M.D. asks from Ardmore, OK on August 04, 2009
Mu 2 Month Old Has Severe Cradle Cap!
I would like to say thanks to all that is reading this. I am at a loss! I have taken her to the doctor to be handed a brush and say scrub her head daily! Well, after 4 children I thought I had this under control! I am scrubbing 2 times a day and it seems to be getting worse!!! Does anyone have any advice for me? I have tried the baby oil treatment and no luck!
1 mom found this helpful
So What Happened?™
Thanks Ladies! I went to my local Walmart to discover that they do not carry the Craddle Cap shampoo! So I asked the pharmasist and he told me about an AWESOME shampoo for Psoriasis its called Dermarest. IT IS GREAT.. We have used it for about 4 days now and the results are remarkable! We still have some minor spots that we will treat for another 14 days and then go to once a week treatments, followed by our nightly baby oiling to her head.. I didnt know that this was so complicated!
But THANKS again to all you MOMMIES that took time to help me with my distress call!! Hope everyone has a great day!
J.T. answers from Houston on August 06, 2009
My son had cradle cap (a severe case) and in addition to scrubbing with a brush and comb every day, we used Disney Cradle Cap Care. It worked well for us, but it did take about 6 weeks once we began treatments to really get past the cradle cap. Good luck!
M.B. answers from Houston on August 05, 2009
I had dealt with cradle cap in a daycare setting as well as cradle cap with my son (minor case) and my much younger sister (more severe cradle cap). But that did nothing to prepare me for the horrible cradle cap my daughter got! Nothing seemed to help! Like you, I was told to scrub daily, but it didn't seem to do any good. I found some advice online, and this is what we did...We used mineral oil on the scalp, followed by gentle "picking" at the flakes with a lice comb to loosen them. Then all of that was followed by washing the hair with Head and Shoulders. After a week or so it was completely cleared up.
T.B. answers from Houston on August 04, 2009
I know this sounds strange but use Head and Shoulders shampoo on the baby's head...wash her head with it everyday for several days and don't scrub her head..that hurts her...believe it or not the baby has dry scalp and head and shoulders does the trick...Let me know if it works for you, has worked for everyone that I have told so far.. :) and doesn't hurt baby...
1 mom found this helpful
J.D. answers from San Antonio on August 05, 2009
Well this is what I did and it worked for my son. I used Vaseline on the spots first. Let that soak in a bit. Then, using a VERY fine tooth comb (I got one that is similar to the kind in head lice treatment kits that are used to comb out nits) I would as gently as I could scrape away the scales. Then I would follow that with baby shampoo, lather really well and let sit for about 5-10 minutes to help get rid of the greasy Vaseline. Rinse. I did this every day once per day for almost a week and then it was completely gone. Hope this works for you! If it is not going away then I would probably go see the pedi, he may need some prescription medicine for it. Good luck!
E.W. answers from Houston on August 05, 2009
My son had horrible cradle cap as well. I don't blame you for being very concerned and not knowing what to do; I felt the same way. I was especially worried because his cradle cap almost covered 70% of his head. I did the baby oil treatment too and it was always a mess.
I went ahead and bought some Cetaphil at Walgreens and washed his head once a day. I lathered his head with Cetaphil and rinsed it with luke warm water. I used a baby scrub brush on his head that I got when he was born at the hospital. By the time he had a full head of hair (about 12 mos. old) the cradle cap was gone. Good Luck!
A little about me:
I'm 30 SAHM, mother of a premature baby born at 28 weeks. He's 2 and doing great!
R.C. answers from Houston on August 05, 2009
I agree with the Head and Shoulders girl a few posts below! Just a teensy bit will do the trick! Make sure you don't get it in her eyes though. My kid had the worst cradle cap and it disappeared after using dandruff control shampoo.
M.V. answers from Houston on August 04, 2009
I am not sure if you have been told or tried this in the past but it has worked for my 3...
Prior to wetting the hair, take baby shampoo to your daughter's dry head and "scrub". Let it then sit there through the bath and rinse at the end. It took a few times of this before I saw very noticeable differences but it did work with mine.
Good luck and I hope you find the cure qickly!
T.Y. answers from Houston on August 05, 2009
My pediatrician recommended the Neutrogena T-gel. It is an adult shampoo for dandruff etc. It worked awesome on my daughter!
J.T. answers from College Station on August 05, 2009
My youngest had it pretty badly as well. He is 5 now and still gets it on occasion. I would not scrub her head. I would wash her scalp only once or twice a week and use a gentle comb to get to goo out of her hair. Just message oil (I used olive oil and it worked well) to soften it up and leave it on there an hour or two and then go after the goo.
A.O. answers from El Paso on August 05, 2009
I have been there and with two. We tried everything! Head and shoulder,selsum blue, baby oil, olive oil, doctor prescribed shampoo, cream from the natural section at the super market. A few things did work temporarily but it always came back. I finally gave up, then by accident I came across California Baby (sold at Target for $10 a bottle) and started using it on the girls. The cradle cap started going away by itself. It wasn't over night but it went away and we haven't had any problems as long as we continue using the shampoo. Once during vacation I forgot the shampoo and used another baby shampoo, the cradle cap began forming again but as soon as we switched back it disappeared. It's worth a try. My girls went from having a helmet, that was very painful behind their ears, to having nothing.