Cradle Cap on 6 Month Old, Does Sebulex Work for Anyone?

Updated on May 22, 2008
J.S. asks from Fuquay Varina, NC
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My son has a bad case of cradle cap, it showed up when he was about 2 months old that I cannot get rid of and now in the last month or so there are other spots. The dermatologist recommended selsen blue, which didn't do anything, also tried the mineral oil and a comb, the derm. suggested a brush, but the crust is so thick I had to use a comb to scrape his head, within 24 hours later it was crusty again.
I have also used baby oil, same result.
He just had his 6 month check up and I asked the doc about it, he recommended a shampoo called sebulex, which I have been using for the past week. There is no change and it it seems like his head is drier/scalier than before. He is scratching his head like crazy. I've also used the baby naturals cradle cap care(blue bottle with winnie poo) and that did nothing.

Does anyone have any advice for cradle cap? I'm so tired of trying different products that do nothing and are costly.
I am looking for home rememdies.

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FORGET THE MINERAL OIL!! I stopped using the mineral oil and comb about a month ago and within 3 weeks I noticed a difference. I'm using either the selsen blue or the sebulex when I wash his hair, which I was doing almost every night. I am now washing it about every other day. The raised scaly bump on the back of his head is gone! He still has some form of cradle cap on top but at least it does not bleed when he scratches his head.

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G.C.

answers from Raleigh on

Sebulex does usually work after shampooing his scalp maybe every other day or every 3 days use al ittle vaseline on the spot. It is thick and will stop the itching and coat the spot as well. I own a home daycare and i have tried this several times w/baby w/cradle cap. the main thing is to use the comb and keep it scratched up and washed and coat the scap
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C.E.

answers from Lexington on

Something similar happened to my little guy, and it seemed to help when I put the baby aveeno lotion right on his head. I had tried head and shoulders and a cradle cap shampoo with no results. Don't know if his body just changed or if the lotion really helped, but putting that on his cheeks at every diaper change was the only way I got his cheeks under control at about the same time. Now at 8 mo. I use the lotion on his cheeks at least once a day and on his head if I see him scratching.

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M.K.

answers from Huntington on

The thing I found to work the best is Mustela Foam Shampoo. It is found in salon's...I got it as a shower gift and it was great! You just put in hair and rinse and the cradle cap comes out with no scrubbing. I recommend it or buy it for any friend I have that is having a baby.

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M.L.

answers from Raleigh on

don't know about the sebulex... but i did find a remedy with the baby naturals that you have, i put a LOT on his scalp, rubbed it in, and let it saturate for a couple of hours, took the comb to it but not too much, then washed with dove sensitive bar soap. It worked after a week or so of this routine. ;) It was also a very nasty case of cradle cap. The dove sensitive bar soap is perfect for not overdrying. enjoy the day!

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V.C.

answers from Louisville on

We used Selsen Blue (Shampoo)

it worked like a charm.

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K.M.

answers from Fayetteville on

You may have tried this already, but baby oil and a black comb worked for my daughter. (This may be the same as mineral oil...if so, please disregard the rest.) She had it pretty bad, even in her eyebrows. I wasn't comfortable using Selsun Blue so close to her eyes. The baby oil makes their hair greasy, of course, and it takes about 4 or 5 washes to get it out. I would put it in her hair in the morning, when I knew we weren't going anywhere. I'd let it sit on her head for about an hour...cover everything you don't want grease spots on with old towels...and then do a wash. I would wash it again each day until the greasiness and most of the cradle cap was gone. I did this faithfully once a week for about 5 weeks and have only had to do it a few times since.

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K.H.

answers from Nashville on

The only thing i have had luck with is baby oil. Leave it on there and take a comb or brush to it. Let him sleep with it in his hair. Good luck and god bless.

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K.W.

answers from Charlotte on

My son had craddle cap.....try coconut oil and a comb. Also wash his hair with "Califrnia Baby" Super Sensitive shampoo and bodywash follwed by "California Baby" Calming hair conditioner it helps eliminate craddle cap. California Baby products are 100% botanically based, they are non chemical, plant based, and organic. They are a little pricey, but work! YOu can get them at target now and most health food stores or order online at www.californiababy.com (877)576-2825. If all else fails it will eventually go on it's own even if it takes two years.

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S.M.

answers from Clarksville on

I pulled this from another website. Hope this helps you ...

"Cradle Cap is from unaturally drying the scalp with detergents and soaps. The scalp tries to protect itself with an oily scab.

