any one know how to get rid of cradle cap? I tryed baby oil and Im now switching her shampoo/body wash to see if that helps but It dosent seem to go away!

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I see you've received many helpful hints, but what I found that worked for my son was apricot oil found at a natural food store. I didn't want to use adult shampoos on his scalp like Head and Shoulders and T-gel that contained coal tar and other chemicals and sulfates such as PEG-120 Tetrasodium EDTA & Methylparaben.

So I rubbed in a little oil for a few days without washing it. When I did wash his hair, I lightly scrubbed his scalp and almost all of the cradle cap was loosend up. It was quite a mess and it took a while to comb it out. His scalp was a bit pink after combing . I continued using a little oil during the week to remove the very little remaining cradle cap and that was the end of it. Good luck!

Marika - posted on 03/18/2009

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We used baby lotion on his scalp and that seemed to work. I heard it was hormonal is that true?

Angela - posted on 03/04/2009

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Have you ever heard of Arbonne? They have a complete baby care line that is all natural and has baby shampoo and baby oil that has worked for me! I would just keep up with the shampoo and baby oil and use a fine comb to brush out as much as possible. Good Luck!

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Laura - posted on 04/02/2009

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My son never had cradle cap and I never figured out why, but my daughter had it. My daughter has really bad skin allergies like I do and the only thing I found that worked was washing her hair once a week with a bar soap from www.crazytimescandles.com. They are a candle and bath co. and they have awesome stuff that smells great. And works wonders especially for someone who has bad skin allergies.

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2009

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It may sound crazy but I used a fine toothed comb and then applied hydrocortisone CREAM not the oil!  It was gone in a couple days

Dawn - posted on 03/21/2009

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I used olive oil on my son. Put some on babies head, let sit and the comb off flakey skin.

Katy - posted on 03/21/2009

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I have used Dentinox shampoo and found it really good, but as soon as I use another shampoo it returns. It's not too expensive so may be worth a try.

Heather - posted on 03/21/2009

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i used baby oil. let them sleep with it in their hair over night and pick at it in the morning. it should come off ok as it will be set in. good luck!

Talia - posted on 03/21/2009

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Quoting Krissy:

any one know how to get rid of cradle cap? I tryed baby oil and Im now switching her shampoo/body wash to see if that helps but It dosent seem to go away!




my baby had the same thing and we couldn't get rid of the cradle cap until we used cortisone ointment, but we prefer the cortisone cream.  This should work after using it after bathtime for 1 week.  hope this helps

ME - posted on 03/21/2009

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Callendula...you can find it at any whole foods, or wild oats or health food/natural pharmacy.

Jane - posted on 03/21/2009

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Zwitzal haar lotion. It is a Dutch product. Go to a Dutch store to find this.



It smells divine. You put it on your baby's scalp and within days it will be gone.

Karen - posted on 03/20/2009

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hi, sebulux (something like that, can buy it at any pharmacy, in light blue/aqua bottle), it works wonders. it was recommended by my pediatrician.

Karen - posted on 03/20/2009

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hi, sebulux (something like that, can buy it at any pharmacy, in light blue/aqua bottle), it works wonders. it was recommended by my pediatrician.

Carol - posted on 03/20/2009

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Try putting regular (your own) conditioner on before washing her hair and rub in well, then wash as normal. It worked with both my girls, and the tip was from a hairdresser friend.

Melody - posted on 03/20/2009

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my boyfriend says mineral oil does wonders for cradle cap but i found baby lotion works too I know you probably have heard ppl say baby lotion before i'm just throwing it out there for you let me know how it works out.

Vickie - posted on 03/20/2009

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If you used the baby oil or vasilene with a fine tooth comb and combed the hair back and it did not work call the doctor up they do have a shampoo that will get rid of it. Johnson Baby shampoo is a good shampoo it is not harsh. Only wash the babys hair 1 time a week. Good Luck!

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Aveda has a shampoo and a conditioning product, anti dandruff. I used it once on my granddaughter's hair and never had to use it again. Gave it to my son who has always had a dandruff problem and it really worked! Since it's made by Aveda, it's natural and gentle.

Jen - posted on 03/19/2009

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I have a cream and shampoo by California Baby...it had calendula in it...it helped...also helped his eczema. i thin kyou can find it online...my dad bought it for us at Briarpatch which is a health food store.

