Help with Cradle Cap

Updated on November 12, 2010
K.G. asks from Riverside, CA
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My 3 month old still has cradle cap and it's driving me crazy! My pediatrician said not to use anything for it...just use a comb when I bathe her and try to remove the flakes. It doesn't seem to be getting any better and it's driving me nuts. Any suggestions???

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Thanks everyone, for your responses. I used the olive oil once before her bath and then shampooed it out and brushed it. It seems to be working. At least, it's not as noticeable. Thanks for all the advice! I appreciate it!

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A.P.

answers from Visalia on

I use to take them a bath at night ..than I would put the baby oil on their head lightly...than leave it like that till the morning and than use the little baby brush and brush the cradle cap off..it worked all the time...wish you luck and hope you get it solved....hugs A.

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N.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

My suggestion is use some baby oil.use it befor a bath rub it and then comb it after just wash the hair. It worked when my daughter was little.

N.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

My doctor and some books I read, told me to use baby oil when I gave my son a bath. I would rub some on his head and wash it off with a wash cloth. It seemed to help.

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W.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Rub a tablespoon of breastmilk into her scalp and the cradle cab will disappear. Worked for my baby girl.

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K.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

my pediatrician had me use selsum blue and it worked miracles (even after the first use).

Good luck!

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J.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

You might want to try baby oil, warm water and a washcloth. Believe it or not, a little gentle washcloth scrub of the head might just do the trick. Watch out for the baby developing a face and upper back rash, though because some babies have an allergic reaction to the skin flakes that come off their heads onto their cribs. Hope this helps! dr. J.

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A.D.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi! One of my kids had cradle cap for a short time. My mom always told me to use a little bit of coconut oil, massaging it into the scalp. If you don't have that, I've actually used olive oil. Olive oil is great for the diet and great for the scalp. Get a small amount on your finger tips and massage away. I hope this helps.

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E.L.

answers from Reno on

There are always 1000 different suggestions for just about everything out there!!! One I thought was good for cradle cap was simply putting Olive Oil in her hair. Let it soak for a while and then wash it using your soft brush. I liked it. All natural, a little Olive Oil never hurt :)

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R.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had this problem with my son when he was a baby, and found that good old fashioned baby oil worked best. You need to apply liberally to the scalp and leave it on for about good 5-10 minutes. You can use the comb to loosen the flakes, but I found that lightly scratching with my fingernails in a circular motion removed more, and was less irratating to the baby-almost like a scalp massage. It will take several applications of shampoo to remove all the baby oil. I also used this for my grandson with great results. Hope this helps!

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T.D.

answers from San Diego on

Hi K.,

The best product for cradle cap is hands down Arbonne ABC body wash and lotion/oil. It treats the problem, but does not cure it. You want to stay away from products that have mineral oil/petrolatum. Mineral oil acts as an occlusive barrier and cannot penetrate the skin in order to give your child the hydration it needs. My girlfriends little five month old daughter has so many allergies, food, lotions and washes. She tried everything on her daughter and Arbonne was the only product that helped with her daughters discomforts. The ABC line is hypoallergenic and does what it says its going to do. I hope this helps with your search for the best product for your child. Contact me if you would like to hear more? I am a mother of two kids myself and can relate to your situation. Good Luck! ;o)

T.
www.trishdewell.myarbonne.com

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G.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had caddle cap more than once, and what worked for me was baby oil, massage it on the scalp before bath time ,wash the hair using a baby brush with the very soft bristles gently scrubbing the scalp, two - four treatments should do the trick , good luck.

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J.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Oh my gosh, my son had the worst cradle cap. It looked like a scab on his head and by the time it was over he had complete male pattern balding. Thank goodness my 2 girls did not have the same issues.
I got similar advise from our pediatrician but she also suggested using some olive oil prior to the bath. Rub the olive oil on and let it sit on the spot then while your baby is in the bath use the comb to remove the scaling. Our doc also suggested dandruff shampoo - let it sit before rinsing - I think it was called Sebulum.
My belief, however, is that the advice I received from other moms worked best because I continued this product with my girls and they never got cradle cap. They suggested Mustela Newborn Foam Shampoo - which is just awesome. I am not a big fan of all Mustela products but this one I can not recommend enough. Another mom suggest Gentle Naturals but I think this was more for eczema. Good Luck!

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S.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Olive oil! Just a little from your finger tips gently massaged on scalp does the trick in a couple of days. It completely natural, and you probably already have it at home.

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S.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi,
My daughter had it bad too, and we put tons of olive oil on her head, then combed out the big pieces, then washed her hair with baby shampoo. But it is true, at least that is the same answer I got, not to do anything. It just looks so gross I had to try something. Good Luck!

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M.A.

answers from Honolulu on

Try putting baby oil on it daily before and after bath. It will speed up the process but don't force it out--be patient it will eventually come out little at a time while you brush the hair after washing

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B.C.

answers from San Diego on

I agree with the baby oil. Altho her pedi said just to put it on before bed, comb it some, then comb again and wash it in the morning. There was also two babies in my daycare that would leave it on all day. The next day it was 99% gone. Mine had it awful until 5 1/2 months. She'd have like an episode every other week. But this would almost clear it after one application. One girl had it and she was going on 1! Its the build up of excess scalp oil and dry skin. Using baby or olive oil will just loosen it up.

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C.M.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

rub baby oil directly on the scalp (and let it sit for awhile) before you bathe her. my son had it really bad and I would let the oil soak overnight ... I would apply it right before he went to bed and then give him a bath in the morning. baby oil worked great!

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V.H.

answers from Honolulu on

Have you tried washing with gentle baby shampoo and then rubbing a little olive oil? (Extra virgin cold compressed) It's the most gentle moisturizer for almost all skin types.

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A.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

My doctor's (My kids go to a medical group) gave me two suggestions and both worked.

The first was to use a plain old bar of ivory soap and rub it in with and adult wash cloth. Do not use the liquid and it had to be ivory soap. This took it away immediately. When it came back I just kept doing it.

The second was to use Selsum shampoo. That worked too.

Remember that both will hurt the eyes so you have to be very careful.

My son is 4 months old so I know what you are going through.

By the way did you know that it could be caused by a milk allergy? That is what caused my sons.

Good luck to you!!

A.

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M.M.

answers from San Diego on

Hey K.: I don't know how old you are or if this is your first baby but chill out. It's not unusual for a baby to have cradle cap. Even tho your pediatrician said don't use anything but a comb, if you're that anxious about it try a little baby oil on her head before you bath her and just rub it gently on the area.
If it's any consolation, it will go away eventually.

Old Mother of three

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R.T.

answers from Honolulu on

Hi K.,

when my baby had cradle cap at about that age I just applied some olive oil (or baby oil, if you prefer) about 20 mintues prior to bathing him. The oil loosened up the cradle cap and then I would gently comb some of the flakes off. The rest of the oil gets removed during bathing. It took about a week or so to clear up. Hope this helps and good luck.

R.

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S.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter is 3yrs old now and when she was little she had cradle cap too. The doctor recommended to try using selsun blue on it and after only a few short times it cleared up so fast. Give it a shot and lemme know.

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S.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

I don't know what the pediatrician would say,, but I used Keri oil on my kids when they were little.

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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

My first child had cradle cap. I slathered on the baby oil the day I was going to take her a bath. I left the baby oil (around 3 hrs) on and kept massaging her head. Then, before I washed the oil off, I gently combed the cradle cap. Some of her hair came out, but it helped with the cradle cap. Then, I washed it out. Now, I had to do this for a few weeks before all the cradle cap disappeared. She now has a full head of hair, no cradle cap. Hope that helps.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

try T-Sal by Neutrogena. it worked for my daughter 17 years ago.

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B.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

When My twins were infants they both got craddle cap and it drove my crazy too! I put baby oil on the scalp and hair like 20-30mins before I would bathe them, then rub with wash cloth & gently comb in the tub. Worked pretty good for me, Hope it does for you.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

before her bath use baby oil on the area of cradle cap and comb it out. It might take 1-3 times but it will work. make sure you massage the oil in.

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T.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used a soft bristle toothbrush and baby oil on my kids scalps and it works really well. You have to work on it a little everyday and do it gently but it is helpful in the long run. I have two kids (5 and 14 weeks) and it worked with both of them.

