My pediatrician says, cradle cap is a hormonally triggered condition affecting infants. It is caused by over production of sebum, which can be very frustrating to look at. However since it resolves on its own, the most that you can do is to apply a drop of baby oil using a cotton to at least remove the flakes.
I didn't even use oil. I would give him a bath, wash his hair and then after the bath use a comb, going against the flakes. It took a bit and he hated it...but it worked like a charm! I am interested if there are other ways to get rid of it...
Mineral oil worked better than baby oil for us. I would massage his head with it, and like Christina, comb against the flakes & then wash his hair. I also used Paul Mitchel baby shampoo/body wash which worked like a charm.
Coconut oil works like a dream! It comes off, and after a couple of applications, doesn't come back. Remembe that mineral oil, the main ingedient in baby oil, is a petroleum byproduct. Coconut oil is all natural.
I actually found out that cradle cap can be conquered internally rather than externally. Cradle cap is a result of low EFAS and i found that if i was eatting any Hemp products, such as the hemp seeds, hemp butter or hemp oil, my son's cradle cap cleared up within a day after I started. The minute I stopped, it was back, but as soon as I started eatting it again, and he was getting the benefits from breastfeeding, it was gone again. I don't know about rubbing it topically on the scalp if you are baby feeding your baby. worth a try i guess, or introduce a small amount into baby food when he starts on solids.
All my kids had cradle cap. It is a fungus. Like others, I washed the baby's head and scraped at the stuff with my finger nail or comb. It took some time for it to be gone completely, but we did eventually get ride of it.
I just combed my son's hair with a fine-tooth comb after a warm bath, and it came off easily. He didn't even mind it one bit. I was a bit leery about using any oils because I have extremely sensitive skin, and I didn't want to find out the hard way that my son had inherited the same sensitivities -- turned out I didn't even need them.
I used olive oil (recommended by my pediatrician) and it worked great - just rubbed some on the scaly area and used a comb and fingernail to get most of it off, then bath. After a couple of time doing that it was gone.
My first baby got cradle cap after he started eating solid foods. I discovered that if I made sure he was getting no foods with gluten, yeast, sugars or cheeses - it went away. Also if you are nursing, watch your own diet in the same way - no foods that have fungus like cheeses, wine etc. But I did treat it with olive oil and a comb the way you described. I didn't use the baby oil that has mineral oil - instead I made oil with olive and sesame oils and it was much better for my babies' skin - also massaged them with it after a bath and they loved that. I think it is similar to the skin rashes we get later in life when our skin starts to dry up some and we are eating the wrong foods - and again it can be changed with diet. A baby's skin oil glands take awhile to adjust and make their own oil, so they need lots of natural vegetable based oils - not mineral oil, which has the effect of drying the skin.
I tried Extra Virgen Olive Oil, I warmed it a bit and used it. It was the best. It not only helped with removing the dry skin from the babies head it also made the hair smooth. This is also good for adults, a moisturizing treatment once a week.