MarthaLynn - posted on 03/19/2009

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Ok, here's the cure, but you have to know it will stain your baby's head purple.  Which is okay, if you like Barney...  It's called gentian violet nad you can get it at most pharmacies.  It's a homeopathic remedy usually used for thrush (when it will stain your nipples purple).  Just exfoliate at night with an old, soft brush, then you kinda paint baby's head with it.  My sister cured her baby's cradle cap with it, but you have to do it for a few days.  You might also buy a coupla hats while you're at it!  :)  Hope this helps.

Bridget - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son Drew (9) had it when he was a baby.  We used a soft toothbrush and babyoil.  This didn't get rid of it but if you had to get pictures taken...it was a short solution.

Cindy - posted on 03/19/2009

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Our doctor had recommended washing gently with baby shampoo and a soft brush that we got from the hospital - worked wonderfully.

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i used vegetable oil. i let it sit on her head for about 10 minutes and then used a very fine tooth baby comb to "scrape" the flakes off. it worked really, really well. afterwards, i shampooed her head/hair and her scalp looked great! good luck! :)

Billie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Krissy:

any one know how to get rid of cradle cap? I tryed baby oil and Im now switching her shampoo/body wash to see if that helps but It dosent seem to go away!




When washing her hair, use her baby brush to scrub her head. My dr told us to use Hydrocortisone 2 times a day. It work fast and cleared it up.

Chasa - posted on 03/19/2009

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i just put oil on it baby oil or whatever then let it soak and then comb it out carfully..then wash..my hairdresser said head and shoulders works....but you would really have to be carefull of their eyes!! and skin..so im not sure about that.

Lissa - posted on 03/19/2009

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When my kids had it I didn't get any fancy shampoos I was just careful to make sure the water washing the shampoos out was toatally clean. So not the used slightly dirty bath water baby was sitting in,but a separate clean bucket or bowl of water. Otherwise your just putting the dirt back onto baby and it builds up with baby's sweat which I was told is what causes the craddle cap in the first place. Good Luck :0)

Gloria - posted on 03/19/2009

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Whatever solution you use, I found that when washing their hair and then also massaging E oil or Olive oil or coconut oil in with a soft toothbrush seemed to make the difference.  It was genlte enough but also small enough to control where I was working.

Cherise DuBay - posted on 03/19/2009

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Regarding the cradle cap.....I am a mom of 3 kids. I would take a soft bristled brush (which you get when you had the baby) and when you bathe the child....just softly brush out the cradle cap with the baby shampoo on it. Keep doing that until it is gone. Works every time!

Megan - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Krissy:

any one know how to get rid of cradle cap? I tryed baby oil and Im now switching her shampoo/body wash to see if that helps but It dosent seem to go away!




My daughter had a mild case.  I used the baby oil & it worked for us.  I rubbed it in & let it set for 10-15 min the gently scrapped the loose flakes with a baby comb. It took about a week but went away & didn't come back. Joshson & Johnson shampoo is what we use.

Tracy - posted on 03/19/2009

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I always used vaseline. I would apply in the afternoon as it would be greasy, leave on for hr, then in the bath comb it through an wash out, i did this every other day till it wnet worked wonders an u raely need to do it again..

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Pediatrician and hairdresser said not to use any oil because it can clog the hair follicles. It doesn't smell nice but T-Gel worked well for my daughter. Just massage into scalp then use soft bristle brush or comb to comb out the dry skin. Combing backwards worked better. After 2-3 washings she was cradle cap free.

Laura - posted on 03/19/2009

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You've gotten lots of great advice. When my son had c. cap I used the baby oil and soft bristled brush trick. What really helped though was only shampooing his head about twice a week instead of every day. They really don't need it washed more than that. Once we cut back on the soap our boy's natural oils took care of the rest and it went away quickly. We were just drying out his scalp more and making it worse when we shampooed his head frequently.

Amanda - posted on 03/19/2009

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My baby had it too, we brushed her hair constantly and within a few days there was a huge improvement!!!!!!! By one week, it was completely gone:)

Karin - posted on 03/19/2009

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My baby had it.

Put any oil on their head, let it soak, then carefully peal off the scabs and wash their hair with plain water.

