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03-07-2008, 12:22 PM
My two month old has cradlecap. It started on his forehead and keeps spreading. His doctor said to put lotion on it everyday, but the lotion isn't really helping. Any advice?
03-07-2008, 03:27 PM
My baby had cradle cap. I just put some baby oil on his scalp before bath and rubbed it into dry area with a rough wash cloth. I then washed it well with baby shampoo and a washcloth again in the bath. I did this for two or three days in a row and it's all gone. When it comes back, I just have to do the same thing once or twice and it goes away. I probably wouldn't put the baby oil too near baby's eyes or on the skin in general.
My sister says that you can also use cetaphil soap instead of regular baby soap and it will go away.
03-21-2008, 05:07 PM
my son also had cradlecap and to get rid of it,I layed him on his back and put a towel(old one)under his head and poured baby oil directly on his head ,then rubbed it in (giving a few minutes to let it soak in)and used a fine tooth comb,to comb out the chunks of grossness,It made his head kinda oily the first night even after washing but All the cradlecap was gone within the first 2 days of doing this.
06-18-2008, 12:01 PM
Have you ever considered Vasoline or Aquaphor? My son had terrible cradle cap and oil just didn't do the trick.. his cc was thick scales and the oil was rubbed off before it was all softened. I used Aquaphor and let it sit for about 30 mins and then gave him a bath. It came off so easily. After his bath however, his cradle cap had been so thick that the skin underneath was raw and red (looked like sunburn), I would rub another thin coat of Aquaphor on that and would put him to bed and by the time he woke up his head was good as new. I went through this cycle 3 times a week, it was grueling. That was what worked best for me.
08-18-2008, 05:35 PM
My DD had cradle cap. My pediatrician instructed me to use Selsen Blue.
I had to do this seperate from her bath, and had to be very, very careful not to
get it in her eyes. The cradle cap was gone within a week. I then used it 1x per week, just to keep things at bay. I did this until she was about 8 months old.
08-18-2008, 05:48 PM
They sell cradle cap relief shampoo at babies r us. i have twins and when they were babies they had cradle cap. I used the shampoo and poof it was gone. I have to say I was surprised when lena241 said the doctor said to use selsen blue.... i was like "REALLY?" wow! but hey if it worked then it worked. but the cradle cap shampoo wasn't expensive at all, and it is like baby shampoo so you don't have to worry too much if it gets in their eyes... I preferred not to, just in case! but they were fine.
08-19-2008, 04:29 PM
I put vaseline on my son's head before his bath, wash him, and then wash the vaseline out. Every couple of baths when I get ready to wash the vaseline out I put the shampoo on his brush and use it to gently scrub his head. It gets out the vaseline and the scales and is gentle on his head.
08-20-2008, 12:25 PM
We put baby oil on their heads before bed, then in the morning, combed the scales out. It worked pretty well. My Dr. also recommended T-Gel.
09-02-2008, 02:47 PM
We used Cetaphil lotion, and later just used his brush to get rid of the flecks. Our pediatrician also suggested we use a little bit of Selsun Blue twice a week. After a week, it was totally gone. (We got the version of Selsun Blue for sensitive scalps, mainly because I was concerned about the chemical effect)
09-13-2008, 12:52 AM
I put baby oil on her head and let it sit, and then I thought of using those baby brushes with the soft bristles to scrub them off in the tub. I liked it because I didn't have to put any pressure on it to make them come off, just very lightly rubbed it on her head. They came right off.
01-13-2009, 12:11 PM
My baby boy had cradle cap when he was two months old. I tried the baby oil route but it didn't seem to work on only left my baby's head greasy. I ran a Google search and found a shampoo that was supposed to work wonders. It is Mustella newborn foaming shampoo. I bought it and it was amazing. It cleared his cradle cap up in three days and left his hair nice and clean and sweet smelling. I just love the stuff. It was a little pricey about $10 for a bottle...but so worth it...we still have it and its been about three months...and we aren't even close to using it up.
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