In any case, this is what I would do:

Wash scalp with baking soda disolved in water, working it into the scalp, using a comb to clean the scalp. Rinse, wash again if needed. Now rinse hair thoroughly with clean water, followed by another rinse with 3 Tblsp's of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in 1 quart of water. Dry hair.

Mix: 1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil, 10 drops of Rosemary oil, and 10 drops of Lavender Oil. Warm slightly on stove - do not overheat! Work this oil into the scalp and hair. Braid hair tightly and cover with plastic. Leave on for 1 hour at least - or all day.

Wash with Baking soda again, and vinegar mixture. Dry, and your done.

Repeat the oil treatment occasionally (once a week - once a month) until scalp appears healthy.

Avoid using Shampoos with detergents - better to use only baking soda or a bar of soap and apple cider vinegar."

welltellme.com

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M.S.

answers from Pueblo on

This is what I've been doing for my daughter. I'm still dealing with the dry places on her scalp, but the patches on her skin have disappeared.
I'm using vitamin E and aloe Baby Oil now, but to begin with I used Bert's Bees Apricot Oil. I would prefer to continue using the Bert's Bees, but it is expensive.
When bathing the baby, start by massaging the oil all over, starting with the scalp. I found that if I very carefully pour the oil on the top of her head or just directly where the dry spots are, I don't have to try to cover her whole head and deal with the greasy hair aftermath. After lightly rinsing the baby's hair, shampoo with a conditioning shampoo for kids (one application) rinse and follow up with a conditioner for kids. Allow the conditioner to stay on the hair until you've washed the baby gently (you aren't trying to wash all the oil off). If you let him have some play time in the tub, save rinsing out the conditioner until just before getting him out. Follow up the bath QUICKLY with a moisturizer. Damp skin will absorb moisturizer. If you wait even 5 minutes, you've lost the benefit from having damp skin. Finally, don't wash the baby every day. Go as long between baths as you are comfortable with going - once a week or twice a week works well for my daughter. Sensitive skin doesn't like getting soaped up all the time! Also try using dreft and downy softener for sensitive skin when washing his clothes. Hope this helps.

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N.K.

answers from Fayetteville on

Hi... I don't know about seulex, but my daughter had TERRIBLE cradle cap for a while and we used a prescription called Derma-Smoothe. It works really well, and smells wonderful besides. Also helpful was Gentle Naturals (not prescription) cradle cap care. I hope you find something that works for you... good luck :-) N.

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M.U.

answers from Raleigh on

Hi J.!
So sorry you have to go through this with your son. My daughter has eczema as well. I use a lotion called Renew and it works wonders with anyone who has eczema, Psoriasis and other skin issues...I would be happy to share more information with you or even give you a sample. You may call me at ###-###-####. Good Luck!

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S.B.

answers from Charlotte on

Try mixing olive oil and table salt. It doesn't take much of either. Just put in enough salt to make the oil feel gritty. My son had severe cradle cap at 2 months, it was even behind his ears and above his eyebrows. A nurse at the hospital told to try this. It worked!! I gave him his bath and then held him in the football hold with his head over the sink. I put the mixture on his scalp and massaged it for a few minutes. Then I rinsed it out of his hair and washed it. I only had to do this twice and the cradle cap was gone.

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M.B.

answers from Nashville on

My son had cradle cap...a friend told me to go to Walmart or Target & buy a green bottle with Winnie the Pooh characters on it. It says cradle cap shampoo I believe. It is sort of a teal green color bottle. I used it & it really did work & I had tried several other things prior.
Hope that works for you.

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R.H.

answers from Lexington on

Hello, my mother would massage the head some and apply baby lotion or baby oil. She would rub it in her hands to get the warmth and then she would rub in the head gently. Some shampoos will dry the head out. Massage it helps. Warmth opens the pores. That is why one brushes the hair as they are older to massage the head. Lots of liquid helps. Sometimes heat will dry the hair also. Mineral oil helps also.

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L.C.

answers from Owensboro on

If he were older I would say it sounds like psoriasis. I don't know that much about it, but I would think a good dermatologist could help you with it.

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T.C.

answers from Nashville on

Ok, this is what I did. I got into the bath tub with my daughter, soak her head in baby shampoo, got a soft head toothbrush and scrub her head. This is a long process-took about an hour. xt day craddle cap gone. After this, I would scrub her head everynight with a toothbrush. She is now 10 months and no more craddle cap!

