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Cradle Cap

  1. Nikki D. Felder profile image76
    Nikki D. Felderposted 7 years ago

    Yesterday I wrote a hub with two simple suggestions to rid Cradle Cap.  I'd like to know how you other mothers combated this rotten flaky nuisance?

    1. waynet profile image74
      waynetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'd stop using the cradle as a cap for starters!

      1. Nikki D. Felder profile image76
        Nikki D. Felderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You're being facetious right?  Thanks

    2. annieloulaurel profile image59
      annieloulaurelposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      Hope this helps.

  2. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 7 years ago

    I used to put a splash of baby oil in the bath and soak her head for five minutes. Then it would soften and come off easily.

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      robbinsnestposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with the baby oil and a comb to help get it loose. Then just wash the hair to get the baby oil out.

      1. ChristinaScibona profile image77
        ChristinaScibonaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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...

    2. Nikki D. Felder profile image76
      Nikki D. Felderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, this is what my pediatrician prescribed.  I was too hardheaded to listen.  I didn't want to remove the hair along with it...  Thanks!

  3. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    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.

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    Amie Warrenposted 7 years ago

    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.

  5. christinafletcher profile image57
    christinafletcherposted 7 years ago

    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.

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      Amie Warrenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hemp, huh? I bet that's one happy baby! LOL

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    WildIrisposted 7 years ago

    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.

  7. ddsurfsca profile image75
    ddsurfscaposted 7 years ago

    I washed it in the bath with baby shampoo, and then after the bath combed baby oil into it and it comes off very easily and didn't come back, after a couple treatments.

  8. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    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.

  9. Lily Rose profile image86
    Lily Roseposted 7 years ago

    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.

  10. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    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.

  11. Julie2 profile image60
    Julie2posted 7 years ago

    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.