Oils for Cradle Cap?

Darcy - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Im wondering if there is an oil for cradle cap that will also help my daughters hair grow.

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Dionna - posted on 02/13/2009

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I am more on using natural products. I am against a lot of the creams, shampoos that have toxic chemicals or are alkaline.  My son (who is mixed so had thick curly hair) got cradle cap bad.  I mix organic coconut oil and organic olive oil in a jar.  I used that on only the patches and used a comb to comb it away.  He did loose some of his hair but it grew back rather quickly.  Beware of what ur using on your child as far as shampoo's and lotions.  Read what is in them, if you're not sure what the ingredient is google it.  The internet is an awesome tool!  Hope this helps.

Shanna - posted on 02/13/2009

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My daughter has had problems with cradle cap since about 4 weeks and she is now 6 1/2 months. I tried using olive oil first and it was a mess and hard to get out of her hair. Now I use plain old baby oil in the bath. I put my daughter in the bath tub. The first thing I do is cover her head (and body) with baby oil. I play with her for a min with the warm water while the oil sits on her. I wash her body, just like normal with head to toe wash. Then I take her spare brush and brush her hair gently in different directions. Then I wash her hair 3 times very gently to make sure all of the oil is out. I hope this works for you! Putting oil on the baby's body for a few minutes makes them amazingly soft too!

Dionna - posted on 02/13/2009

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I am more on using natural products. I am against a lot of the creams, shampoos that have toxic chemicals or are alkaline.  My son (who is mixed so had thick curly hair) got cradle cap bad.  I mix organic coconut oil and organic olive oil in a jar.  I used that on only the patches and used a comb to comb it away.  He did loose some of his hair but it grew back rather quickly.  Beware of what ur using on your child as far as shampoo's and lotions.  Read what is in them, if you're not sure what the ingredient is google it.  The internet is an awesome tool!  Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2009

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For cradle cap I used a Mary Kay product.  I dont' remember what it was called, but it is part of the soft hands set the first step to be exact.  I rubbed some in their har and then rinsed it out.  I don't think it helps with hair growth though, but it worked on cradle cap pretty well.

Lisa - posted on 02/13/2009

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I cant think of anything to help the hair grow faster, if I could I'd be using it, my daughter has long hair for her age but has a strange I guess you could say "short" hairling in the back of her head and the pediatrician just says it will grow with time, there's nothing to do for it, however the best recommendation I got for the cradle cap from my daughter's pediatrician was to use selsun blue.  You have to be careful not to get it into her eyes, but it helped with amazing results for the cradle capo, and help keep her hair soft without making it oily!!

User - posted on 02/13/2009

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My daughter had cradle cap so bad! It was even in her eyebrows! The pediatrician said to use Selsun Blue. I put it on her while she was in the tub and rubbed a tiny bit on her eyebrows and let it sit there for 5-10 minutes. I used a wet washcloth to wipe it out of her eyebrows and rinsed her hair carefully to get it out. Don't get it in her eyes! This cleared it up right away and never had another problem with it!

Melissa - posted on 02/13/2009

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I used baby oil gel, less messy than regular baby oil, with my twins and it worked great. I would put the gel on overnight and then brush it the next morning with a baby brush.

Brenda - posted on 02/13/2009

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The doctor told me to use dandruff shampoo on my son.  She said use barely any and of course make sure not to get it in his eyes, they don't make tear-free head and shoulders.  It worked well on him.

Christina - posted on 02/13/2009

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Oils will make it worse. My baby had cradle cap. All you have to do is wash your baby's hair and brush it with a brush that has firm bristles (or a toothbrush) to scrape the crust away. It may take a couple of times. Oils and lotions definitely make it worse. Once you get the cradle cap scraped off, your baby's hair will definitely start growing. It is best to scrape it away while the hair is wet during lunch time because it may take some of the baby's hair out, but I promise it will start growing back quick. I also did it while my baby's hair was soapy so that it would rinse the crust out with the shampoo. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

Leslie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I met a woman in the waiting room at my OB's office with a little baby girl with a shaved head.  She said that in their family they shave the baby's head because it ultimately encourages the hair to grow in thicker.  I can't say from any personal experience if this is true, because I never tried it myself.  My daughter had lots of hair when she was born.  My infant son doesn't have so much, but that doesn't really bother me.  I know my niece was over a year old before she had much hair to speak of, and even then it was fair and not too thick.  However, eventually she grew a nice, healthy head of hair, so it all worked out in the end.

Dena - posted on 02/13/2009

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I do exactly what Meaghan above does and it works like a charm. When it is sunnier out, my Pediatrician says the sun will help clear it up as well. But I live in the NW so its could be months! Oil, let sit, brush, wash, soft fuzzy little head that is super kissable.

Alisha - posted on 02/13/2009

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My daughter, who is now 8, had a horrible case of cradle cap as an infant.  Her pediatrician suggested T-Gel, which you can get at Wal-Mart, Target. etc.  It doesn't smell very pleasant (at least to most people...I actually like the smell of it), but it works like a charm, and it makes their hair soft and shiny.  My daughter has a full head of long, curly hair now...although I wondered at one time if it would ever grow.  Good luck!

Tracey - posted on 02/13/2009

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There is nothing to make hair grow faster other then time. As for the cradle cap, do you actually wash your babies hair with shampoo? If you are, try using a mild conditioner, if you're not actually shampooing and using bar soap, or bodywash on the head.....switch to shampoo. Hair and it's folicles need a different type of chemical make up to ensure less dry scalp.

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Olive oil can work well at softening the rough patches, but try not to pick at it too much. As far as hair growth goes, it will come in it's own time. I know it can be really frustrating with a bald girl, up until 18 months, people were always calling my daughter a "cute little guy". My suggestion? Pretty, girly cloths and perhaps a headband with a bow. Good Luck!

Anonymous - posted on 02/13/2009

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We use Olive Oil or Coconut Oil for cradle cap. After applying it, then I brush baby's scalp with a baby toothbrush or soft baby hairbrush. This loosens the "scales". After letting it sit for about an hour (or even overnight), I give baby a bath and her head is super soft. I prefer the coconut oil because it smells better and has lauric acid which is super good for them (and for some reason always seems to help her sleep better). We also use coconut oil as a moisturizer after baths for the same reasons mentioned above. It absorbs very quickly and leaves my baby girl super super soft.

Tamara - posted on 02/13/2009

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I was told to soak their hair with baby lotion, Gentle Naturals Eczema cream is really good, let it sit a few minutes then comb the cradle cap out and wash like you normally would. I did this with both of my boys and my nephew with great results.

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