K.S. asks from Howell, MI on June 05, 2007
How to deal with cradle cap in infant?
Please help! What is the best sure-fire way to get rid of cradle cap once and for all?? My daughter is 5 months old and has is on the top of her head. I've bought special cradle cap shampoo, but it really doesn't seem to be working. Help!!
Some parents suggested put baby oil and use a tooth brush to remove the extra oil, while some parents suggested to use cradle cap shampoo. The best way is to consult with your pediatrician.
S.F. answers from Grand Rapids on June 19, 2007
T.D. answers from Grand Rapids on June 06, 2007
Here is what I did. My daughter had it horrible, so every night before she went to bed i put a little bit of baby oil on her head and rubbed it in....in the morning, i put a little more on and used a soft comb to get the yuck off.....and then i used johnsons baby shampoo and washed her hair....it took about a week, and i never saw it again, she had small patches here and there once in a while, but those went away with a washing.
Hope this helps.
K. answers from Detroit on June 06, 2007
washing hair with baby shampoo and also baby oil helped my son and was recommended by his daycare teacher. Good luck!
L.O. answers from Detroit on June 05, 2007
brush her hair. wash it with regualar baby shampoo and then brush it..
cradele cap is just baby dandruff.
get her head good and clean and brush and comb her head and it will go away- you might have to brush it for a minute here and a minute there until all the flakes are gone.
S.F. answers from Detroit on June 06, 2007
My pediatrician told me to try Head & Shoulders, but that didn't seem to work either. I always rub a little baby oil on the scalp a couple hours before bath time. I comb it out right before the bath. I have never found a permanent way to avoid it, but this works for at least a week or so. Good luck.
S.W. answers from Lansing on June 06, 2007
My 3 youngest kids all have cradle cap. We bought the Gerber cradle cap kit, and it helped, but really just putting any kind of oil on it and then combing it off helps. But my daughter is 3 and has a head full of hair and you can still see some if you look close. My other kids are almost 1 and it isn't as bad on them, but it's still there as well. So good luck with it, but know that it might just need to go away on it own.
T.S. answers from Detroit on June 07, 2007
My son had to see a dermatologist because his cradle cap was so bad. He had me use Hydrocortizone cream (.5%). Let me tell you it was going away by the second night that I put it on. Once it started to go away I would lightly brush his hair and the cradle cap would just brush away. It was amazing how quickly it worked. Don't use any baby oil or lotions on your daughters head though because that will only make it worse. Good Luck and let me know how it works out for you and your daughter.
H.W. answers from Grand Rapids on June 05, 2007
To get rid of current cradle cap, I put olive oil on my daughter's head and let it soak in for a while, then I use a baby hair brush and brush in round strokes to remove the scales. I also have stopped soaping up my daughter's hair when I give her a bath. Instead I just use the bath water which has a little soap in it, to wash her hair. My daughter had cradle cap very bad and after doing this a few times it cleared up.
I have also noticed that the baby wash makes a difference. My daughter tends to get a recurrence if I use anything with a lot of perfume in it, even if it is natural. I now use Burt's Bees baby wash and we haven't had problems with cradle cap or her eczema. I still don't soap up her head though. I read that one cause of cradle cap may be that their oil glands are immature and can't produce enough oil to keep their scalp smooth, so washing their hair too regularly or using too much soap on it strips away even more oil.
Hope this helps!
I just wanted to add that you should be careful with adult dandruff shampoos. They are very harsh. Our pediatrician said they can be used on older children, but shouldn't be used on infants.
L.M. answers from Detroit on June 06, 2007
The best thing is vasoline-- try and rub it on the area --then take a rat-tail comb and scrape the area free---it will be greesy but once you complete this a couple of times the problem will be solved.. afterward wash the hair once-- it will be greasy for a day or so --you will not be able to scrub the hair free of the vasoline so don't worry about it so. goodluck
J.W. answers from Grand Rapids on June 06, 2007
My second had it really bad. I too used a special shampoo....selson blue with sellenium. But nothing seemed to work. I finally read that you could put hydrocortozone cream on it. I did and it went away really fast. It's just the anti-itch cream. I also read that you can break open a vitamin E capsule and rub that on. I never got around to trying it. Hope that helps.
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