? And I try keeping his face washed and clean but it still has pretty bad baby acne...



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Marianne - posted on 09/30/2009

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My doctor recommended Denorex every other shampoo ( careful it really sting the eyes!!) and baby oil everyday...and it really works...most importan thiong is DON"T PICK IT OFF!!! picking it off just makes it worse and can hurt their little heads...hope this helps :)

Tanesha - posted on 09/26/2009

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Head and Shoulders shampoo and change the baby's milk. Both of my girls had cradle cap and baby acne (eczema). The head and shoulders twice a week applied with a toothbrush definitely works. Clear up the acne with benadryl cream (HYDROCORTISONE 1%). Store brand works perfectly from Target or Wal-mart. Apply it at bath time and in the morning when washing his face. Then look at switching to soy formula. Turns out the eczema was due to milk allergies. If you are nursing, increase your water intake and limit your milk intake to once a day.

Heather - posted on 09/26/2009

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My second son had terrible "cradle cap" when he was an infant. I used Head & Shoulders shampoo. It worked quickly.

Kat - posted on 10/01/2009

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have u tried baby oil or some fragrance free sensitive skin baby lotions? im not sure about the acne though. ive only had to deal with the cradle cap

Robin - posted on 10/01/2009

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Aveeno oatmeal shampoo with a soft baby's brush. Wet hair as always, then use shampoo with baby brush. Don't wash baby every day he or she needs their natural oils. And as far as the baby acne it has to clear up on its own. Don't use anything on it, because it will scar him or her later. It's your hormones going though their body.....

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Tracie - posted on 04/19/2012

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DOVE SOAP MY DEAR... MY 2 MONTH OLD SON, SAME THING,,, DOVE SOAP.. CLEARED EVERYTGHING

Miranda - posted on 10/01/2009

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My baby girl never had this problem, but my cousin gave me a great tip in case it did. When your son awakes, saturate his head in baby oil, careful about the eyes..use a rat-tail comb OR one of those soft-bristled baby brushes in the bath while rinsing it out. She swears by it&that way you don't have to buy anything out of the ordinary!



As far as the baby acne, I put mometosane (sp?) cream on it. That's what her pedi gave me for her pityriasis rosea (really dry skin patches that look like ringworm, but aren't) and I figured "what the heck" and tried it one day, healed THAT day!

Heather - posted on 10/01/2009

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My kids Dr told me to use dove soap on cradle cap & to take a fine tooth comb & gently scrub the head.

Ree - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son had cradle cap pretty bad and what I did was used baby oil and a soft bristled vibrating toothbrush..the one that has the tongue scraper on it and used it on him..it worked well and my son didnt mind it because it was massaging his head

Bianca - posted on 09/30/2009

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for the baby acne you need to consult your doctor. they will give you a cream for exzema. it works GREAT! my son had it bad! also for the cradle cap there is nothing you can do for it. it will eventually go away on it's on once it's dried up and looks like it's ready to peel you can help it by combing it off with your son's baby comb! that's what i did for mayson and it hasn't came back. but dont use lotion it will only make it worse bcz lotion eventually dries up and just make a big mess. you can try baby oil but you want the cradle cap to be dry so it can fall off or you can comb it off!

Vivian - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap and baby acne. Both will clear up on its own but what you can do to help the cradle cap is wash his hair and let it soak up the water. you will notice that is feel thick and looks very whitish yellow. Use his baby brush and brush SOFTLY a couple times a week. Hope that helps :o)

Davie - posted on 09/30/2009

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He'll most likely grow out of the acne! As for the cradle cap, with all 3 of my kids, I put a tiny drop of Jonhson&Johnson babyoil on it. Then put a cap over their heads for a short time. Just make sure when u give them a bath that you wash it off and put more before going outside. Hope it works for you!

Emily - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter had horrible cradle cap! The only thing that worked for her is hydrocordisone (I think I spelled that right lol) Nothing helped her ance, though. And some of her acne was due to heat rash, so once I figured that out it got a lot better lol.