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I wouldn't do anything. When my son was the same age my pediatrician advised Neutrogena t-gel for the cradle cap and it was so strong that all his hair fell out! I would wait for nature to take its course. And by the way, my son now has the MOST gorgeous head of hair so it all worked itself out.

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L.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I agree with both Elisabeth L & Audrey G; olive oil and a soft brush work great. Let the olive oil soak in and carefully brush away. My mother has been using this remedy for over 55 years.

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M.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

wash the baby's head with a soft brush and Tea Tree oil and Dr. Bronners soap.....That should work...good luck.

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A.G.

answers from San Diego on

rub oil (i used olive oil) into her scalp and after a few minutes, use a soft brush to brush away the flakes. it works as well if not better than the more expensive "cradle cap treatments" you can buy at the drugstore.

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K.G.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

I used Arbonne Baby Oil on my son's head. It loosens up the flakes and I could just comb it right out. It is gross to see all those flakes but it goes away soon. It is herbal and botanical and pediatrician tested so I felt safe using it on my son. I also washed him with the arbonne Baby shampoo and body wash. If you want more info, check out www.kellygould.myarbonne.com. I market the line of products now because I love them so much. I am hooked! My email is ____@____.com if you want to chat.

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K.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

My baby had the same thing!!! I just purchased at Target Cradle cap shampoo. It has winnie the pooh on the front of the bottle.(green/blue bottle) It worked wonderfully.I combed her hair while she was in the bath and that seemed to help as well. Her hair was a little oily the day after. Ive only had to use it twice. And the crdle cap is gone!!!! Hope that helps!!!!!

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N.M.

answers from San Diego on

My pediatrician recommended, hence I recommend the Gerber cradle cap shampoo system (it comes in a box) and it's not as expensive as the Arbonne or the EVOO. You can find it in the grocery store, baby section, top shelf usually (by the other "medicines" i.e., Orajel).

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M.S.

answers from Reno on

My daughter had a terrible case of it for the first couple months and then our babysitter introduced us to a pure lanolin form of nipple cream called Lansinoh (I know it sounds weird). Anyway, we applied the lanolin nipple cream to every little area of her head and although she looked like a little grease monkey, in ONE day, all of it was gone. Now when she gets a little rash or even some eczema, I apply some of the nipple cream and it works its miracle.

The cream is sold at Smiths and Raleighs in a little purple tube.

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K.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,

My son had cradle cap as well and I started using a a baby shampoo by Mustela. It is specifically for newborns and it is a body wash as well, it worked great. You can find Mustela at places like Babies "R" Us. Good luck!

K.

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H.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

try rubbing her head with olive oil, let it soak in for a while then gentle rub it off with a wet wash cloth. It may take a few times to get it all off

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try a little olive oli on it. Rub it in, leave a few minutes and then wash off. This worked almost overnight with our son. Good luck!

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A.H.

answers from Honolulu on

Melaleuca oil (high quality tea tree oil) diluted with olive oil, put on the scalp and left on for ~15 minutes before washing off with Melaleuca kid's shampoo (also has the oil in it) should work very well. Do it for several days. Check the Melaleuca.com website for more details, and let me know if you need additional information.
Good luck!
A.

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M.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had this problem and my doctor sugessted that I use that t gel for him. It seemed to work, but just be careful not to get it in your babies eyes. Hope that helps.

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V.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hey there, K....

Try Olive Oil, just apply a few drops and message in a few times and it should lossen the flakes! I used olive oil instead of lotion on my kids and their skin is beautiful,natural remedy that my Mom use to use! Good Luck

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S.T.

answers from Las Vegas on

Put some baby oil on top and then with a baby comb part her hair and take it a section at a time. Be gentle but I think you will both feel a lot happier once it's gone, even if it does look a little red after.

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Olive Oil works very well.

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H.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

on our site we carry a baby balm that is excellent for cradle cap! check it out, WE GOTTEN RAVE REVIEWS www.heavenlyhooked.com hope this helps!

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A.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

My infant had a mild case, and I rubbed oil into her scalp gently. (I used an apricot oil sold by Burt's Bees, specifically for babies). Then I waited five or ten minutes and brushed it in cirlces with a very soft baby brush. The oil loosens the flakes.

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J.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have four babies and used to hate dealing with cradle cap. I used to think that it made it look like I never bathed my baby. For my fourth baby I bought this special two sided brush by "The First Years" It has soft bristles on one side, and a sponge on the other. It also holds the baby shampoo right inside the brush itself. It's sold at Target and Walmart...anywhere I think...for about $4.
Good luck and I hope I've help out a little.

J.

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K.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

K.,

There is a great organic pharmacy for babies on Ventura in Studio City. They are SO knowledgeable. It is called Green Cradle and they have something for cradle cap. You can check them out on-line although they don't have all of their products posted yet. The store is definitely worth a visit!

Good luck,
K.

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A.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
My son went through that too! I tried the shampoos that are out there and it did not work. The best thing for it is to comb her hair with a little bit of baby oil. I did freak out a little at first because it seemed like some of his hair was falling out! But he looked so much better after the flakey dryness was gone! Baby oil worked for us!

A.
Mom of two, now 6 & 4

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L.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

My doctor had me use Head & Shoulders on my daughter. Put some on her head and let it sit a couple of minutes. It cured the cradle cap. Be careful though not to get it in your baby's eyes.

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C.T.

answers from Reno on

olive oil rubbed on her head should loosen up the flakes and allow you to gently comb/brush them out. it may take a few applications. a word of warning: i did this with my son in his infancy and i scrubbed his head bald because with the flakes comes some hair. i have a 9 month old daughter who still has cradle cap because i did not want to repeat the same thing. My son now has a gorgeous head of hair, but we have some goofy baby pictures thanks to my handy work.

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S.C.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Try olive oil. Nothing fancy, just the plain stuff.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.!

One thing that worked for us was this:

Per the pediatrician's orders - Just before bedtime, rub the baby's head with baby oil then place a cap over her head. In the morning, take a baby comb to her hair and the cradle cap should come right off. Repeat on a nightly basis as necessary.

It worked amazingly well! Good luck, momma! :)

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C.W.

answers from San Diego on

mix Melaleuca oil in with some olive oil. Rub it on her head. It will take it right away. We just did this with a friends grandson. It works. For Melaleuca oil write me ____@____.com

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M.O.

answers from San Diego on

When my girls (3 & 5) were babies I used baby oil and a small tooth comb. I would put the baby oil on their heads and then comb through and the flakes would just come off. Give her a bath afterwards and all the oil residue will be gone. I also used Gentle Naturals: Cradle Cap Treatment that I bought at Target. Good luck!

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H.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
My son had really bad cradle cap and it still comes and goes and he's over 2 years old. Gerber makes a cradle cap kit that I absolutely love and swear by. I've only been able to find it at Toys R Us or Babys R Us but it gets rid of cradle cap after about 2 uses. Also, we are now putting baby oil in his hair before and after (not that much after cause I don't want him to look like he's never been bathed lol) he gets out of the bath and that seems to be helping also. I hope this helps.
Take Care,
H.

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A.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

hello

before you give her bath,rub her head with baby oil or even regular crisco oil let it sit for a fifteen minutes and then comb her hair,you will be surprise how easy they will come off,try this once a day.I have done it with my children now I am doing it with my granchild. Be patient,good luck

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H.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter who is 4 STILL gets a little of this. Both my kids had it BAD. I would say the doctor is right. I tried all the voo-doo potions and what really worked was brushing their head with a cradle cap comb right after a bath when the skin was soft and moist. Just keep doing it...distract them with a cookie(my own personal advice!) Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, my son had cradle cap until he was 5 years old!!! When he wasnt a baby he still had it but I found great ways to maintain it. One, only use good quality sensitive, no frangrence shampoo. (aveno was nice) When I would see a build up I would put some sort of oil on his head and message it good on his scalp. (aveda message oil or plain baby oil) Then I would wait 5 min. and put him in the bath. Let it set a little longer and use the comb to remove it. It would just come right off! Go against the hair. I only had to do this every couple of weeks. Goodluck C.

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R.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I use Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap shampoo on my 17 week old baby girl...http://www.gentlenaturals.com/products/cradle_cap.cfm

She had a little infected red looking circle about the size of a quarter that was peeling. I bathed and brushed her hair daily and it is almost gone! It took about a week. Good Luck!