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P.H.

answers from Clarksville on

We used T/Gel on my daughter's hair and it seemed to work, even though I have to start up again. She also has some mild exzema, which I think is sort of related. Now mind you, the stuff stinks, pretty much like a wet dog, but I found that if I wash her hair with that stuff one day and the next day use her regular baby shampoo it's not that bad :) Hope it helps. Also, depending on how much hair he has, they used to tell me to soak the spots in baby oil and then gently brush it off. Didn't work so well on mine because she had too much hair, but I heard it works for kids with less hair :) Good luck!

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D.S.

answers from Raleigh on

Hey J.! Sorry to hear of your sons problem. Exzema on the scalp takes awhile to get rid of. For the craddle cap, if you buy a corn brush-it is a brush that is sold in the vegetable section of a kitchen store or grocery store, yellow in color and about 2" x 3" at the very most. It is very, very soft. I would buy weidela soap-from the baby soap area at Whole foods and gently work on the spots. I would also check w/the doctor and ask about a possible milk allergy? You did not say if you were nursing or formula feeding. I have a good friend whose child had a milk alergy and it created severe ezcema. She switched to soy and it cleared up. Her child is now 8 and because she kept milk products away from her until she was 2 yrs. she can now tollerate milk-milk products in small amounts, but an excess will cause a flare up. Hope to have been some help. Feeel free to contact me if you cannot find the brush, I will be gald to locate and send you or have the store hold it for your pick up.

Sincerely
D.

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C.B.

answers from Knoxville on

HiJudy. Sounds like you are going around in circles. I think I can help you. In addition to using the lotions, you need to get rid of the things that are reirritating his skin. Everything from laundry detergent to shampoos, body washes and lotions are irritating the eczema and the lotions just can't keep up. We eliminated our eczema problem by switching to all non toxic products in our home. Please visit www.saferisbetter.com/dcbel to request free inforamtion. It made a huge difference for us and I believe it will for you too.

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E.M.

answers from Louisville on

a friend of mine who is very into natural things told me to use olive oil and a fine comb. also gerber used to make a 3 step kit and that worked great for us. good luck!

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K.K.

answers from Huntington on

my ped said put the shampoo on the head and let it soak in for 5 mins then use the brush and rub all over the head it wont take it away fast but keep it up and it will help hopefully

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A.H.

answers from Greensboro on

What worked for us was Aquafor - which is a really thick vaseline-type product (grocery store/drug store). We smeared it on our daughter's head a couple of times and after about 24 hours or so, the skin just kind of started to scrape off. It took a couple more applications to get it all gone but it never came back.

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R.D.

answers from Fayetteville on

I would suggest you try Baby Oil and a lice comb. Rub the Baby Oil on his head first then gently use the lice comb to clear away the debris. After you are done gently cleaning the debris away, reapply the Baby oil. This method cleared my son in less than 2 weeks!

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J.L.

answers from Memphis on

My pediatrician recommended Crisco, the cooking shortening, for eczema. I realize it sounds crazy, but after the bath she said to rub him down generously with the shortening. It won't hurt to try it for your son, and it's cheap. I would not put it on any place that is oozing but for the crusty spots, it has really helped. If his hair is short enough, try that or some olive oil on his head. Both will keep it moisturized and should help the itching. Hope you find somthing that works, even if these don't

Jessi

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B.S.

answers from Memphis on

here is what worked for my daughter - Seabreeze. Yep thats right, all we did was when shampooing the hair, while the shampoo is still in the hair , put the seabreeze on and massage it, making sure not to get it in the eyes and rinsing completely. hope this helps

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A.M.

answers from Dayton on

J.,
My daughter just turned 11 months. She hadn't had cradle cap at all until about a month ago. Her hair is really long (about 5 inches on the top of her head), so it was very difficult to even see the cradle cap. Anyway, I used olive oil. I just massaged it in while we were in the bath and then used a comb to scrape it. I washed it and then did it again. Then I washed her hair like 3 times to get the olive oil smell out. :-) After that one time of working on it, about 95% of the cradle cap was gone! There is a homeopathic remedy for cradle cap, which is actually a form of eczema itself. It's called Calcarea Carbonica. You can get it at the health food store. It comes in pellets, but you can dissolve a couple in water and then give it to your son from a dropper. Homeopathic medicine has no side effects and he can't overdose on it. It's perfectly safe for your little one. We didn't actually use the homeopathic remedy because I was able to get the cradle cap out just with olive oil (but I have used other remedies for different things with my daughter - teething, for example). There are also homeopathic creams for eczema, which I use regularly on my daughter. These are much safer than the steroid creams because they are all natural. With the eczema it is better to bathe less frequently to give your son's natural skin oils a chance to do their work. I usually bathe our daughter twice a week, but put lotions/creams on her more frequently. Anyway, that's what has worked for us. Best of luck to you!
A.

