Seeking Ideas on How to Treat Dry Scalp on 3 Month Old

Updated on January 24, 2009
S.O. asks from Lincoln, NE
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I finally have the cradle cap under control w/my son by soaking J&J baby oil on his head prior to washing his hair using cradle cap shampoo (green bottle w/Disney characters on it, don't remember name right now). But now he has a dry scalp and for a couple of days I've used evening primrose oil in combo w/Tri-Derm. Then for 1 day, I used Selsun blue. So I'm on day 3...maybe, I need to be more patient and wait for results after a week? Plus he's losing his hair - is this because his scalp is so dry? The skin on the rest of his body is dry too, but I've been using Aquaphor and that seems to help a bit. So overall, he is my little "grease ball." Poor guy gets lotioned/oiled from head to toe. Any advise, recommendations? ~~ I have sensitive dry skin myself, and in the winter I feel like I need to bathe in a vat of oil to keep my skin moist sometimes.

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I wanted to wait a while to make sure the things I've tried had time to work. I'm currently using a combination of things on top of what my doctor advised. She had me use Neutrogena T-gel every 3rd day, then upped it to every other day. On top of this I use coconut oil (face and scalp) and jojoba oil (scalp only). I didn't realize this, but he still has cradle cap - just wasn't as crusty, but it's still there. It's almost gone, slowly. Thank you for the advice, I really appreciate it!

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D.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

I highly recommend using Arbonne's baby line products! ABC (Arbonne Baby Care) It has done wonders for MANY babies and children with this and similar issues! Arbonne does not contain: mineral oil, parabens, aluminum or any other harmful chemicals that J&J, Paul Mitchell, Melaleuca and others use! Do try it! It's wonderful! Arbonne's products are great for people big and small that have sensitive skin!

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A.J.

answers from Des Moines on

By far the best product that I found was Paul Mitchell's Baby Don't Cry shampoo. It works amazing and should clear his head up very quick. I used it on my son and his head was clear in 2 days. This is a professional shampoo but, it does not cost very much and works wonderfully. Good Luck.

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W.V.

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My children both have very dry skin and I have eczema, so we are always fighting rashes and dry skin. We use Arbonne and they have a baby formula called ABC Baby it has a wash for the cradle cap, a lotion for the dry skin and a conditioning oil for very dry chapped areas. Let me know if you would like more info on this. Good luck!! Also, mineral oil is not good for your babys skin and so please watch the igredients of products for this.

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S.H.

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Hi S.,
Stay away from any dandruff shampoo that will irritate more. People I know have had good luck with Melaleuca products such as the children's Koala Pals shampoo and diluted Melaleuca oil. It's been a long time, my son is 14.
Blessings,
S.
PS: Also the Renew Intensive Skin therapy lotion that out performs Eucerin is great for dry skin.

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M.

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Hi I am stylist for over 20 years and I currently work in a kid's only salon. My advice to you is to stop putting more oil or oily products on your son's scalp. Cradle cap normally is an oily residue that sits on the scalp. The best product by far is Paul Mitchell's Baby Don't Cry Shampoo. It is a professional product, but it is very cost effective comparatively. He may be losing his hair because his oil glands are all blocked up. I would pick up some of this shampoo, and after his scalp settles down, also try using a fine tooth comb to gently scrape any left over residue on his scalp off....It's kind of gross, but you have to get it off:) Good luck! M.

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L.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

I use a combination of baby oil and aveeno lotion mixed together. I massage it inti the scalp, leave on a few minutes and use a baby brush to agitate, i then wash with aveeno baby shampoo. I do this 1-3 times in a row for a few days. Usually work after 2 days. I have 3 kids and have used this everytime, it has never failed.

L., RN, breastfeeding, co sleeping mama of 2 boys (6)(8) and 1 girl (3mos)

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T.H.

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Try greasing him up with olive oil. It absorbs into the skin better than any other.

