My 9 mo old daughter is getting cradle cap...any advice to get rid of??

User - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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She is just now getting it...and it's just plain ugly! I'd appreciate any advice on how to get rid of it. Thanks!!

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Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi there, I have heard baby oil or even olive oil will help. Combing baby's hair daily too and keeping it clean in general as it is a build up of natural moisture from the baby that causes it.

Roseanna - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter has a 1 year old that had it and I told her  "The old remedy when she was a baby" was to put baby oil on their scalp and comb through their hair.  That worked for her and my grandbaby.

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Monique - posted on 02/14/2009

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I got it all off in one application of vaseline petroleum jelly.  Leave it on for a few minutes, then comb it all off, obviously wash hair when you see that all is off.  I didn't have to repeat it.

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Jenn, Please be very careful using baby oil around your child. If the oil is ingested or gets into the lungs you will have a very serious breathing problem. Johnson and Johnson has Quanternium 15 in their products. That is a fancy name for formaldehyde. cradle cap can be easily taken care of with Tee Tree oil. If you want the purest form of this...check out my website at www.livetotalwellness.com/FroGreen I can help you get all the chemicals out of your home and save you money at the same time. You can also call me at 601-508-3391 or email at wsherrlyn@bellsouth.net i hope this helps you.

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi there, I have heard baby oil or even olive oil will help. Combing baby's hair daily too and keeping it clean in general as it is a build up of natural moisture from the baby that causes it.

Sharon - posted on 02/12/2009

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hi ya rub in olive oil leave for couple of hours use comb to comb through the hai rcradle cap will come off no discomfort to baby wash as normal

Donna - posted on 02/12/2009

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i found almond oil rubbed in thier head before bed & then brushed off before the mornin bath worked

Peta - posted on 02/12/2009

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Use sorbolene cream. Apply it on thick and leave it for a couple of hours before you wash it off. It is great for everyone and partically those with sensitive skin.  Sometimes you may need to reapply.



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Sylvia - posted on 02/12/2009

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i used either almond oil or olive oil then brush gently with a baby brush. I agree it doesn't look nice but does go away soon enough.

Crystal - posted on 02/12/2009

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hi , sorry to hear that but no fretting, when my son got it my grandmother said cookinh oil but i couldnt do that gross. but i did use baby oil, it works good. after a bath  or before bed gentally massage a small amount on the babies head. it will help and eventually get rid of it. but remember stay consistat with it and massage the head gental and never scratch it. that can hurt  them really bad. Its worked for me and my family, so i highly suggest it. Good luck

User - posted on 02/12/2009

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Dandruff shampoo does the trick.  Selsun blue works the best.  Apply the sampoo and use a comb to brush it through her hair, then rinse.  My daughter had it really bad, she would wake-up and her head was oily and flaky.  After a week of the dandruff shampoo it was gone.  BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO GET IT IN HER EYES.  I recommend laying her on her back and let her head hang a little over the sink.  Hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son had it and I used a comb to get it off while he was in the tub. It took a couple of baths to get it all out...the baby oil will probably help, I never thought of that. Once you get it off, be sure to wash her hair really well each time you bathe her. Thats what I did and it never came back.

Cassie - posted on 02/12/2009

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Both of my children had cradle cap.  I put babyoil on their heads for a few hours if not overnight.  Once you have left if for a few hours to completely moisturize their head take a rattail comb and you can almost stratch the gunk right out.   Then wash it out with regular shampoo(kids).  you may have to wash their hair a few times to get all of the oil out but it really gets it full of moisture

Tatiana - posted on 02/12/2009

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My older daughter had them when she was born,the remedies that i used is using a cradle cup shampoo. And after two weeks they told me to use a playing card and softly pass it on the head of the baby . i thought it was unsafe , but it worked.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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it just takes a little soaking and some light scrubbing. When she is in the bath soak her scalp with water and a little soap and then take a washcloth and lightly scrub. Do this over the next few baths and it should do the trick. Just do it till i goes away. I did this with my little guy and he fussed a bit but it worked. My best friends mom happens to be a baby nurse so i take her advice to hear! Good luck! :)

Diana - posted on 02/12/2009

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Use a cotton ball to dab baby oil or mineral oil on her scalp (right on the cradle cap).  Wait a little while and then use a very fine comb (like the one you might have gotten in the hospital) and lightly comb the dead skin right off .  Someone said use a toothbrush but that didn't work.  The fine tooth comb works best.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi jenn this may sound silly but my son had the say thing, my Dorctor told me to wash his hair using selson blue. but only a little bit and try not to get in to te eyes.