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B.M.

answers from Louisville on

J.

My son had a bad case of cradle cap that I didn't think I
would ever get rid of. What seemed to work for was head &
shoulders. Once I had the head & shoulders on his head I
used a soft toothbrush and gently brushed his scalp with that. Worked like a charm.

B.

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C.S.

answers from Raleigh on

J.,

Make a very diluted mixture of teatree oil blended with olive oil. Combine thoroughly and apply to the affected area. Leave it on for several minutes and then shampoo with a natural baby shampoo.

You can get teatree oil at Whole Foods. But if you would like to know how to get a very safe kids shampoo that will help along with the other mixture just email me.

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J.T.

answers from Fayetteville on

I am no expert or anything, but what I found to work was washing my baby's hair really good of course massage as much of the cradle cap out while washing as you can then saturate his head with pure olive oil and place one of those baby cap's (hat) on his head and let him sleep in it. Everyday just saturate his head with olive oil that should work! I wouldn't recommend baby oil it dries out to bad.
best wishes!!

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R.F.

answers from Lexington on

Hi J.,
My son (now 8)had the exact same problem and nothing the dr.said to use worked they even prescribed some special shampoo as he got a little older,didnt work!I did use creamy baby oil on his head with a hat over it(so it didnt smear in his face)at night while he slept to help moisturize and make it easier to brush the crust off.
The cradle cap on my son never actually went away, now the dr's just call it psoriasis of the scalp and most shampoos even spacifically designed for this does'nt work on him but a product called scalpacin(you can find at walmart for like $6.00 a bottle, kinda small bottle though)works very well for the itching and scaling.You just leave it on & its non greasy.you might want to ask your dr. if this would be ok to use on your son.It's the only thing i have found to work.Good luck & i Hope this helps you and your son!

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K.H.

answers from Memphis on

You have to leave the baby oil on his heard over night. Just put the baby oil on enough so that his hair is REALLY dampened with it and leave it in there. Wash it the next morning. By the second or third day he should have no more problems with it unless he has acutual sores from it which will take time to heal. You should not brush the stuff of because it can actually create sores even with the softess brush. The baby oil and you washing his hair with your fingers should be enough unless he has some sort of skin condition that is not cradle cap. Hope it helps!!!

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J.L.

answers from Louisville on

I also had GREAT results with olive oil and Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap treatment.

Gentle Naturals is the brand recommended by Nicole K and Myra before me. It might have just fallen for a marketing gimmick, but I felt better using that than using some of the other products intended for adult use.

Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Raleigh on

We used Head and Shoulders for my daughter's cradle cap. When I would wash her hair I would massage the shampoo in with a brush and let it sit while I washed the rest of her. Then I would run a comb through her hair and then rinse everything out. It took some time but it finally went away. You can buy travel sizes of the shampoo at Target. Good luck!

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G.G.

answers from Charlotte on

My son had terrible skin, including cradle cap and severe eczema. For the cradle cap, try (like the other mom said) Head and Shoulders and make sure not to get any in his eyes! Then put olive oil on his head and massage really well. Put a cotton hat on and have him sleep that way. You, hopefully, will be amazed at how much better it looks in the morning- my son's was almost gone in 24 hours and he had the scaly, oozing type. (You can use a salad oil, but olive oil is amazing... it has natural antibacterial properties and even helps calm boils, believe it or not!)

We used steriod cream for the eczema until I felt I was abusing my son! He'd scream because it really stings where the skin is cracked. We'd both be in tears- he was over a year at that point and it was all over his cheeks (like a red beard) and other areas. The steriod cream would create a thin, tight skin that would crack as soon as my son smiled when he woke up the next morning and then we'd start over with the cream again! My friend read in Natural Health magazine that Ginkgo Leaf extract (a tincture that you can buy at health food stores) helps eczema. I was very skeptical (and my doctor frowned and then rolled her eyes) but tried it figuring I didn't have much to loose (although the bottle cost about $12.) Two weeks of giving it to him every day and his skin was NORMAL! NORMAL!!!! I looked up everything I could about side effects (this was my baby I was experimenting with) and could only find that it could sometimes cause excitability- I didn't notice any at any time, but gave him a full dropper in the mornings in case it affected his sleep later. It tastes aweful alone, but I added it to juice. Do your own research- I couldn't find much of anything that pointed to Ginkgo for eczema- but I am a sworn believer!!! Once it got better, I scaled (no pun intended) down on the amount and would up it again if I saw signs of it coming back.