Melisa - posted on 09/30/2009

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I scrubbed my sons hair with baby oil and a soft brush it worked pretty well .

Christina - posted on 09/30/2009

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My children had it very bad and was told to use baby oil. After the baby oil has been on there for a while, use a baby brush and brush the scalp, not heavily becasue that would irritate the scalp, but just enough that you start to see some of it begining to loosen up. Doing this three times a day should help.

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The best thing ever I found for Cradle Cap--you can get it at Walmart--Gentle Naturals by Disney Baby--Cradle Cap Care--cradle cap takes awhile to get rid of, but with this stuff it makes it so much easier to deal with. Good luck Shannon!

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What i did that seemed to work after searching the internet for remedies was: baby oil on his scalp rubbed in lightly then used his brush to break up the flakes, then washed his head and I did that maybe twice a day. And it was gone within 2 days.

Arifah A - posted on 09/30/2009

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For the cradle cap, try putting soem babyOil on her'hers head let it sit for a while then use a comb and gentle comb his/her hair. I did it with my son and it went a way, Comtinue to add a bit of baby oil every day it'll help to keep the scalp moisturized.

Isabel - posted on 09/30/2009

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try baby oil , rubbe it on his had and than comb it out witha baby fine comb keep doing it it will come out . my kids all had it and thats what I used. good luck..

Tara - posted on 09/30/2009

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Shannon,



I have always heard and used baby oil for cradle cap, put it on after bath time. Also there is a plastic bristle brush (I think Salley's sells them) that you can sort of scrub at his scalp while you are washing his hair. (It has soft bristles so it wont hurt) I used this method with my oldest son, and it worked pretty well. Also, try not washing his hair everyday.





As far as baby acne.... Sometimes it can be a reaction to a soap, lotion, or laundry soap. If you are using lotion on his face, try changing it, or not using any. I have ALWAYS used oil of olay on my kids' faces (even the Wal Mart brand), and it seems to work well. If changing something doesn't work, then it will probably go away as he gets older.

Nichole - posted on 09/30/2009

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what I did..I would rub in baby oil and then comb it (gently) out..this usually does the trick if you let the oil soak in a bit..when bathing baby be sure to rinse all the shampoo out as this just makes more cap.

Tegan - posted on 09/30/2009

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i used olive oil left it in overnight and gave a good close to scalp comb in themorning then washed it out do that for a couple of days. But humdity is good too cause the head sweats and it lifts

Cheryl - posted on 09/30/2009

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Have you tried the cradel cap shampoo? or rubbing baby oil onto his head and leaving it over nite n washing it off it worked for my son i used both.

Bethany - posted on 09/30/2009

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For Charlotte I would rub generous amounts of oil into it in the morning (I used apricot oil, but any vegetable oil would do) then put a hat on for the day (to stop it getting everywhere) then that night I would gently wash it with baby shampoo giving it a little gentle scratch with my fingernails. Although it is not nice to look at, you mustn't worry about it as it will go away when their head stops growing so rapidly.

As for acne, it is not normal acne. When bub is born they have an excess of white blood cells to fight any infection as they enter our dirty world. Once their imune system gets stronger, they need to get rid of these extra white blood cells, and they come out through their skin. DO NOT pick them or touch them or try to treat them as they can be infected and get much worse. Just be happy that bub is getting nice and strong and give the above explaination to any one who dares to comment.

Christa - posted on 09/29/2009

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Try Melaleuca Oil to get rid of cradle cap. To prevent it, try using Koala Pal baby shampoo also by Melaleuca, it is made of all natural ingredients. Very safe to use on young children and infants. As for the baby acne, try some Renew Lotion, once again from Melaleuca. There products are all natural and amazing and best of all....safe for your children.

Christa

www.gogreen45kids.com

Courtney - posted on 09/29/2009

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My pediatrician told me to buy Head and Shoulders and use it each time you wash the baby's hair and it cleared ours up quickly.

