Any New Tips for Cradle Cap? Don't like the Baby Oil Tip....

Updated on July 26, 2015
M.W. asks from Billings, MT
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My nephew has horrible cradle cap on his head going on 2 months. The baby oil tip doesn't seem to help. Any new tips or tricks out there?

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answers from Columbia on

Before bathtime, We treated the scalp with olive oil, let it soak in really good, and went to work removing it gently with a baby comb. Just get as much as you gently can because it will take a few treatments with the olive oil. I'd say a week of olive oil treatments and it's gone.

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answers from Asheville on

Usually, it just has to resolve on its own. My daughter had the worst cradle cap- nothing worked. She's almost 5 now, and still has a touch of it. Luckily, her hair covers it up, so other than the occasional itch, it doesn't bother her. Just use gentle soaps on it, fragrance and dye free.

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answers from Norfolk on

Our son had it bad at 2 months old.
I used olive oil and a very soft toothbrush.
While he was sleeping I oiled small sections of his head and used the soft toothbrush to gently rub the scales loose and then a nit comb to comb them out of his hair.
Then I washed his hair twice and the scales never came back!

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answers from Chicago on

My SIL just used conditioner on my nephew . She just rubbed it into his scalp . It went away after a few times 😊

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answers from Anchorage on

My son, due to an autoimmune issue, had cradle cap until he was about 5. I did use the oil trick to help loosen existing spots for easier removal with a damp cloth, but I preferred to use olive oil. To help prevent the spots I got a natural bristle brush and we would gently brush his scalp before each bath to prevent the buildup.

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answers from Toledo on

I did nothing. Most of the time it goes away on it's own, so I just didn't worry about it.

Both kids are now in grade school and have not suffered because of it.

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answers from Louisville on

I'm not sure how often you wash his hair, but only do it once or twice a week. Washing more tells the body to produce more oils, and makes it worse.

My routine was to rub a bit of coconut oil into my DD's scalp once a week, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then give her a bath and use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently get rid of the worst of the worst of the flakes.



answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter had pretty bad cradle cap that lingered until she was about 5-6 months. When olive oil and mineral oil did not work, I just left it alone and it went away on its own.



answers from Kansas City on

Aquaphor or Vasaline. Work it in gently. Use a comb or just fingernails to loosen and work it in some more. Shampoo.


answers from Lakeland on

When my daughter was that young I used California Baby wash with the baby brush (my daughter had a lot of hair) and gently brushed the scalp with the soap in the bath. It is all natural and safe for newborns and up. You could try gently massaging the scalp with baby lotion too.

I think the oils make it worse.



answers from San Francisco on

Oil totally works. You need to leave it on for a while, like an hour or two, and then massage it in for a bit and wash out thoroughly and vigorously. If you don't like baby oil, how about olive oil? I got rid of cradle cap in two treatments using olive oil and shampoo.



answers from Orlando on

I would try aloe or coconut oil.



answers from Muncie on

My son's was bad, had to break out the dandruff shampoo. A tiny bit worked into the spots and a careful rinsing cleared him right up.


answers from San Diego on

I stopped using baby shampoo and just use the shampoo I use on myself. Baby shampoo always made it worse. I use a more natural shampoo so it's not as harsh as many on the market and they are always hypoallergenic because I have issues with allergies.



answers from Chicago on

slather a thick lotion on the baby's scalp, let it sit for up to half an hour then use a comb with sharp teeth to rub the scalp and loosen the scales... wash with shampoo as normal



answers from Portland on

My nephew got it when he was like 5 and it wouldn't go away for close to a year. I was at the Aveda store and asked about it. They sold me a hair tonic that we put on 2x a day for about a week and it was gone! I would call Aveda and see what they have to help.


answers from Kansas City on

If the oil doesn't work, it might not be cradle cap. My son had eczema and that's why the oil didn't work.

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