How do i get rid of cradle cap ? baby has a small patch on scalp but nothing is working.

Fiona - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old son, has had a patch of cradle cap on his scale. When i bath him it goes away but starts to come back a few hours later.



I have tried baby oil and combing as advised, and was also recommend a cream from a Doctor that didn't work either.



Was wondering what else i can try ?

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olive oil will clear it up in no time!! just gently rub a little bit in at bath time and rinse it off.

Mary Jo - posted on 12/18/2009

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Put some baby oil on his head and let it sit for quite a while - then remove cradle cap with a fine comb - works every time.

Carrie - posted on 12/18/2009

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olive oil or aqueous cream ....leave it in for a few hours then shampoo out (personally i reaply and have left in over night ) .....my son has it but it is slowly going since trying the cream.

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My son had very bad cradle cap and other skin issues as an infant, Washing his scalp (and body too) with Basis soap helped.

Lea - posted on 12/18/2009

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Cradle cap is very stubborn...i used baby oil and my fingernail to gently scrape away the patches of it...it would return and i would have to keep doing it. First put the baby oil on...let it soak in for about 20 minutes...then gently scrape it off with a comb or fingernail...keep doing this everyday and eventually it will go away! Keep in mind to be gentle when getting it off!

Lucy - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Azizi:

I used Dentinox for craddle cap. It worked really well for my daughter. I am still using it just to make sure its all gone.


Both my kids had terrible cradle cap, my son used to get it right down to his eyebrows! I found dentinox cradle cap shampoo was the only thing that got rid of it, and it smells lovely because it's made with rose water.

Rana - posted on 12/18/2009

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When my kids were infants I used baby oil. It softens the cradle cap and it usually comes out when you bath them. Good luck.

Daniele - posted on 12/18/2009

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We used Neutrogena T-Gel formula. It smells like puppy shampoo, and you have to be really careful not to get it in the baby's eyes, but it clears it up fast. We would use the T-Gel shampoo once a week, or twice when it was really bad, and use Head & Shoulders twice or three times a week to keep it from coming back. Once she had no flare ups for three weeks, we stopped using both shampoos. She never had trouble again.
Good luck!

Micah - posted on 12/18/2009

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well its a normal thing for children till even one or two years old and you take baby oil and keep it on the cradle cap at all times and it will eventually come off and then take tear free baby shampoo and wash on it in the bath but always keep the baby oil on it but dont listen to people and pick it it is like a scab and it can hurt the baby if too sensitive,,hope it works i had two children and it has worked!! with thwe best pediatritian ever!!

Tally - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son had a few spots on his head, and we've gotten rid of it with Melaleuca's Herbal shampoo. It has tea-tree oil in it and is free of formaldehyde .

Roselle - posted on 12/18/2009

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sometimes if you are using baby shampoo/wash is too harsh. try just washing your baby with just water.even though mineral oil is bad you can try using some of that too and not wash it off

Kelley - posted on 12/18/2009

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Rub baby oil, or even a pure olive oil if you want something more natural (after all if it's safe to eat it's more than safe for your baby's skin) massage it in and have fun with it, it will only stimulate those 'ever active' brain conections, (great time to sing some kids Christian songs). Then take a comb (must be a comb) and just through a series of combing (even and little sideways wiggling/loosening) this will loosen all that accumulated skin. You don't have to do this all in one sitting you can come back to it every so often, and even rub in a little more oil as you go. then before bed time give him a very soothing bath, and was out all that dead skin, you both will be blessed!

Then you can even take a minute to praise God for this little trial that you could turn it into a time of fellowship, praise and victory :)

Melissa - posted on 12/18/2009

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I always put the baby oil on while his hair was still wet and waited until it was good and dry before combing. I didn't look like it was working right away but it did eventually work. The patch got smaller and smaller. Good luck and remember "perseverence" it will eventually go away with help or on its own....

Tyiesha - posted on 12/18/2009

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both my sons had cradle cap. the oils did nothing but make their hair ugly. by 6 months they grew out of it completely.

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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my doctor told me to use vaseline and it worked like a charm! it takes a few days for the cradle cap to go away completely, but you have to keep at it with the vaseline. my son was 1 month old when he had the cradle cap, i put the vaseline on him everytime i fed (which was about every 2 hours throughout the day & night) and in a few days it went away! and whenever i would see signs of it coming back, i just put some vaseline on it and it would stop it from coming back! =) hope this helps your little one!

Sarah - posted on 12/18/2009

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what worked for me was a soft tooth brush scrub the patch while you are washing there hair worked for me it will take a few days to get rid of it

Azizi - posted on 12/18/2009

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I used Dentinox for craddle cap. It worked really well for my daughter. I am still using it just to make sure its all gone.

Jenny - posted on 12/18/2009

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Olive oil a couple of hours before bath, rubbed in with cotton wool, then give it a good scrub with a flannel in the bath and wash with shampoo, do this every couple of days, it worked on my baby, it did'nt come back either.

Abigail - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son had terrible cradle cap for months nothing helped not oil and a comb or a washcloth nothing....I finally broke down and bought Cradle Cap Care at the store and used it one time. It got rid of it completely and we never saw it again.

Meaghan - posted on 12/18/2009

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I tried everything for my daughter and nothing worked. It kind of just went away on its own. My doctor reccomended no soap though because even baby shampoo and stuff could be drying out their sensitive skin.

Kat - posted on 12/18/2009

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Use a small amount of Boots baby oil,made for cradle cap and i used a headlice comb and very gently combed upwards and it got it off my daughters head,it works wonders.

Irene - posted on 12/18/2009

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I don't want to put a damper on things but I tried the baby oil and selsun blue and my child is now 12 and still has a small patch I can't seem to get rid of.

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son had lots of little patches. We used Olive oil while in the bath and used a soft bristle baby brush going in circles to loosen the patch and then comb it out. worked for us

Kelly - posted on 12/18/2009

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My sisters and I have always rubbed baby oil on the scalp for cradle cap and carefully combed their hair.

Bridget - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son has a bit of cradle cap that is actually starting to clear up and my doctor told me to use a bit of selsun blue. might want to give that a try

Shane - posted on 12/18/2009

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Have you tried to scrub the babies head with the baby brush while you wash his hair. Also put baby oil on it throughout the day. That may help. I hope you find something that works.

Donna - posted on 12/18/2009

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a drop of olive oil on the patch once a day. It worked for my little girl. Just give it a comb out. It's a great moisturiser, you can use it on any dry patches, especially the inside of elbows and back of the knees. hope this helps x

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