Lisa - posted on 09/29/2009

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Don't laugh but i used breast milk what could be safer. It took it away same day.

App+7mnejhu - posted on 09/29/2009

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I used a soft toothbrush and used selson blue to gently brush off the cradle cap. My son had it pretty bad and I only had to do this two times and it cleared it right up. Just be careful not to to get it in his eyes!

Brandi - posted on 09/29/2009

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My baby has mild cradle cap, its only a bit of flaky dry skin that remedied itself, however my very good freinds gave me some advice, along with my baby's pediatrician. One friend told me to use olive oil,a small amount, massage into hair / head and let sit for 10 min or so, then brush off with a SOFT toothbrush. I tried this and it just made the dry skin mushy and clumo into his hair, although she swears it worked for her 2 kids. Mt other friend who is a nurse and mother of 4, told me to but cradle cap shampoo. It is sold in walmart, target, probaby some grocery stores, and is Disney brand, with whinie the poo and other characters on the bottle label. its about $7.00 and is said to work great. I never got to use it since his problem cleared on its own. The Dr said the same thing with using olive oil, but that it takes a bit of "elbow grease" when brushing the skin / scalp off and not to worry about the soft spot, you wont hurt it. As for acne....I am told (by the Dr. that that is cause by hormones left in the mother and babies bodies from the pregnancy and can be more pronounced if nursing your baby. He said that goes away on its own as does cradel cap

Morginn - posted on 09/29/2009

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my baby girl had/has it i used a little vegetable oil and a fine tooth comb and it is edible so you know it is safe...try it it works...good luck

Paola - posted on 09/29/2009

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try Mustela baby shampoo...it's made for cradle cap. As far as the acne...my daughter had it as well...it lasted for a month or so, so don't stress about it too much! :)

Emily - posted on 09/29/2009

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I never ever ever used baby oil....Who would ever think that a product made for babies could also hurt them? Unfortunately, baby oil-a staple of the nursery-contains almost 100% mineral oil which has many hazardous side effects...



First of all, mineral oil is a petroleum ingredient. It comes from crude oil and and is used as a metal cutting fluid.



It coats the skin like plastic wrap. When applied, mineral oil can promote acne and other skin disorders. Mineral oil also slows down normal cell development and causes the skin to prematurely age.



The most significant hazard is that mineral oil blocks the pores of the skin. This does not allow the skin to breathe and prevents the natural release of toxins from the skin. Since the skin is the body's largest elimination organ, this is a serious health hazard, especially for a baby.



Another significant problem with mineral oil for babies is that it may possibly cause vitamin deficiencies because it is absorbed into the skin, gets processed by the liver and then nutrients get bound by the oil, blocking their absorption.



According to the International Agency for Research into Cancer in Geneva, mineral oils are probably carcinogenic as 'analyses of mineral oils used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes reveal the presence of several carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which are in the Eighth Report on Carcinogens, including benzofluoranthene, benzofluoranthene, and benzo[a]pyrene.' They're noted as a human teratogen by inhalation which has caused testicular tumours in the foetus. They are also skin and eye irritants and may be implicated in aspirational pneumonia.



I cannot recommend strongly enough that you do not use mineral oil for yourself, but especially not on a baby. Instead, choose a natural vegetable oil alternative. It will work far better and be safe for your baby.

Emily - posted on 09/29/2009

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Best thing I did....Soak your babies head in Johnsons baby lotion....Original if you got it because its good and thick...and smells good too =) Rub the lotion in and around all over where the cradle cap is....Take a comb...I regualr comb (small end) and gently do circular motions on the crdle cap...not pressing hard enough to hurt the baby but hard enough to get the yucky stuff off.....Comb extra out and wash babies head and hair with shampoo.....Reapeat if necessary...It may take a few days to totally get it to go away...But it works everytime! About the baby acne...Make sure his face stays clean and apply Aveeno Original Baby cream...no scents....It is really thick stuff and rubs in well.....

