Cradle cap

Amy - posted on 08/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is two months old and he got cradle cap a couple weeks ago. I have been putting vasaline in it, and combing it, and washing it and it looks the same day after day. I read that it can take up to a year for it to go away... is this true?? if so its gonna drive me nuts before then. He has dark brown hair and a lot of it so it is all flaky on top sometimes. Is there anything else I can do that works??

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Courtney - posted on 08/23/2009

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At about 6 months I started using Selsun Blue shampoo twice a week. After a month or so my daughter's cradle cap was gone. We're back to using regular baby shampoo now and it hasn't come back!

Amanda - posted on 08/23/2009

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my neice is over a year and still has it but i don't think they do anything about it. my daughter also had it when she was 2 months old and i would put baby oil on it and let it really soak in and get the cradle crap smooth enough to comb out. i did it twice a day maybe 3 or 4 days in a row. to prevent it i heard you need to comb their hair everyday whether they have it or not. it keeps it from becoming really bad anyway. good luck:)

Lori - posted on 08/23/2009

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I am not sure if you have heard of Melaleuca. They have a renew cream that is awesome for cradle cap and diaper rash (all natural)

Jill - posted on 08/23/2009

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There is some specific cream for cradle cap that I found at Wal-mart. You put it on before you wash the hair- brush it in and then shampoo and rinse. I found oils or vaseline only made it worse.

Yvonne - posted on 08/23/2009

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You don't really need to do anything, but if it bothers you, try shampooing more frequently and gently brushing your baby's scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel.



For stubborn cases, some parents find an oil remedy helpful. (The oil helps to loosen dry flakes.) If you want to give it a try, rub just a small amount of a pure, natural oil — such as almond or olive oil — on your baby's scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then gently comb out the flakes with a fine-toothed comb or brush them out with a soft brush.



Be sure to follow up by washing your baby's scalp with a gentle baby shampoo — the last thing you want to do is leave oil on his head, which could clog the pores and cause the flakes to stick. You might try leaving the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing, to help cut the oil.

Kayliecia - posted on 08/23/2009

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for the scalp and eyebrows, you can massage in olive oil or baby oil, then gently comb or brush out the flakes. This isn't a cure, however, and the crusts generally keep building back up again for the whole first year of life. You can get rid of cradle cap once and for all using dandruff shampoo (either a selenium or a tar based shampoo is fine) twice a week for several weeks. You can decrease the frequency as the condition improves. You may need to use it once a month or so to keep the "dandruff" away.

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