Any methods for getting rid of craddle cap?

Marybeth - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9mos. old and still has craddle cap. Is there a way to get rid of it and prevent it from coming back?

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Sarah - posted on 05/02/2009

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When my son was an infant the doctor told us to bathe him as usual and shampoo his hair as usual, but then dry his hair and put baby oil on throughout his head and leave it on there. It worked great....just keep putting oil your daughter's head after bath time and see how it works.

Kristi - posted on 05/02/2009

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both of my boys had it. i put lotion on there head after each bath & would rub it on ther with a soft rag then that would loosen it up to wear i could pick it out. hope this works for you

Tara - posted on 05/02/2009

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I used Mineral oil with all 3 of my kids then washed it. Gerber used to make a cradle cap kit that I used with my youngest it worked for our second bout with it.

Suz - posted on 05/02/2009

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When my son had it, i thought my sister in law was nuts,, she told me to use crisco,, being a new mom, i was willing to try anything It worked! I put it on his head, rubbed it a little and washed it out,, and it never came back,, go figure,,,,,,,,,,

Dawn - posted on 05/02/2009

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soft baby brush and baby oil works a treat and when she in the bath and ur washing her hair try brushing whilst head in the water hope it helps xxxx

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its the baby shampoos like johnson and johnson that gives cradle cap but there is a shampoo called mustela that is made to treat that stuff its pricey and hard to find babies r us has it some times but beinga hairdresser i have learned its the shampoo

Alanna - posted on 05/02/2009

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i just used aveeno baby lotion (the thick stuff for eczema) rubbed it on his head, combed his hair back...by then he was ready for a nap, so i put him on a towel in his crib and when he woke up I gave him a bath, it was almost completely gone after that...i did it again before his next bath, the exact same way and it is gone and has not returned in about two weeks!!!

My son cannot use baby oil so I had to improvise, and to my surprise, it worked :)

Debi - posted on 05/02/2009

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when my son had it i used baby oil, and once it was comin off and not stuck to the head i used a nit come and went thou gentle...worked

Katherine - posted on 05/02/2009

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When my son was an infant, the doctor suggested to use Selsan Blue shampoo (2002/2003) and only use a drop about the size of a dime. It did help a little. I had also saw in Target that there was a shampoo for cradle cap and tried it also.

Holly - posted on 05/02/2009

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I softened it with baby oil, like the others, but continued softening with a leave in conditioner and brushing with a soft bristled baby brush. During the day you can also put baby lotion on the head BUT just run a hand under water then put a small amount of lotion, rub it together then apply. This way it doesn't look bad but is still getting the job done. Be careful not to over brush or comb so is not to damage the scalp (very sensitive).

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I used petroleum jelly brushed it in, then put baby shapoo on the hair and brushed that in at left it for a few minutes, then washed it out, might have to use shampoo a couple of times cause that stuff is greasy!! it worked better then baby oil for me, its up to you

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2009

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i used baby oil and a baby brush gets it of a bit of a time but it does work and it didnt come bk on my daughters head after tryin it. x

Angie - posted on 05/02/2009

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You can't 100% prevent it from coming back, but I found that if I brushed the top of my son's head with a soft brush when I shampooed his head, that it kept it under control. You can also soften it up first with a little baby oil and let it sit for a few minutes before washing the hair. Now that my baby has more hair, I don't notice it as much, but he still has a little cradle cap. it is mostly just skin that hasn't flaked off, unsightly, but not a problem otherwise.

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