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B.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I was told to put olive oil on my son's scalp--he had cradle cap as a baby. It apparently softens the flakes so that they come off easier when you wash the baby's hair.

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M.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi!
Have you heard of Arbonne? The baby wash works great on cradle cap, and the ingredients are wonderful...vegan no fragrances or perfumes, etc. For more info. see www.arbonne.com.....

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S.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
My kids are 12 and 14 now, but when my oldest had cradle cap I would rub a bit of baby oil all over his head and massage it gently before giving him his bath. The oil gently removed most of it within a few days if I remember correctly!
Good luck.
S.

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B.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used baby oil and then rubbed my baby's head with the brush I brought home from the hospital.

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M.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

The Mustela shampoo for newborns works great for cradle cap! It's a foam shampoo.

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R.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

We used Mustela Cradle Cap shampoo with great success.
Side note about the baby oil suggestion: if your baby has eczema, baby oil will tend to make it worse.

Good luck!

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S.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

My baby had cradle cap and I received the same advice from my pediatrician... But from the ladies in my breastfeeding group, I got some suggestions that actually worked:
1. Use some baby oil and a comb to really work the flakes off about a half hour to an hour before bath time. If it's really bad, add a tiny drop of tea tree oil to the mix.
2. Use a bit of breastmilk (which also, when dropped in the eye, cured a gooey clogged tear duct) on her head with the comb before bed.
I used the oil technique (without the tea tree) and cured my son's cradle cap in two applications. It has not returned after several months.
Good Luck

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D.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try putting baby oil on the baby's scalp and brush with a soft brush. It should take all of the cradle cap flakes off and you should never had a problem again. Hope this helps. :)

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C.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

my son is 8yrs old and still gets it sometimes. Get some baby oil or baby oil gel and rub it into his scalp and then use a fine comb to pull it out. You can use lotion but i think baby oil works best. I know it is hard because it gets everywhere. and looks gross sometimes. But it does go away and at that age alot of babies get it.

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M.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter had it really bad too. I found that once I stopped using Johnson's baby shampoo on her hair it really helped. You might try a natural shampoo if you are not already. Otherwise, just wait it out, it will go away on it's own eventually.

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S.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

My pediatrician told me to put Boiron's Homeopathic Calendula Ointment on his scalp. It made his hair look greasy, but it worked great and is very natural. My son is four months old and he's still flaking a little. I stopped using it and just brush his hair every day to stimulate the skin/follicles. My bigger worry is that he's losing all his hair and has been left with hair on top and a little mullet in back. ;)

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L.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

K. - I am a Grandmother - but I had this problem with my son when he was little and my doctor recommended scrubbing his head with a really soft baby brush and baby shampoo. It worked great and as a I recall it went away after just a few times.

Blessings, L. R.

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P.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

I don't know if a doctor would advise it, but I use a baby-friendly oil to loosen the flakes, then comb them out. Both my children had cradle cap for months, so a few treatments were necessary. Hope that helps!

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D.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Well K. Im an older Mom and we have old fashioned remedies. We just used the soft baby brush with baby oil in a circular motion. Please be sure it is not an allergy to the baby shampoo or lanolin etc. first. But just regular baby oil is what I used.
Good Luck
D.

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K.R.

answers from San Diego on

Head and Shoulders shampoo--just don't get it in her eyes. My pediatrician told me to do it (he laughed when I said I tried oil). I used it 2x in a row and flakes never came back. I had tried the oil, but it was such a mess and I had to comb for hours to get flakes out, but Head and Shoulders was so easy to do in the bathtub. (From mom of a 6mo old)

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L.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

I just use baby oil and a comb. Rub the baby oil on her scalp and then use a baby comb and gently comb her scalp. It comes right off. Do it before her bath, wash it out and you're all done.

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C.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used a comb to lightly scratch off the cradle cap and then bathed my baby. Also, I've heard that rubbing baby oil on the area and then bathing works well.

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T.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,

Mom of 2. Both kids had cradle cap and it was suggested to me, by a doctor to use dandruff shampoo for cradle cap. I used it twice on my daughter and once on my son and never had to use it again. If you decide to use it, you need to be very, very careful not to get it in the eyes.

Hope this helps.

Take care and good luck.

T.

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A.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
First, don't worry about it. It will disappear in time. My daughter had it really badly when she was a baby, and that was about 20 years ago, and believe me I was so embarased by it because people thought that I didn't take care of her.

You have to be patient, I believe it's just clogged pores. They have a product called
Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care and it is all natural. Also you can try a little olive oil, leave it on for a few minutes and then rub off gently with a wash cloth. This should loosen the dired skin on the scalp and help remove it.
There are some doctors who recommend cortisone type creams, but I would just try the shampoo and the olive oil first. The cradle cap won't harm your baby, and therefor you don't want to use something to get rid of it that may be harmful.

Good luck and remember be patient.

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B.Q.

answers from Los Angeles on

don't worry too much about it, it eventually will go away. In the mean time, put olive oil on the baby's hair and let it sock overnight, then use a super fine comb when you bathe her.

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H.A.

answers from Las Vegas on

I use Gentle Naturals found at Wal-Mart. They have a product specifically for cradle cap. I use their products for my son who has had excema and it works fantastic!

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D.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hey K., my son had it really bad and I used olive oil to treat it. You just rub some olive oil on her head and put a hat on her like a half hour before her bath. Then wash it out. You may have to do it a few times. My son's comes back from time to time and I just repeat it and it works pretty well.

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V.G.

answers from Las Vegas on

My daughter had the same problem and still does actually. I was told by her doctor to use Selsun Blue Daily Care 2-1 once a week. Use a very small dime size or less drop. Be careful about the eyes. Will burn if you get the shampoo in them.

I've been doing this since she was four months old and now she is going to be three. It's working for us.

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J.W.

answers from Las Vegas on

My 3 children are grown but when they had cradle cap my doctor told me to put baby oil on their scalp for several days and it worked. I don't know if you can even get baby oil any more.

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L.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Our pediatrician recommended massaging a little Head and Shoulders before bath time, comb through and rinse hair. Before I did this I used a little olive oil instead of baby oil (but it came back). That's when I asked our ped and it worked the first time.

L.

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N.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

okay, I know this will sound funny but it worked for my son. I first placed some baby oil on his scalp and then let it sit for about 5 minutes before his bath. After his bath I then used a business card and ran the edge from front to back where the cradle cap was. I know it sounds out there, but it worked. Good luck.

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L.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.:

My daughter had cradle cap too and I used a mild shampoo, like johnson and johnson's baby shampoo, and while the soap was in her hair, I took a fine tooth comb (like the lice combs)and combed it all out. it is easier when the scalp is wet.

I hope this helps@

L. B.

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K.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K., I don't think it's uncommon to still have cradle cap at that age. My daughter had a long after that. But what I did was put some olive oil (the Baby 411 book recommended it and gave other oils you could use) on her head and massage softly with a very soft toothbrush. That really pulled most of it up. I then washed her hair and was able to get the oil and flakes out. Hope that helps!

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Both of mine had it as well. I used the comb that I got from the hospital (very fine comb). During bath I would dab a little olive oil on their head first and let it sit for a bit then just combed all the skin or whatever it is called off.

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Z.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K. G,

When my daughter was a baby she also had cradle cap which, developed from putting baby oil in her hair. After you wash your babies hair do not put any kind of oils in the hair just leave it dry because babies create their own oils. As my daughter got older the cradle cap did get worse. Take your baby to the doctor there is a cream the Dermatologist can prescribe. I also washed my daughter's hair with Neutrogena medicated shampoo. Check with your Dermatologist first, my daughter was much older than 3 months.

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D.P.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

I always used baby oil - just a little did the job

Mom of three (14, 9, and 6)

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T.N.

answers from San Diego on

my son had the same thing when he was smaller and I got so many different ideas of what to do, but the one that seemed to work was a small amount of head and shoulders or some kind of dandruff shampoo. Make sure it doesnt drip on her face or her eyes, and it works!!