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B.H.

answers from St. Cloud on

I would honestly try using something more natural - nothing with parabens or SLS in it. My son had the same problem and when we changed products to an all natural line, his dry scalp and dry skin went away. I had even gone so far as to try Melaleuca - which everyone raved about as wonderful for overdry skin and scalps. This did not work for my son because of the SLS and parabens in it - he just seems to be even more sensitive to it. Burts Bees has a wonderful and natural baby line out (thats what I use for his skin and shampoo - the baby shampoo, baby body lotion, and apricot oil - no mineral oil in it :o)) and also Deep Steep makes a really nice natural lotion. Feel free to email me if you want some other [email protected]____.com

Good Luck! B.

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C.K.

answers from Minneapolis on

Babies just lose their hair--I don't think there's any connection between that a dry scalp. When my son lost his hair we said he was "shedding his newborn hair".

I would also try olive oil, or even pure shea or cocoa butter. (You can buy chunks of pure shea and cocoa butter at the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, and online.)

I've heard that "baby oil" and other "body oils" only put a film on top of the skin to make it seem not dry anymore--they really don't get to the root of the hydration problem.

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D.P.

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I never had the dry scalp issue but we had cradle cap and just got rid of it with Aveeno baby wash and mild scrubbing. He had a full head if hair when he was born and I was told he would lose his baby hair eventually, which he did. Of course he now has a full head of hair again so I doubt the hair loss is due to the dry scalp. It sounds like you are doing the right thing but I would be a little cautious of using anything too harsh that is made for adults like the Selson blue and stick to products made for baby. Just my thoughts.

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C.D.

answers from La Crosse on

I do wonder if for this little guy more than once a week is too often to wash his hair. If you are going to wash his hair, do something new and use non-conventional soaps such as liquid Dr. Bronner's hemp oil-based soap for babies or the Kiss My Face brand of soap and shampoos. I think all you need to do is get yourself to a health food store or a food co-op for some healthier alternatives. You can always schmear a teaspoon of olive oil on his head and leave it there for a day before you gently wash his hair. Good luck, hope this helped.

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N.W.

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I would stay away from the J&J baby oil--it's pure mineral oil that just sits on the skin and actually pulls the moisture out of the skin. And I agree with the others who say try washing less often.

I don't know if you are familiar with Arbonne, but their ABC baby line is GREAT! My whole family uses the conditioning products in the winter on our dry skin and my kids use the full line of products year round. Let me know if you'd like any more info on it.

Best of luck-
N.

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M.W.

answers from St. Cloud on

We used ORGANIC COCONUT OIL on our son. He had a little bit of cradle cap and then some dry skin. It worked GREAT! And 1 jar (about $6) lasts a LONG TIME!

Plus I know it wouldn't hurt him if he injested any and our bodies absorb what is put on our skin so I didn't want to put any chemicals or other products on him. This was a safe alternative and our all-natural doc recomended it!

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J.L.

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Jojoba oil--you can get it at your local health food store and it is the closest thing to the natural oils produced by our skin. I had the same problem with my baby and would apply it to his scalp at bedtime. By morning it had fully absorbed and he didn't have that "greasy" look that other products leave behind. You might also want to try easing up on the soap products that you're using--I've had good results with using Aveeno oatmeal bath instead, especially in the winter when skin gets so dry.

Good luck!
J.

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D.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi,

I'm there right now. My 7 month old has cradle cap and eczema. I've been using the same shampoo you are (can't remember the name either, lol) with a lotion called vanicream. Vanicream is free of dyes and perfumes, so it works well with my son's sensitive skin. You can get vanicream from the pharmacy without a prescription. Walgreens and Cobourns both carry it. I apply vanicream twice a day to his entire body, and my daycare provider puts it on his face and scalp before his afternoon nap. This has been working pretty well for us, but consistency is very key. Good luck!

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B.

answers from Minneapolis on

S., my daughter had terribly dry skin. I used to put pure almond oil (health store) on her scalp and then brush and brush and brush! That really helped. Also, I was told by the doctor to try not washing her hear every day, but rather every other day. That also helped. Good Luck.

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J.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

I always try work under the assumption that less is more. I would be careful what types of products I would put on my baby, especially one so young. Many of those products are loaded with chemicals that I wouldn't even use on myself. I would just bath him less and stick to one lotion or oil that had the least amount of ingredients in it that wont clog his pores. One more recommendation is that if you are breastfeeding, try eating more essential fatty acids such as, avocados, leafy greens and fish. This will be great for your skin and your baby gets the benefits as well. Good luck

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