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Cradle Cap

Sheryll - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter had quite bad Cradle cap Does anyone have any methods or remedies to get rid of it?

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Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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My prediatrician recommended using Selsun Blue for my babies cradel cap. You put it on at the beginning of the bath and let it soak. After bathing the child gently scrape the babies scalp with your finger nails. This worked very well for my baby. I had bought the cradle cap shampoo before my doctors recommendation and there is no comparison. The Selsun Blue worked much better.

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Sharalyn - posted on 12/07/2009

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First use a soft bristle toothbrush to rub off the excess flaking. Apply baby oil BEFORE you wash your baby's hair. THEN wash the hair with baby shampoo, towel dry, and apply Aveeno baby lotion to scalp. Worked for my baby, hope this helps!

Stacy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I've heard that babyoil and petroleum jelly work. I use the jelly myself. My daughter kind of gets it behind her ears not on top of her head so I just slather a small layer of jelly behind her ears and since the jelly is thick it won't drip down her neck or leave her skin overly greasy. Then in a couple of hours I just wipe the jelly and ickies away.

Jamie - posted on 12/07/2009

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after 3 with it...rub the baby oil over affected scalp and use a fine tooth comb...just keep combing through...it may take awhile..but it will help

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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My 2 youngest kids hav this same problem and baby oil didnt help! My doctor finally told me that they have excema! It can get really thick on their scalps and is worse in the winter time! It looks scaley on their skin but looks like cradle cap on their heads! She told us to use olive oil on their heads about 15 minutes before bath time and then gave us 2 perscriptions, one was a shampoo to wash their hair in and then once their hair was dry we have a rx lotion to rub on their scalps! Their hair does look oily after but i dont do the treatment if i know we are going somewhere other than grandmas or places like that! I would ask ur doctor what they say if it doesnt get any better!

Christina - posted on 12/06/2009

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I like using olive oil or almond oil and a baby brush for cradle cap. It is more natural than mineral oil/ baby oil.

Nicole - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughter had it bad I'd rub oil into the cradle cap a couple of times a day and leave it on untill she had her bath then would wash it off with a facewasher it took a week to get rid of it. Good luck.

Jodie - posted on 12/06/2009

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My daughter had bad cradle cap, she's now 8 months old, but a midwife told me to make a paste of bicarb soda and water and smear it on where there was cradle cap, then leave it for 15 minutes, rinse off with water and then use a comb or brush to lightly brush it away. It worked for me and it hasn't come back since. Hope this healps!!!

Amanda - posted on 12/06/2009

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My last child had it and we would scrub her head with a comb...they aren't as fragile as they seem. A good scrubbing will help a lot. Do it daily until it goes away.

Kim - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi, when my daughter had cradle cap i use to cover her head with olive oil ( you could use any oil tho )and then with a fine comb brush it out. this works wonders.

RACHAEL - posted on 12/06/2009

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The only thing I found that worked, which the hospital recommended, was using the Scrub Care Surgical Scrub Brush-Sponge/Nail Cleaner. You can get them from a medical supply store or from any hospital/medical clinic. The bristles on the them are exceptionally soft for baby's scalp, and totally got rid of my daughter's cradle cap within two to three uses. I still use it occasionally to keep any debris (oil and skin flakes) from building up.

Jen - posted on 12/06/2009

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My kids all had cradle cap & I used the baby oil with a baby comb. Rub the baby oil in their scalp which will help soften it & then gently comb it out. It does take time & patience. And yes like previously mentioned it does get messy.

Melanie - posted on 12/06/2009

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my daughter's pediatrician gave me an old remedy to help with my baby's cradle cap... take a little bit of olive oil, rub onto scalp, let it sit for about 10 mins, gently use a baby comb or brush for about a minute on the scalp, put her in the bathtub, then use a small amount of the original blue-label head and shoulders shampoo (make sure not to get it in her eyes) and wash out the oil. Repeat once a week for a couple weeks and you will start to see results. There are other good remedies out there... but I just wanted to give ya another option ^_^

Sheryll - posted on 12/06/2009

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Thanks I have tried oil and combing it off but it seems to come back again but I did only do it like a couple of times over a month.

Iris - posted on 12/06/2009

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When my son was young , we use to use baby oil on his head after a bath. Not alot though, just about a quarter of a teaspoon.. Rub it in gentley and it should help to get rid of it..

Pam - posted on 12/06/2009

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a warm moist cloth held to the head before is also something i would suggest. also i used shampoo, and the baby brush instead of a comb. or even just a wash rag. soft is the key, along with a softening agent like warm oil, warm water, or ver gental sulfur free shampoo. they all soften and loosen it. I also am a stylist. = ) I will also add, to watch for a return of cap when they start washing thier own hair!!

Jeanne - posted on 12/06/2009

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My recommendation that my hair stylist recommended to me is using baby oil. I used it for both of my daughters and once my sister and I sat with her daughter and did it and had fun together! I rub the baby oil into the scalp and then use a comb and gently scrap the cradle cap off. Be gentle as it's my understanding that if you are too hard on their scalp with the comb you could make them bleed, but I was always gentle and it was never a problem. (If the baby is getting irritated or the scalp pink - stop! You can always give it a break for a couple of days. Also, be careful to not use a sharp comb - something with nice rounded edges.) The baby oil and the gentle combing always did the trick and the babies seemed to enjoy the gentle combing/massaging of their scalp. Once I was done, their hair would be full of skin chunks and oil! Looks pretty gross so it was always followed by a warm bath and gentle shampooing.

Darla - posted on 12/06/2009

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My son had it bad as a baby so what i did was took a comb and loaded baby oil on his head and brushed back and forth with the comb to scratch (lightly) some of the dry scalp up, then i washed his hair and did it again 2 more times. do this twice a day for 3 or 4 days and it will go away.

Bonnie - posted on 12/06/2009

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baby oil is good but ive never had to deal with it all the best of luck :)

Bonnie - posted on 12/06/2009

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baby oil is good but ive never had to deal with it all the best of luck :)

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