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M.G.

answers from Las Vegas on

My son had baby acne and cradle cap pretty bad. My friend gave me home made diaper cream which consisted of olive oil and beeswax. I would put that on his head and let it sit for a while. Then at his bath time I would wash him with Aveeno soap and gentle scrub it off with my fingernails. It's kind of yuckie but it works well and it is gentle. It will go away but he had it for months.

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C.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

My ped suggested that we use some head & shoulders...which is what I have been using.

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C.N.

answers from Honolulu on

Hi K.,
It's been a while since I've dealt with cradle cap, my "baby" is now 11 years old and oldest is 18, lol. Anyway, I remember rubbing a little bit of baby oil (not too much, baby already has enough natural oils which I believe is the cause of cradle cap to begin with). Rub a little baby oil to loosen then when you shampoo head you can either gently scrape off with fingernails in side to side motion or gently rub off with baby washcloth. That cleared the problem in one to two days.
Hope it works! Just remember to be gentle especially around baby's soft spot.
Aloha, C.

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D.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

K., I have had great luck with orignal Head & Shoulders for both of my kids. Just make sure to watch the eyes when rinsing. It only took about 1 week with Head & Shoulders and the cradle cap was gone. Good luck!

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H.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try putting a hat on the baby and don't worry so much. She'll grow out of it!

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I also had a daughter with cradle cap and it is so gross. Before her bath, I would put a little dab of baby oil on her scalp and rub it all over and let it sit for a minute and then when I washed her hair the oil would come out and it seemed to help the cradle cap disappear. I had to do it several times until it was all gone, but it did seem to help.

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B.M.

answers from San Diego on

My daughter had cradle cap when she was first born, and it didn't completely go away until she was about 12 months old. My doctor said it was normal and that i could put baby oil on her head before her bath and then wash it with a wash cloth. It doesn't completely come out the first time, her hair (if she has any) might look a little greasy but not bad. The next bath you give her it will wash all away and if you keep up with it the cradle cap will get better. I know it drove me crazy but the doctor kept telling me to remember that it probably bothered me more than it bothered her. It will go away so try not to worry about it too much. Good luck.

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J.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried putting oil on her head first? I found that putting an oil on my kids head, like burts bees apricot oil, but I am sure baby oil would work too. Then let it sit for maybe 10 or 15 minutes then use the comb to (Iknow this sounds bad) scrape the cradle cap off her head. As long as you keep the comb flat and don't dig it into her head it doesn't hurt them and I have found that if I get all or most of it off I only had to do it once or twice at the most and it did not come back. After the comb then give her a bath to wash the oil out. Good Luck-J.

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E.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi! I've used olive oil on my son's cradle cap. Rub a little on and let it sit for about 15 mins. Then take a comb and you can get a lot of it up. Then make sure you wash her hair (maybe even twice). You have to keep using the olive oil though to really get rid of it.

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L.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I would highly recommend using Arbonne's ABC Baby Care Body Oil. There is no mineral oil or other bad toxins. Info from their website: Restore baby’s skin with essential moisture, thanks to this natural oil that softens and moisturizes delicate skin. Key Ingredients: Safflower, sunflower, jojoba, soybean and shea butter oils.

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A.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
You need to be really careful of what you put on your baby. 95% of products made here in the US have really cheap fillers in them. Such as, Mineral oil, animal byproduct, fragrance and dyes. All of which are so bad for the sensitive skin of a baby.
I am a consultant with Arbonne and highly recommend that you try their baby line. The bonus with them is that you get a 45 day money back garuntee. I have a 11 month old son, and he has never had a diaper rash, baby acne, or any other skin issues. His head started to get dry and I am sure was on it's way to cradle cap, but I used the Arbonne oil and lotion, and it went away the next day.
I would love to get you a sample today if you would like. I fully believe in Arbonne and know first hand how awesome it is.
I am just a wholesale buyer and would love to get it for you.
Just give me a call.
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C.K.

answers from Honolulu on

I am a mother of 4 children and I have 1 beautiful grand-daughter. What worked for all my children was to rub a little baby oil on their head and use a baby comb to gently clean their scalp. Do this twice a day for a couple days and it should stop. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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N.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

A dab of vaseline...let it sit on the scalp for a few minutes to absorb and it will loosen the flakes so that you can remove them.

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M.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had the same problem with my daughter. And my doctor told me the same thing and it just kept getting worse!! I tried a drop or two of baby oil! it wont harm the baby it just keeps the baby's head from being so dry! But make sure if you do use baby oil and are out in the sun with the baby the put a cap on him because the sun can burn the baby's head alot easier cause of the oil!

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A.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

Rub some olive oil on her head and leave it in for about 10 minutes and then when you bathe her rub it off gently with a wash cloth.

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hey there. I had the same problem with my little boy.
There is this one kind of baby brush that has soft but firm plastic bristles. I think i have seen them at target. (It is the type of brush the surgens use to scrub before a surgery. i hope that helps)
What i did was i put baby oil on his head for about an hour then took and gave him a bath. But before i washed his hair i took that brush and lightly scrubed his head. It came right off. All of it. My friends son had it so bad that it was turning brown on his head. I gave her the brush and told her to do the same and his came right off too.
If you can't find a brush then ask your doctor if he has any in his office.
Good luck

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B.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

All three of my kids had it too. Don't worry, it WILL go away. Try not to comb too much or too hard. You don't want your babies scalp to be sore. It is usually gone by the time your baby turns 5 to 6 mos.

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D.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

It's true that you don't need to use any medicated shampoos on cradle cap, but combing it away will happen much more easily with a couple of drops of baby oil, olive oil, even plain old canola oil rubbed over the scalp. Leave the oil on for a few minutes before combing. It softens the cradle cap 'crust' and you end up with an almost entirely clean scalp after gently combing. It's a pain in the neck pulling all the grungy bits out of baby's fine hair, but do it in short sessions on a day when you don't have to show baby off for a a few hours. Have a comb, have a play, little more combing, have a feed, bit more combing, fall asleep... you get the idea. At the end of it all, have a nice soothing bath and shampoo (or even rinse with plain water) the oil out of baby's hair.

Cradle cap was always my favorite baby 'problem' because it was so easy to solve. Made me feel like I was doing something right for a change! :-) Good luck!

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A.D.

answers from Visalia on

Try using Baby Oil. Just put a little throughout the scalp and use the small comb to brush it out. It helps soften the cradle cap and easier to remove. Hope this helps!

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J.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,

First of all realize that cradle cap is your childs protective skin on her sensitive little head sloughing off now that she is out in the big world which is totally normal. But some kids have more than others. I would first of all not wash her hair everytime you give her a bath since this can dry out her scalp even more. You can also use the baby brush with the really soft bristles and just go over her head with gentle round strokes to loosen the dead skin and help it along. I have also put baby oil or conditioner on my baby's scalp to help moisten her skin and make it look not so scabby. I hope these things help. Don't worry that she has cradle cap, it is temporary just like baby acne and it will clear up and your baby is still a beautiful baby. Have fun!

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B.P.

answers from Las Vegas on

My dr had us use a very small amount of selsun blue (I think he said once a week). You have to make sure to keeop it out of their eyes...it burns like crazy so be careful but it worked pretty quickly. Good luck.

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

My baby had cradle cap too. We used Arbonne's baby care shampoo and body wash and it got rid of it! If you want to try it, email me at ____@____.com.

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M.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

I just read that cradle cap is a form of dandruff. Maybe you can try washing her hair with the Neutrogena dandruff shampoo once in a while it is called T something. Neutrogena is at least more natural than Head and Shoulders or something. They probably even make an all natural dandruff shampoo. I also put conditioner on my kids when they first get in the shower or bath and then comb some of it off after it has soaked for a while. Good luck

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E.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I tend to use natural methods for these kinds of irritations. Having said that, there is diluted organic apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract (not together).

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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

K.

Cradle cap on babies can be very frustating for parents my baby had the same thing.
Make sure you wash your babies hair at least onece a day, and apply some kind of mineral oil or on her head as soon as you give her a bath. Then softly use a comb and try to remove the old cap do this every day and you'll see some improvement soon. I used this organic baby oil from california baby.
www.californiababy.com

Do not get frustated! This is something normal and eventually will dissapear.

Good luck to you!

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K.M.

answers from San Diego on

I also have a 3 mo old baby girl with some yucky cradle cap. I've been using a soft brush to scrub her head when I'm shampooing and then a little hydrocortisone (sp?) after her bath and it seems to be helping. I bathe my girl every day, but I only use the hydrocortisone when needed.