The only other advice that I would give is to bathe him everyday (contrary to advice our parents were given) and slather him in Aveeno lotion within TWO MINUTES of drying him off from the bath. The skin is moist and you can help seal that in! Aveeno was cheaper and better than any other recommended product. (I now use it!)

Good luck!

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A.F.

answers from Louisville on

My son had cradle cap for about 6 months before we got it figured out. We tried baby oil-which you can't get back out of his hair once it's in. We tried the Pooh cradle cap shampoo which smells awful and doesn't work.

Cradle cap is actually an oily skin condition not a dry one. Head and shoulders is all you need to use. Just use it for a few weeks and it will clear it all up. Good Luck!

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J.K.

answers from Raleigh on

My daughter had cradle cap for the longest time and it was really bad. What worked for us was Pert Plus makes a dandruff shampoo...you need a dandruff shampoo. That worked with a comb (while you are shampooing) to scrap it while it is wet. It also makes sure the shampoo gets in there. Also, they may tell you not to bath your child daily but when it comes to cradle cap, more is better. We had to give her a bath every night and now she doesn't have it at all. We do still use a comb to make sure the shampoo gets into her head. I hope this helps. Good luck. It is not a fun problem. The Pert shampoo also smelled better than the Selson Blue and I felt was less of a chemical. Just be sure not to get it in your childs eyes. We have one of those rinse cups that you put on their forehead. Worked great!

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M.D.

answers from Fayetteville on

My son, who is also six months old had bad dry patches in his scalp also. I used Tresamme' moisture rich conditioner. After shampooing his hair with baby shampoo and rinsing with spray nozzel in kitchen sink, I used the conditoner and combed it through and rinsed again. After towel drying hair I put Ultra Sheen conditioner and hair dress on his scalp, cleared it right up.

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M.K.

answers from Charlotte on

Our doctor recommended Verdeso. It is a foam that you apply to the head and it is prescription. She gave us a coupon, because it was expensive - even with insurance. It worked pretty well, although my daughter didn't have a bad case of cradle cap. We were worried about the hair not growing in certain areas that were covered with scales. The comb seemed to work best - we didn't even use mineral oil. Every couple days we would use a small toothed comb and loosen whatever was there. It finally looks good now that she is 6 months old. Also you mentioned eczema and I recently have been using California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and also the lotion. I ordered it on diapers.com and it is great. You might want to check it out. Good luck to you!

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B.Y.

answers from Nashville on

I had a similar problem with my son (now 7) when he was a baby. His pediatrician advised me to use 1% hydrocorizone cream on his scalp 2-3 times a day until it cleared up. Within 2 days I could see a tremendous difference. My son had cradle cap all over his scalp under the hair, on his forhead and was starting to spread to his temples and face. I had also tried the different shampoos with brushing and combing. I tried using baby oil, etc... Nothing worked until I tried the 1% hydocortizone. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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D.C.

answers from Greensboro on

Hi J.,
I'm a retired school teacher and grandmother. Since retirement I have started working with a company called Arbonne. It's a health and wellness company that has Swiss formulas which are botanically based that are pure, safe and beneficial. We have a baby product line I think will be very helpful for your son. It worked for my niece's daughter in about three days. I will gladly send you a free sample if you will contact me at [email protected]____.com.

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R.H.

answers from Raleigh on

We used Nizoral (walmart carries the 1% on the shelf.) There is a prescription strength (2%) but doubt you will need it. we used that and then followed up with Paul Mitchell shampoo. It worked.