It cleared up in days.



Ihope it works



Jennifer B

Mindy - posted on 02/12/2009

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Go to wal-mart, they sell stuff called cradle cap care in the baby section..it comes in a bluish-green bottle..its kinda small and i think it has pooh and tigger on it. You rub it all over their hair before bath time then just wash normal.after bath you comb it out with a small tooth comb gently,it helps collect the skin that is loose and its supposed to help prevent the skin still attached( the flakes that are not loose yet) it prevents it from tearing the skin. I like to comb back to front it seems not to bother them as bad!! good luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/12/2009

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The one thing that worked perfectly for us was to use a dime size amount of head and shoulders (be very careful and avoid the eyes) you can mix it with there normal baby shampoo. Lay the babies head back (face up) and use your fingers to gently scratch the scalp. I you have a cup you can lay the baby back and fill the cup with water to avoid getting anything in the babies eyes. After your done use a small amount of baby oil (lavender baby oil smells awesome in the hair) and use your small baby comb to gently comb the scalp and hair to get the remaining flakes out of the hair. I did this maybe twice in a weeks time and it was all gone after that. Never came back.

Rachel - posted on 02/12/2009

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My kids had it too! I used a bit of mineral oil to soften it so I could loosen it with a comb. But wash off the oil or cover baby's head when going out because the sun could sunburn baby's head. I have also tried some dandruff shampoo, but I can't remember which brand my doctor said to use. Basically it takes much time and effort on your part! I hated it!!!!

Danielle - posted on 02/12/2009

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I used to work for a pediatrician and she always told her patients to use Selson Blue the dandruff shampoo.

Danielle - posted on 02/12/2009

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I used to work for a pediatrician and she always told her patients to use Selson Blue the dandruff shampoo.

Aleesha - posted on 02/12/2009

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My baby girl had cradle cap super super bad....our doctor said to use sebulex shampoo and it worked wonders. Just be very careful around her eyes with it because it is not tear free and will hurt her if it gets in her eyes!

Petra (Sajidah) - posted on 02/12/2009

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oh and dont wash it out ..thats part of the problem ..each time you wash the hair you dry out the hair and the scalp ..just apply it and leave it . olive oil is the best natural lubricating oil in the world ,and it even works well on skin problems

Petra (Sajidah) - posted on 02/12/2009

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you need to run to the store and buy some olive oil ,put a hand full on the scalp and massage it in ,do this at least once a day ,I would say twice but your choice ,and yes they look like greese balls or a well tossed salad but believe me it works ,cradel cap is no more then dry scalp but if left it can become a real problem ..she is a sweety ..you may find you will like to use it as an all over skin treatment as it really does keep the skin soft ,I to this day use it on my skin

Shannon - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter had it badly too and we tried the oils but they didn't work.  I've found that when I wash her hair with adult head and shoulders shampoo it is completely gone!  Hope this works!

Lindsay - posted on 02/12/2009

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Massage Olive oil into her scalp before a bath, then wash it out. Works wonders!

Malynda - posted on 02/12/2009

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I've had two kids that have/still get cradle cap. I call is cradle crap.   Cradle cap is different from dry scalp.  It is thicker and waxy and yellow.  It is actually a fungus type growth.  I used to work for a pediatrician and he recommends Sebulex shampoo.  It is expensive and doesn't smell good but it is the best, best, best thing ever for cradle cap.  If you use the baby oil thing and it works- then it probably is dry scalp and not cradle cap.

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter had severe eczema in her early months and it seemed to make her cradle cap even worse,  I would massage her head in (very little) vaseline and let it sit for a few minutes before I would wash her hair.  Rememeber a little goes a long way, if you use too much her hair will be very greasy and it will take some time to get all of the vaseline out.    I hope that helps. 

Amber - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son had cradle cap.. I used the Arbonne baby shampoo. It worked wonderful!! There are no chemicals in the shampoo mixture to further irritate your baby's skin. Arbonne also carries baby oil and baby lotion, which I highly recommend as well.

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009

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If the baby oil is not working (it didn't work for my son) Gerber makes a cradle cap kit.  I used the kit and it worked wonders.

Thyra - posted on 02/12/2009

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You can use baby oil, rub it on scalp, and a brush pr toothbrush to GENTLY scrub it off.

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