Good Luck!

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E.M.

answers from Honolulu on

Hi K., my name is Liz. My 5th child had horrible cradle cap, it was even all over his face. The doctor told me it would go away on its own as long as I brush...bla, bla, bla. 2 or 3 times a day, especialy before bath time, I would put olive oil on his head and face and then use the little brush they gave me at the hospital on his head and his face just wipew gently with a soft washcloth.
Hope that helps!
Liz (mom of 6)

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E.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Use mineral oil on the scalp and then when the "scales" loosen us, comb it out. Then, wash hair as normal. It works wonders!

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R.F.

answers from Honolulu on

When my little girl had cradle cap I put a little baby oil on the spot and used the comb to get it in there and before I gave her a bath. By the time I undressed her and got her in the bath it was enough for the baby oil to get into the area and in a couple of days it was gone. Hope this helps.

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C.N.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Dear K.,

Save yourself, get over the going crazy there will be plenty of other situations and health issues that are much more serious that this one.

Cradle cap can be handled the way that the doctor mentioned, or just put a bit of baby oil on it and rub in. It will slough off with washing and drying.

C. N.,

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J.W.

answers from Santa Barbara on

Our Dr. Recommended using "head and shoulders" shampoo for a few days until it is gone. I bought the rite aid brand. I used a gentle scrub with my short finger nails, and a face cloth. It worked great! Used it 2x. I was weary of using it because I am "more organic" with most things, the rite aid brand doesnt have parabens. Let me know what you think.
Kim

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M.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used a dab of oil, vegetable works fine. I have also used grape seed. Once I used sesame oil, since that was all I had and it really stunk, but it worked.

Just rub it in a cirular pattern until it comes off, then wash with regular baby soap/shampoo.

It will leave a red raw mark and will not prevent the return. I noticed it took longer to come back though.

Hope this helps.

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D.C.

answers from San Diego on

Keep using the comb even when you aren't given her a bath, and then use baby lotion on the scalp to keep it moist. It will help a lot!

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D.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

MY 3 year olds daughter still has some residual of craddle cap and it just seems to keep coming...I have had some success with olive oil or mayo on their heads to loosn the flake, but some heads are more stubborn than others, I asked my hairstylist and she was the one who told me about the olive oil...and another mom told me mayo..I do it in the shower and then comb through it...My older daughter seems to have outgrown it noe, she is almost 6. Good luck!

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K.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Olive oil. Avoid baby oil as it contains petrolatum, the same stuff in gasoline.

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D.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

what helped with my baby was California baby product line, cream and shampoo

it's wonderful, they have it in Target, but are usually out of product so I usually have to go get it to the Whole Foods, but it's worth the drive

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M.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Gentle Naturals (available at Rite Aid, CVS, major drugstore in baby aisle) makes a Cradle Cap Shampoo that smells and works great! This was very handy and worked very well with my son, who also suffers from eczema. Once it clears up, if he continues to have dry scalp, I would recommend maintaining it with Head & Shoulders. Good luck!

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M.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

You can try Mustela foam shampoo for newborns works great. Another one that works great is Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care put it on before you wash her hair and the flakes will comb right out. Baby oil also works great.

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D.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K., I see you have had numerous reponces already, I also am an Arbonne consultant and have had many customers have great results with the baby oil and wash. I would personally choose one of the more natural choices you have been given vs using a head n shoulders or selson blue, becuase adult products tend to have more harsh chemicals in them and they are absorbed throught the skin and scalp to the bloodstream, but thats my personal opinion. Hope you find something to help your little one soon. If you have any questions fel free to email me back..

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H.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

My pediatrician at the time had me use a little selsum blue. It worked really well.

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V.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

When my son had a little cradle cap I put baby oil on his scalp, rubbed it in really well and used a comb to loosen it up and then washed his hair. He has super fine hair so you can see everything, it drove me crazy too.

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G.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

i used olive oil and shampoo. worked very efficiently - of course that's what my doctor said to do! funny how they are all so different. also used a soft soft brush while shampooing with this mixture - think it was from one of my daughter's dolls!

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A.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

I heard of some people gently Massaging a little amount of olive oil....But first, Is your baby recieving enough fluids and particulary MINERALS? Are you breast feeding, or Bottle...E-mail me back ____@____.com

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B.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

When my son was that age, I would pick it off when he was asleep on my chest! It works best when they're a little bit sweaty. Granted, I had to make sure he was REALLY asleep, but I got all of it off within a matter of days :) Thing is, it all came back about 6 months later. But now that my son has hair, it can't be seen like it could when he was younger. Now, I bought some Calendula oil (although I hear olive oil works too) and rubbed it on his head in the bath and used my fingernail again to scrape it off. I can't get all of it done at once (my son doesn't have the patience for that!), but after a few times, it mostly all comes off. Oh and make sure to wash their hair really well after doing the oil. It will even be a bit oily the next day. Good luck!

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S.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had it too. Our doctor said to rub a little olive oil on his scalp and loosen the flakes before washing his hair. It is almost completely gone. Good luck.

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C.S.

answers from San Diego on

My son had a very bad case as well. I checked a wellness guide and it said to mix olive oil with tea tree oil and massage it in his scalp. I did it and it was completely gone in 2 days!

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J.O.

answers from Honolulu on

I've heard that kukui oil will help with cradle cap.

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A.F.

answers from San Diego on

This was the BEST. 1 treatment and my son's cradle cap was gone! I rubbed his head down with almond oil. Rub it in really well, to her dry hair, it will lift off the flakes, and you can help by using your finger nails to lightly lift and massage them away. I spent like 5 mins massaging it in. Then wash it out, may take 2 times to get the oil out. Then comb and just keep her head from sweating- I was keeping my in a hat a lot b/c I thought his head was cold- but it was too warm, and so he was sweating!

Hope that does the trick!!

A.

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M.F.

answers from Las Vegas on

My pediatrician suggested I used Selsan Blue Dandruff Shampoo on my kids when they had cradle cap. About a dime size very carefully massaged into their hair and rinsed out and it seemed to dissappear and it would be gone for weeks at a time.
One of my kids had it well into her toddler years. So I would use the shampoo with every flare up.

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B.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter had a lot of dry skin on her scalp until she was almost 1 year. A Pharmacist recommended using a soft toothbrush and gently using it in a circlular motion. It helped some.

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K.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,
I used a little baby massage oil (nothing with mineral oil in it) on my son's scalp about 20-30 minutes prior to his bath... worked great! It'll come off within a few times of doing this. Good luck. K.

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K.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I agree with your pediatrcian, have patience it will go away.
If you need to do something you can massage olive oil onto her scalp,let it soak in and wash away excess during bath, it may help it flake off earlier. Otherwise let it come off in it's own time.

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N.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Both our kids had it and our pediatrician recommended using olive oil. Massage it in gently every other day (about a teaspoon or so) and then the flakes should comb out fairly easily after you wash her hair. With our second baby I also used spearmint scented oil because of the soothing armoatherapy effect. Good luck!

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S.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

I'm not sure how comfortable you would be doing it, but our pediatrician told us we could use head and shoulders every few days. Or he said to just put baby oil on it during his bath. We tried both and it cleared up in about a week and a half. Although the baby oil made his hair really greasy....he had a LOT of hair. But after it cleared up it was ok. :) I think ur doctor is saying not to do anything, because there really isn't any need for it unless the baby is miserable from the itching or something, it is just dry skin that should clear up on it's own. Also, try not washing baby with soap every single day. Their skin dries out really easily and they don't really need to be cleaned as much as we do. A simple soak in the tub is enough, with soap every other day or so. :) Hope this helps.

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K.C.

answers from San Diego on

K.,

I asked this question to my hair stylist - who would know better about hair and the scalp right? He suggested a shampoo used for dandruff. I used Neutrogena 2 in 1 (shampoo/conditioner) for dandruff on my 3 month old who had quite a lot of hair and cradle cap and this seemed to resolve the issue. He did mention that 'baby shampoos' are not good for babies and the only thing that makes them baby shampoo is the 'no tears' ph balance for getting in their eyes - other than that they are useless. The first thing I did for cradle cap to get the flakes out was to soak her head in Eucerin cream (over the counter used for dry skin and psoriasis) the cream softens the skin and conditions it and then I used the comb gently to soften the dry flakes. I continue to use Neutrogena on her hair now and the cradle cap has disappeard.