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T.B.

answers from Nashville on

Dear J., I'm a pharmacist building a business with Arbonne International. Arbonne means "good things from the earth". Many Arbonne clients have had great success with our ABC "Arbonne Baby Care" products AND our Intelligence Conditioning Oil for babies with cradle cap and eczema. You may order directly from my website (teresabennett.myarbonne.com) or please contact me by phone ###-###-####) or email ([email protected]____.com). I will be glad to help you. My products are risk free with a 45 day return policy. Sincerely, T. Bennett

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T.A.

answers from Memphis on

My middle child had the most horrible cradle cap and eczema ever! I tried everything. Best thing I found was T-gel - you will think it is disgusting - and you can only use a little, but it works - I scrubbed his head - and arms and legs with a hairbrush - a soft one of course - but he loved it - he seemed to be so happy in the bath when I was "scratching him"! I see someone else has recommended T-gel as well - it really works. In addition, you should make sure that you are not using other items that are irritating -- use free and clear detergents etc. Dress him cooly - in all natural fibers - no polyesters - this goes for his bedding as well. Eczema is an allergy! I have never used Sebulex - no answer your specific question. Aveeno oatmeal bath is very good as well. My eczema baby is 4 now - and we only have occasional flareups. Good luck - you may see it clear up in the summer with the humidity - the dry heat in the winter really makes it worse. Are you running a cool mister humidifier in his room?? Might help.

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J.H.

answers from Nashville on

my 4 month old had cradle cap from about 2 and a half weeks till about 3 months. A lady at church told me to put vasiline on his head and leave it for a whole day and it would help. I did it and then washed it and it got better and i repeted it 3 times that week and his cradle cap has not returned. I did not like the idea of using dandruff shampoo on a baby as it could burn their eyes and some people had told me that it dried their child's scalp out worse and my son had it on his forhead and eyebrows also. I went to get the winnie the pooh stuff but the store I found it at it was priced at $6.00 for a little bottle. I was told that it worked with repeated use, but the vasiline did the job too and it washed out with baby shampoo.

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M.B.

answers from Raleigh on

I know people who use Arbonne ABC baby care and it has worked wonders for their eczema - this is from people who have gone the steroid route and wanted to get away from that.
http://www.arbonne.com/products/baby/set.asp
I know it may seem like alot to spend, but their products are concentrated - so you do not have to use much to take care of the issue. - also, it is a direct selling sort of thing, so not sure if that is your cup or not - you can find it on ebay as well.
READ your product labels for your body care products just as you would for the food you eat - if you cannot pronounce it - leave it in the store - this is also true for some so called 'natural'
products - be sure to read the label -
here is a helpful read: http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/94/goodbadugly

I use JOJOBA oil from Trader Joe's on my son's eczema - it alleviates the itch and is great for the skin -
You can also try olive oil, coconut oil (my personal fav) , or jojoba oil - all of these are great for the skin and scalp.
good luck - and try to get rid of all the fragrance and added petro chemicals in your body care products.

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B.F.

answers from Greensboro on

J.,

My 6 month old had really bad cradle cap all over her head. My Dr told me to use T-Gel it works great. I was scared to use it at first but it was so bad I did. I can not remeber how long it took to clear it up completely but I know I saw signs of improvement the next day.
I also used the scrub brush I got from the hospital to wash her hair with.
Good Luck!
B.
married for 12 yrs, full time working mom of 4yr boy and 6 months old girl.

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R.R.

answers from Louisville on

Hi,
I had this problem with my son, and Head and Shoulders did the trick. Just rub it in good, let it set a minute, and rinse carefully so not to get it in his eyes. After a couple of washes and comb thrus his scalp was normal again. The pediatrician also recommended using a good conditioner as well.
Good luck to you!

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G.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

J.,
Baby oil and a fine tooth comb worked for us when our kids where babies. I did it when I gave them a bath so I could wash their hair with baby shampoo afterwards so their hair wouldn't be oily. It seemed to work after doing this a few times. Good luck and I hope this helps.

G.

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M.N.

answers from Nashville on

I'm not an expert, but my daughter had a mild case of cradle cap. What worked for me was to massage her head with "extra virgin" olive oil at night before bed and then in the morning I would give her bath to rinse it out and then a soft brush to loosen it all up and a comb or my fingers to get out the larger bits. It takes a while to get rid of it all.
I have very sensitive skin and use olive oil too for my own moisturizer. It's good for eczema too as I have had it all my life and am not a big fan of using cortisone creams unless I'm in a bad state (bleeding/cracking/itching). I'm sure all the itchiness is because these products are quite harsh. I would certainly stop anything that is making things worse or uncomfortable for your baby. Continue to consult with your doctor so you don't miss anything unusual.
Something else to add: consider feeding your baby good serving of plain organic yogurt every day (mix with his favorite fruit to taste better). Make sure the yogurt has active cultures. It might not help, but it couldn't hurt.
Best of luck!

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