Colleene - posted on 09/29/2009

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i tried baby oil and it worked...but I found that it was running into my little boy's eyes.I found a baby oil gel..it works way better!! good luck :)

Danielle - posted on 09/29/2009

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My daughter had craddle cap and I went to Nutters and bought joba oil and I would rub it on her head and leave it for 10-15 min then was off her cap was all gone in 3 days and has not came back hope that helps

Courtney - posted on 09/29/2009

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ive seen a mother use baby oil and then comb it out with a fine tooth comb :) over time after doing this when its flaky it should get better, otherwise there is cradle cap shampoo avail at walmart these days

Sandy - posted on 09/29/2009

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My daughter had really bad cradle-cap. We got rid of it by using baby oil. everynight before bath time I would massage a little baby oil into her scalp and it would soften the cradle cap and I was able to wash it away eventually. Hope this helps!!!

Lindsay - posted on 09/29/2009

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I always used baby oil , worked for my kids, as for the acne it goes away i didnt use anything

Debora - posted on 09/29/2009

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look in baby care section of store they have a shampoo made for infants with cardle cap,i believe it johnsons and johnsons that makes it.try alvera gel its for all kinds of things from blancing moisture of skin to sub burns.

Gloria - posted on 09/28/2009

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The best thing I done for my kids when the cradle cap happened was washed them really good with the baby soap then I would put baby oil on their hair only at night and washed it off in the morning and brush the hair in the direction from forehead to back in a circular motion and that will help remove the dead dry skin and make way for the new healthy skin.... and the baby acne can be helped out by using baby Phisoderm ( I think that is how you spell it) It worked great for mine when they were at that age.

Karina - posted on 09/28/2009

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Velvet soap. It's a bar of soap, not liquid soap. Was better in just a couple of days. It's very gentle on their skin as well. Make sure that you wash your babies hair first, then rinse and then add soap to the water for washing the body and be sure not to get any soapy water on your babies head after you have rinsed it :)

Meagan - posted on 09/28/2009

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baby oil. 2ce a day.

once in the morning and once before bed. so his hair wont be too greasy. that what my dr said to do my baby has yet to have it! thank goodness!..

Jessica - posted on 09/28/2009

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just like all the other moms said, baby oil worked for my little one and the baby acne is just hormones that will go away. But mine still gets bumps when she gets hot, a heat rash, that always goes away after a nice soothing bath and moisturizer. Good luck!

Susan - posted on 09/28/2009

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i got rid of my girls craddle cap by when ever i got done giving her a bath i would brush her hair with a comb and at walmart they have a craddle cap cream it comes in a green tub it works great toooo.. baby acne is natural u have to let it take its course and keep it washed

Michele - posted on 09/28/2009

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My doctor told me to use Head and Shoulder's. I just got the original kind and used that it seemed to work it doesn't heal it completely right away but it does help and it smells great too! Do not use baby oil it makes it worse, although I had heard to use baby oil also. Baby acne will go away on its own! Hope this helps!

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My son had cradle cap and it was very slight and hard to notice b/c of all of his hair. I used baby oil to moisten it and I gently rubbed it with a q-tip. His did disappear with in a few weeks. Sometimes soap can dry it out even more so I wouldn't wash your baby's hair everyday unless it is dirty!!

Tisha - posted on 09/28/2009

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Hey, Both of my sons have cradle cap the best thing that someone told me was a little bit of baby oil and scrub it with a soft toothbrush when you are giving them a bath. It works great and i always put it on at 1st then it can soak up a little then i scrub it off towards the end of the bath.

Rebecca - posted on 09/28/2009

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Are you sure it's not eczema ? my son had it really bad i tried everything and finily took him to the drs and they said that to swich his soap and shampoos to dove sensitive it worked and with some cream that the dr gave him he is fine . worth a try

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