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A.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

For my son's cradle cap I used Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care. It's a tall thin greenish bottle that works WONDERS and is completely safe and natural for babies. If you put some in her hair and then use a comb to get the cradle cap out, it should stay gone for a few days at least.

Try this link to see where it's sold near you (no, I don't work for the company - I just swore by this stuff when my little guy was younger!)

http://www.gentlenaturals.com/products/cradle_cap.cfm?gcl...

Good luck! :)

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A.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had it bad too. At about 6 weeks I finally could not stand it anymore and lathered his head with lotion and then gently and carefully scraped all the dry skin off with my finger nails. Sounds terrible but it never came back.

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M.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Baby Oil does the trick. Apply some 10 minutes before bathing the baby, then use a baby comb to brush it out. Wash the babies hair and voila it will slowly decrease the cradle cap until it is totally gone.

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A.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

I put the Johnson and Johnson pink baby lotion all over my baby's head each night after his bath. That has cleared up the cradle cap for all four of my children. Good luck!

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J.F.

answers from Reno on

Hello K. no worries I used olive oil and didn't need to use the anti-dandruff shampoo and it worked. I've included the directions below.

Good luck and God Bless!

Treatment:

Since cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the baby, try the oil treatment first. If it persists or worsens, then add the dandruff shampoo treatment.

Use baby oil or olive oil to soften the thick crusts. Rub it in with your finger, let the oil soak in for 15-30 minutes, then gently remove the crusts with a soft toothbrush. Wash the oil out immediately. This is very important, leaving the oil in too long can cause her whole face to break out in a rash.

Antidandruff shampoo. Use an over-the-counter brand, such as Neutrogena T-gel. Be careful to keep it out of her eyes. After lathering it into her hair, then massage the scalp with a washcloth. Use it once or twice a week for about two weeks.

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try to moisten the babys head with baby oil. Do this at night so the oil has a chance to work. Comb through to get rid of flakes. I did it with my child only for two nights and its gone. Hope it works!

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

When washing her hair, scrub gently with the brush from the baby's comb and brush set. It takes awhile, but it works.

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R.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi there mom of 3 month old,try useing baby oil and a comb, I have 7 children and it has worked on them. Hope it helps you

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M.B.

answers from San Diego on

K.
I have had that problem with my daughter who is now 5yrs old. She had it so bad that i use to alwyas put beanies or hats on her when we went out in public! The dr told me the samething but I come from a latina family from my mothers side & they have different beliefs. Thank god! I use to put baby oil on her head & place a beanie on her head every evening. After washing it out I would lay her on my lap & rub her scalp. I think that the stimulation to the scalped helped the flow of the oils in her scalp. It evenually began to become less dry & the cradle cap went away. It takes time though! Dont let it stress you out. Good luck!

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D.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello K..
the best solution ( and it works) is to use baby oil, dampled on a cotton ball and use this soon after you have given your baby a bath. you damp the cotton ball with enough oil & rub it on baby's head until the cradle ccap is fully soaked; wait about 5 minutes. If you have a baby's comb use it as if you're combing her hair for about 2 minutes, since her head is probably still soft; voila, you will see how this will lift all the flakes. Several sessions may need to follow.
Believe me, it even works on an adult's head, I do this procedure on my husband, since he tends to get winder dryness on his scalp.
Good luck!
D.

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D.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

I ordered a product called Stelaker made by Mustela on drugstore.com when my daughter was a baby (she's 2 now). If I remember right, it was kind of expensive, but the cradle cap went away with 2 applications. Highly recommend this product!

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B.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear K.,

My babies are 19, 17, and 15, so my information may be a little outdated on this, but my pediatrician told me to use a dandruff shampoo like Tegrin - and my son didn't have cradle cap that bad. I hated using it, because the . . . odor? - fumes? - whatever . . . was so strong, but I think it worked (it's been a long time . . . ). It also seems like I read or heard when my babies were babies to use baby oil on the scalp to soften it.

Good luck!
B.

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C.U.

answers from Los Angeles on

I recommend Mustela shampoo, specifically for cradle cap. It did wonders for my little boy.

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M.B.

answers from Reno on

I recently read several studies that there is a strong link to lotions containing peanut oil being used on a child's skin in the first two years is linked to allergies later.
With that, I think I would be careful putting anything food based on her skin (especially nut based) before she's two.
Both my kids had cradle cap. With my son I rubbed baby oil into it and then would scrub it out during bathtime and it went away but with my daughter I only used her baby shampoo and the little brush they give you at the hospital when they're born and then I'd comb it out. It worked equally as well. Just scrubbed it really well.
I know what you're going through though. I'd find myself picking at it to get it off of her head but in all honesty, it never bothered her, just me :)

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used the Disney cradle cap ahampoo and it helps. you can buy it at Target.

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M.M.

answers from San Diego on

we used selsun blue twice a week and put cortaid on it every night. it was better in about 1 week and gone in three. We still use the selsun 1/wk and cortaid every other day....

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C.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi there. You really should try some baby oil. That's the only thing that will take it away. And trying to brush away the flakes is not a good thing. Just put some oil on her head right before you bathe her. And do it every day until it clears. But make sure you don't leave the oil on her head, it needs to be washed off! I read in what to expect the first year that you should never leave the oil on their heads, just do a little bit to cover the area, as you know oil spreads easily, and wash it off when you give her a bath. And if you can avoid a car seat for a while, I noticed with my son that he was getting sweaty in the car seat and that would make it worse, and don't worry, once it's gone, it doesn't usually come back. Hope that helps! Take care.

C. :)

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K.F.

answers from San Diego on

Hi K.,

Both of my kids had cradle cap really badly. I used the baby oil, but it didn't work. With my son I bought the Gerber cradle cap treatment that comes with the come and everything. It's a three step process... shampoo, cradle cap treatment and lotion. It worked great. I have also used the Gentle Naturals cradle cap treatment and it worked well too. You can buy at Target, Walmart or Babies R Us. Babies R Us has the best selection. Hope this helps....

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A.H.

answers from San Diego on

I used a soft washcloth each time I bathed them. Get her head wet to help soften the skin then when you wash her hair, use the washcloth to gently scrub the scalp. Do this each time you bath her and it should help the excess skin to come off faster.

A. H

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

We put a little olive oil on his head about 30 mins before bath time. It took about 4-5 baths, but eventually it all went away. You can always use dandruff shampoo but that scared me in case it got in his eyes. The olive oil worked wonders and quickly.

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H.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had it for a long time-at least off and on for the first year. I never did find what worked, other than picking it off after the bath while combing his hair. It did eventually go away and came back intermittingly as a toddler. He is 7 now and hasn't had any issues with it, so it does go away. Hang in there!

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A.L.

answers from San Diego on

I would totally NOT worry about cradle cap. My daughter is 2.5 years old and she still has a little bit. Everytime she bathes I use the comb and take a little out. You definitely do not want to irritate that scalp. Leave her be and be patient.

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M.S.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Paul Mitchell makes a great shampoo for babies called BABY DON'T CRY and it really worked on my daughter. Good luck!

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K.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Remember that the bones on the skull are not joined together yet. There is a soft spot. Be very careful.Gently Rub a little baby oil on the cradle cap each day, especially after each time you wash her hair. use non-tearing shampoo first rub gently with wash cloth. Of course the scalp will look oily after applying the baby oil but leave some on each day, use a very soft baby brush. and soon the cradle cap will be gone.

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A.M.

answers from Santa Barbara on

I had this great little tool, it was a soft brush on one side and a sponge on the other and you could put shampoo in it and push a button and the shampoo would come out of the sponge part... anyway it was made by The First Years. The bristles are really soft plastic so it allowed me to get a good scrub on. I suppose you could do this with a baby brush but I really liked the way these bristles were it really seemed to lift the flakes off over a short period of time. I would sometimes use olive oil and the baby comb we got from the hospital, that worked well too.

