You can use olive oil or baby oil and rub it onto the affected areas and comb gently over the scalp with a fine tooth comb. For Cradle Cap that extends down the neck and/or onto the forehead, you can rub it with a terry cloth washcloth. I then apply soap overtop of the oil and let it sit for a minute before putting my son into the bath tub to cut through the oil, making it easier to clean (and less likely for my son to have left-over oil in later lol).
I repeated this every 3-4 days and inbetween days, I would put lotion onto his forehead and neck and just brush his hair with a fine-tooth comb to remove flakes. Most infant books, such as What to Expect the First Year, warn against doing bathing/combing/oil treatments days in a row. The excess bathing can cause the skin to become dryer and the excess combing can actually over stimulate the oil glands causing more of a mess with the baby's skin.
at 4:13 PM on Mar. 12, 2009