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Babies Encyclopedia: What is the best thing for cradle cap?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 11:34 AM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Apply lotion to the baby's head as often as possible to keep it moist as cradle cap is due to dried skin flakes and dry scalp. Before bathtime apply a good amount and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then as you are bathing the baby take a baby hairbrush and softly make circles in their hair to loosen the cradle cap. After bathtime apply lotion again. Make sure that you do not rub too often and create a sore spot on the baby's head.
    After time the cradle cap will go away as the natural oils in the baby's skin start to come out.

    Answer by Memigen at 11:38 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Head and Shoulders shampoo. Apply to baby's head and let it set for about 2 minutes. When you rinse there head make sure there is no shampoo left on their head. Then take a soft hairbrush and brush the hair in the opposite direction and the cradle cap should come off . If there is still some left wait about 2 days and reapply the shampoo.

    Answer by kamore at 11:45 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • I found that with my son olive oil worked best!(I always have some in the kitchen) I would massage a little in and then after it had sat there for about 5 min or so I would lightly scrape the dry skin off with one of those VERY soft newborn hairbrushes(feeding/nursing time was the best for me) After about 3 days his head was clear and I continued to put the olive oil on his head for another 2 weeks. Not that he does not have great genes and all but he now has very thick, curly hair that grows super quick, maybe from all the great olive oil when he was just a few days old!


    Answer by catseye333 at 11:47 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • i used eurcerin lotion it worked really well you rub it in and then scrub it out with a baby brush

    Answer by eliesmommy1989 at 11:49 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Olive oil on the baby's scalp and a damp washcloth to rub it in. Then use a soft brush to get any flakes out.

    Answer by ballewal at 11:50 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Extra virgin olive oil massaged onto the scalp, or any area of dry or flaky skin is helpful. Olive oil is very emollient, and will penetrate deeply into the skin, even entering the system to improve overall skin condition.

    Answer by BluDog at 11:51 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Olive Oil works very well. Just put a little on about an hour before bathtime. Put it on the affected area. Wait 10 to 15 minutes. Then use a baby comb to gently loosen the dry skin. After a few times of doing this, the cradle cap should be gone. It's natural and safe using olive oil.

    Answer by amberdawnbarr at 11:51 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Cradle cap is also known as Seborrhoea, This is very common in infant babies. The most common place for infants to get cradle cap is on the scalp but it also can be found in the the body.If there is a little amount of cradle cap you could try to use a soft brush but it there is more than a tiny area there are other options.Baby oil is common and works well. I have also known people to use vaseline

    Answer by Brittney20 at 11:53 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • I have been told by my pediatricians to use either olive oil or baby oil use, apply it to baby's scalp massage and brush out with a soft brush or infant comb, then shampoo like normal. For older kids, use the head and shoulders no more than 2 times a week because the chemical in the head and shoulder and other dandruff shampoos can burn your child's scalp so best not to use on anyone younger than a year at least. The reason the oils work well is because it is breaking down the oil and skin mixture that IS cradle cap. Most kids grow out of it, but ones with a family history of psoriasis or eczema have a harder time getting rid of it.

    Answer by HTMommy at 12:05 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

    Before your baby's bath, wrap him/her in a towel and place in a bouncy seat or another adult's lap. Slowly drizzle about 1/4 cup of plain olive oil onto the scalp, being sure to avoid drips. With the pads of your fingertips, gently massage the oil into the skin. Cover the entire scalp, crusty spots as well as the unaffected skin. Let the oil soak in for at least 15 minutes.

    Use a baby comb with rounded tines to gently comb off the cradle cap. Slip the tines under the edge of a patch of crust, and use the comb as a lever to pry it up. Most patches will release from the baby's scalp with very little pressure. If some patches don't peel off, however, do not force it. Some areasnwill need 2 or 3 treatments. Comb through the rest of your baby's hair and scalp to loosen as much of the crust as possible.

    See second post it finishes this post.

    Answer by MTM at 12:13 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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