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C.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had that problem with my daughter. the doctor told me to use baby oil before a bath. put it all over the hair, wait 5 min, use a comb to get the flakes and then wash. it also helped to use the comb in the bath

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L.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I work with a pediatrician, and she always recommends using either mineral oil or sweet almond oil on the scalp of a baby with cradle cap. You put it on the baby's head and let it sit for a good while, then gently comb the area. Over time, this should lift the flake up and then off the baby's head.

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K.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

This is such a easy fix. Everyday just wet her hair and use shampoo for babies. Take a fine tooth comb and brush back, forward, left and right. keep doing it until your baby can't take it anymore. Usually do it at least 5 min a day. then when you dry the scalp take one of those baby brushes that are super soft and brush the flakes in circles and after about 2 times it will almost be all gone. When oyu get it under control just do this once a week for up keep and it will stay away. Hope this helps

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J.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I used baby oil on my daughter's head and it combs right out. Doctor suggested it.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

My 3 month old had it as well. If it was really bad I let olive oil soak on his head, and wash it out. After that brush threw it with a fine comb. I also bought an organic baby product to wash his hair with. As great as Johnson&Johnson smells, there are still a perfumes in it. My little guys cleared up:) Jenn S.

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N.G.

answers from Visalia on

We always put baby oil on cradle cap.
I would google it and see. But wash it with baby shampoo
and a rough wash cloth and put baby oil on it.
N.
grandma of 2

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N.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Use an oil such as almond and scrape it off. My daughter lost a lot of hair but the flakes came off over several weeks. Just be cautious in using shampoos, lotions etc. to make sure they are phthallate free given the recent UW study.

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S.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.!
I don't know if it just worked for my baby or if it is good for all. After their bath I would gently rub their scalp with the towel or wash cloth, then comb away loser skin, then while hair and scalp are still wet, I would rub in a little Aquaphor Ointment from Eucerin. Eucerin is a really good brand of ointment and cream for baby's skin.

Good Luck

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Arbonne has a line of baby products that are wonderful, and the oil is great for cradle cap. The line is Swiss formulated and made here in the US from herbs and botanicals. There are no animal products or bi-products, no chemical dyes or fragrances, and no mineral oil (which doesnt absorb into your skin), and it is pediatrician tested. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
www.marybethb.myarbonne.com
M.

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A.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Just wanted to let you know its not uncommon at all for a baby to have cradle cap all the way up to a year. My son had it almost until then.

The only thing we found that worked was baby soap on the head, followed by a soft scrubbing. We had these sponges from the NICU that had a really soft comb-like thing on the back. But even this didn't work great. I know they also sell an oil you can put on their head, you could try that.

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C.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had cradle cap so bad that he looked like he had male pattern baldness. Try not washing her hair every day and using a little bit of olive oil rubbed in to the affected area. You do have to comb out the crud but if the area is moist, the hair doesnt come out as much.

Mother of 5

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C.L.

answers from Reno on

We used baby oil and vitamin e oil on my niece and my daughter both had it down to their cutie little faces brushed their heads lightly and washed faces it cleared up in a few days and we havent had any problems since hope this helps

chris

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M.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.,

When my daughter was about the same age as your she had the same thing. I would rub baby oil on her head and then comb her hair with a very thin comb. You should rinse the comb off each time you run it through her hair. Try this maybe twice a day depending on how bad it is. It should work. I saw results within a week.

Good Luck.

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J.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Kristin - I have the same thing with my son. The two things I've done that have worked are massaging some olive oil onto the area and then scrubbing with either a soft toothbrush or picking it off with my nails. It comes back but that cleans it up quite a bit. I also heard that using the foam from beer helps loosen the skin and then massage olive oil on after.

I read that it goes away around 6 months. I hope that helps.

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S.T.

answers from San Diego on

Both of my babies had that and I just used a little bit of baby oil on their scalp after a bath. I would rub it in, comb it through, and then gently rub it out with a dry washcloth. It took all the flakes out, and it is completely safe. My favorite oil is the Apricot oil from Burt Bee's, but even olive oil would work. :)

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C.D.

answers from Las Vegas on

Both of my sons had it pretty bad and with this last one I put a little bit of Selson Blue on his head, let it soak in for a few minutes (maybe brush it in with a soft baby brush and off it comes. I had to do it a few times but I friend who told me about it only had to do it once.

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A.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Krisen,

There's really not much you can do but it eventually goes away. You can try and and put baby oil on her head then comb it out. My baby had it the first few months but it went away.

Hope this helps.

A. B
San Juan Capistrano

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S.F.

answers from San Diego on

Both my kids had bad cradle cap :( And I hated it too. For my daughter I put olive oil on the scalp and combed it in about 30 minutes before bath time. Then washed, scrubbed and scraped (gently of course) away with her soap in the tub. She had an oily head the next day because I couldn't get all the oil out, but her cradle cap was much reduced. Good luck :)

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B.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

There is a product on the baby wash/shampoo care aisle at Target. It is called something like "cradle cap cure". It is in a light blue/aqua colored bottle with one of the Winnie the Pooh characters on it. They have a whole line of like exzema cream and some other stuff. I bought it and used it and its the only product I have seen for cradle cap and it works perfectly. Dont use baby oil or anything like that. Just get this stuff from Target and you will be all good.

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A.G.

answers from Reno on

Use a little Head & Shoulders on her head, just be careful not to get it in her eyes because it really stings.

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi K.
My health visitor advised using olive oil. However, after using it for a week it just didn't do very much and didn't smell great either. In the end I used baby oil on it and it worked a treat! Good luck!

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H.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

my baby had cradle cap at 5mo and a friend suggested Mustela foam shampoo for newborns. i've been using it at every bath and it works. he has no more cradle cap. this shampoo [and other products by this brand] can be purchased at Nordstrom.

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T.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

K.,
My son is 15 months old and still has a little cradle cap. His pediatrician said it will probably never completly go away,it is a form of dandruf. She said to use a dandruf shampoo once a week, making sure not to get any in his eyes because it is not tear free, and to not be afraid to really scrub the top of his head using your nails to help loosen it. Then continue to use a comb when you are done. This helped get a lot off also just giving it time. As she gets older Im sure it will continue to improve. Good luck!

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S.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Kristin,
My 3 month old has cradle cap too. I have been using a washcloth on the scalp during bath time and softly scrubbing the dead skin off. Then directly after while the skin is still soft and moist, I use an organic massage oil from "Avalon Organics" it has almond, olive, sunflower and borage oils in it. Then I use a weightless lotion on his head from the same company and it has chamomile, cocoa butter, flax and sunflower. My nanny got him a generic one from the supermarket and the third ingredient is alcohol, that will dry anyone's skin, so I told her I only want to use the organic products. You will be amazed on how beautiful your baby's head will look and feel.

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A.K.

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We used olive oil with a comb and it cleared up quickly - good luck!

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M.S.

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Hi K.
I had the same problem with one of my kids. Here is what helped me out. Twice a week while bathing my baby i would wet his hair and masage a few drops of extra virgin olive oil on the affected areas. Let it on there for a few minutes. Then with one of those very soft baby brushes rub your baby's scalp gently before shampooing. My pediatrician said that cradle cap is a sign of dry skin and once i only washed his hair twice a week the cradle cap cleared up in a few weeks.
M.

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C.J.

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My friend just sugested using baby oil and the baby comb and it worked for my son. Make sure you do it before their bath so you can wash out the oil and stuff when you are done. Best of luck.. I didn't like it either!

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J.R.

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Hi K.,
My son had cradle cap pretty bad and what we used was Almond oil. Make sure it is organic and food grade you put it on her head and leave it for a few minutes then with a soft brush and baby shampoo you scrub it off. Use circular motion with the brush and it will come right off. It took about three times to get it off of James head and he has not had it since. Good luck!
J. and James 7 months

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K.P.

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This may sound a little wierd, but we used Extra Virgin Olive Oil on our daughter's head! it worked! We just dabbed it on with a paper towel, let it sit awhile, and then combed out the flakes.
The best time to do this was while she was sleeping. I just held her (or had my husband hold her) while she slept and then combed away the flakes.

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L.H.

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I know a lot of babies get cradle cap. My 4 year old girl still gets it and has since she was born. But, she has a peanut allergy and is lactose intolerant, as well. So, if the cradle cap doesn't clear up within a reasonable amount of time, it could be an allergy.