Don`t was your baby`s hair with shampoo, yes it smells nice, but it causes cradle cap and baby dont really get dirty hair

Karin - posted on 03/19/2009

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My baby had it.

Put any oil on their head, let it soak, then carefully peal off the scabs and wash their hair with plain water.

Don`t was your baby`s hair with shampoo, yes it smells nice, but it causes cradle cap and baby dont really get dirty hair

Tammy - posted on 03/19/2009

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my daughter had cratel cap when she was a baby. her doctor suggested that i take some of her baby shampoo and mix just a little of olive oil and let it sit on her scalp for a minute or so and then after you dry her head off take the comb and go over her scalp. after a couple of times it was all gone. remember this has nothing to do with anything you have done as a mom. good luck

Charissa - posted on 03/19/2009

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Oil isn't good honey!!! That will make it worse. Go to walmart and get the cradle cap shampoo. You should be able to find it in the baby aisle. Works wonder.

Ronelle - posted on 03/19/2009

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I masaged my son's scalp with Jojoba oil every day and washed his hair twice a week, within 2 weeks the cradle cap had cleared completely.

Louise - posted on 03/19/2009

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my midwife sugested almond oil rather than olive and baby made products and massage it into the scalp after a bath and then leave it over night and give it a good scratch in the morning

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Firstly ... don't use any products that aren't 100% natural and organic. My baby never had cradle cap till his granny washed his hair with Elizabeth Anne. Its supposed to be so gentle right (like so many other products) I tried to pick off as much as possible although some say you shouldn't. I then applied a mixture of castor oil, evening primrose oil, rosemary essential oil and thyme essential oil. Try and use natural products for your baby. Which country are you in? You can also ask your local health shop or have a look online. Good luck!

User - posted on 03/18/2009

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Sometimes it's easier just to not wash their hair and let the natural oils build up. Use lots of olive oil or vitamin E. Just let those other oils do their thing as well.

Louise - posted on 03/18/2009

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use baby oil and leave it on, reapplying everyday for 3 days then while your baby is in the bath use a headlice comb i swear by it don't wash the oil of leave it on for the 3 days

Dianne - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi I used Apricot Kernal Oil....and always brush their hair with a soft brush ( even if they don't have much hair) , This stimulates the natural oil in the scalp. I found this got rid of it pretty quickley. Iahve 3 children. Good luck

Tracey - posted on 03/18/2009

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Use just a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone cream. It worked for my baby. Place it on after the bath. Just needs to be about a dime size of cream and rub it in. Try for a couple of days. Good luck.

Penny - posted on 03/18/2009

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Ask your doctor for a topical called Nizoral Shampoo or the generic term is Ketoconazole Shampoo 2%. You have to massage it in the scalp and then use a comb to help the flakes on the head come off. I tried baby oil on my daughter and it didn't do anything for her.

Penny - posted on 03/18/2009

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Ask your doctor for a topical called Nizoral Shampoo or the generic term is Ketoconazole Shampoo 2%. You have to massage it in the scalp and then use a comb to help the flakes on the head come off. I tried baby oil on my daughter and it didn't do anything for her.

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son actually had cradle cap till he was over 1 and I have no idea why. I was at Target and found cradle cap care and it's in a green bottle and it says Genlte Naturals Disney baby Cradle cap care. It worked! Maybe you could try that!

Jennifer - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son actually had cradle cap till he was over 1 and I have no idea why. I was at Target and found cradle cap care and it's in a green bottle and it says Genlte Naturals Disney baby Cradle cap care. It worked! Maybe you could try that!

Emma - posted on 03/18/2009

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hiya....my son's 7 months old now and had really bad cradle cap...the best thing i found works is a shampoo called dentinox which you can pick up from any chemist or supermarket....hope this is helpful to you..xx

Sara - posted on 03/18/2009

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hia! alot of people have wrote to use johnsons range but that can make it alot worse. i went to tesco's and found a brilliant cradle cap shampoo that also smells nice.  it is called Dentinox- cradle cap treatment shampoo! its absolutly brilliant!

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i know you said you tried baby oil but did you try putting it on an hour or so before her bath my doctor told me to do this it worked great

Kayleigh - posted on 03/18/2009

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olive oil soaks into the skin better than baby oil. or any massage oil (no nuts tho)

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