BTW, the olive oil and combing in a circular motion helped get rid of the cradle cap for a little while with our dd.

L.

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P.K.

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Use Head and Shoulders shampoo let it sit on the babies head for a few minutes careful not to get it in her eyes. it works well that is what my doctor suggested when my baby got cradle cap and it eliminated the problem after just a few uses. Do not use any oil, cradle cap is the babies skin adjusting to the outside world and the natural oils in their body.

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P.G.

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Hi K.,
Although it may drive you crazy, you just have to wait until it goes away, and it will! Your doctor is right, - when my son had cradle cap, I washed his hair gently every day during his bath - he liked the gentle massage on his head and it seemed to help with the itching... it will pass!

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V.D.

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I wonder if you could be over washing your baby's hair? That could be the cause. You have received a lot of good advice for treatment but then you should look at prevention. I used to wash my first daughter's all the time with Johnson's which is actually pretty harsh. I remember dealing with cradle cap with her. My second baby, I haven't had to deal with it this time as I use an organic shampoo called MOP, modern organic products and I wash her hair every other day. Hope this helps in the future. Also, I just referenced my Dr Sears Baby Book and it says that too vigourous and too frequent hair washing will only dry out the scalp and make it worse. And he also says to use a mild shampoo.

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T.V.

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try a little olive oil, very lightly massage it in and then shampoo off, also use a soft toothbrush to loosen flakes

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S.H.

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put oil on her head before you give her a bath... but not to much... my baby had the same thing too.. i know how you feel.. don't get frustrated.. it eventually goes away.. my daughter had excema too at the same time .. and her pediatrician said the same thing too :-)

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E.C.

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Hi K.,
I used baby oil. After bathing the baby and washing her hair, and combing out the flakes as well as you can, put a little baby oil on her scalp in the flaky area.

Good luck!

E.

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H.W.

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yeah my daughter had that too use baby iol on her scalp not alot just enough to loosen the stuff and comb it out hope that works if not I'll try to think of something else

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M.S.

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Hi K.,

My pediatrician recommended original head and shoulders shampoo at bath time, (a very small amount-a pea size or less)and it worked great for my twins. It also helped with some baby acne they were getting high on the forehead and temples.
Congratulations on your darling one!

M. S.

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S.A.

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I used the calendula first aid cream from California Baby and it helped it go away much faster.

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T.

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K.,

My friend's baby had horrible cradle cap and her baby sitter coated the baby's head with A&D ointment (the brown one, not the white one). She let is sit for a while and washed it out. It cleared up all the cradle cap. It did come back eventually and she did it again. It really, really worked.

:-)T.

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S.T.

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Hi There...
I have a 3 month old with cradle cap too...this is my 3rd child. I have had the same advice from doctors...but with every child i have become more likely to follow a holistic approach or natural remedy...although I am not risky about it.

I have heard that cradle cap can be from a nutrient deficiency...I think Vit C and Omega 3...So I have increased my intake (I am breastfeeding)...though you can research further.

Here is a lotion that was recommended to me...with Borage oil and has been said to be used in the preemie ward at hospitals...the brand is Shikai...it is called: Borage Dry Skin Therapy...it says for 6 months and up...but I have used it. Another suggestion is to use Aloe....although most products with aloe vera have other junk in them that I wouldn't put on an infant...also most 'aloe' products do not actually have 'active aloe' because it takes a certain process to stabablize the healing properties in aloe. I use a product called Emprizone from Mannatech and that has healed the cradle cap in days....I have seen the quickest result from this. My baby had severe cradle cap and the borage lotion didn't seem to make much of an impact...but the Emprizone showed almost immediate results. There may be other products with a good delivery of the healing properties in Aloe..I just don't know more names of other products....I happen to have Emprizone already and tried it.

I would go to whole foods or erewon and talk to someone...

I wouldn't put just any lotion on a baby....there is a new study warning parents about certain ingredients in typical baby lotions...like Johnson and Johnson etc...

I wish you well...

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K.M.

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It is harmless but not so cute right? Anyway, just get one of those really soft brushes that is flat and "massage" it out a little every time you give your baby a bath. Good luck...patience...it will be a distant memory soon!

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C.L.

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Try rubbing her head with baby oil and deflaking her with a baby comb. Her hair will need to be washed after, but it works :) Good Luck!

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L.R.

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Hi K., I am a grandma and also have a 15 yr. old with Autism who had scabs on top of his head. The Doctor gave him some type of cortizone to put on it and I tried it for a week. Not wanting to use it any longer , and happening to read in the Health section of the L A Times about a lady who used Milk of Magnesia and it cleared. Well, it couldn't hurt my son (he has to take enough meds.), and I put it on the spots on his head with a Q-tip. For the first time in years it is gone. I will use it from now on from time to time, to make sure it stays away.
When my adult kids were babies, I used salad oil on it, to keep it soft. It was easier to remove it, but then none had much hair at that time. Hope this helps. L.

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J.J.

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Hi K.. I know what your going through. My son had that when he was a baby. The cradle cap will clear up in time. It's true what the doctor told you. Don't put anything on top of your baby's head. Just carefully remove the flakes after each bath.Good luck with your little one. Your friend J.

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S.K.

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I have a 4-month old with cradle cap, and my pediatrician actually recommended using a very small amount of Head & Shoulders (be careful not to get it in the eyes) and it seems to be working. My first child also had cradle cap and I bought one of those special kits with shampoo/comb/cream but it seemed like it took a long time to work. There is also 'Cradle Cap Care' lotion by Gentle Naturals/Disney baby (wth calendula & vitamins) - it's about $10 for a small 4oz bottle, but it seems pretty mild. I've also heard that olive oil works, but I've never tried that? Good luck!

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A.H.

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My dr. told me to use a little head & shoulders on their head. I did this with both my girls and it worked well. Good Luck!

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V.R.

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Try a little baby oil on the spot after the bath. It worked for my 4 month old grandson.

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P.S.

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Put some olive oil on her head 10-15 minutes before her bath. Use the comb to lift off the flakes slowly and gently. Then wash of with her regular baby shampoo. It may take a few night/baths to get the vast majority out, but it works.

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S.P.

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Hi K.,

I have had success with a soft baby brush and baby oil. Apply a little baby oil to the cradle cap and then take a soft baby hair brush and using a circular motion scrub the area.
Hope this helps!

S. P.

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Y.K.

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K., yes, I'd listen to your doc. Cradle cap may be annoying, but please don't go crazy! There are so many bigger things to deal with when it comes to babies! Cradle cap is nothing!
Just use a little soapy water or a dab of non-additive oil to soften it and comb it out.

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J.B.

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My pediatrician recommended we wash our 2 month old's "hair" with Phisoderm. You can get it at the drug store or grocery store. The doctor said to lather it up and put it in his hair at the beginning of the bath and use it as a scalp treatment, then rinse it off at the end of the bath. I was always very careful not to get it in his eyes. Doctor recommended 2-3 times / week and in less than 2 weeks that crusty cradle cap was gone!

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J.S.

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My baby had cradle cap when he was about 3 months old as well. I didn't want to use anything harsh like Selsun Blue or Head & Shoulders and I would suggest that you try something more mild first. Every night during his bath I would make his hair damp and then put a little bit of baby oil in his hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I would take a baby comb and gently comb the scalp, which will start to lift the scales. Then I would wash the hair to get all the oil out. Gradually the scales will lift and the cradle cap will go away. It worked like a charm! I've read they can have problems with it for a few years but it hasn't come back for him. Please try that first before you try any harsher chemicals. If that doesn't work then try the stuff that is less gentle. Good luck!

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A.D.

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Aloha K.!

Use the Nutrogena T-Gel (or generic brand) 1-2x at bath time and a fine tooth comb to help. It is a little strong, so keep it out of baby's eyes. After combing, Hydrocortisone 1% is good for it too! My sitter used it for my baby girl at that age and Hydrocortisone 1% was recommended by my pediatrician for aid. Hope it helps.....let me know!:)

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J.F.

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Mineral oil worked great for. Just apply it in the bath and rinse. Worked well with me.

Mommy of 2

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M.M.

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Cradle cap is natural and very common. When my boys had it I was told by a hairsylist to stop using baby shampoos because they are very drying. I switched to Dove (only because it's very gentle) and also started using conditioner. Seemed to do the trick.