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Cradle Cap in Older Kids

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Cradle Cap Isn't Only For Infants

My sons were both blessed with full heads of hair when born. Within a week, both then developed cradle cap. My older son's was easily treated with a little olive oil and a baby toothbrush. My younger son's was a bit more persistent, becoming infected with his scratching and eventually requiring a topical antibiotic to rid his scalp of the itchy scales.

Fast-forward 15 months, and I recently noticed that my younger tot has been scratching his head a lot lately. A quick search of his scalp revealed the same yellowish flakes he had when he was born. His cradle cap was back. While some doctors believe that the condition's presence in older children is related to dandruff, repeating our oil and soft toothbrush routine cleared it up within days. I only wish I had known that the condition could occur long after a lil one has graduated from the cradle.

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schnappycat schnappycat 5 years
My son, who is 3, still has flareups of cradle cap on occasion. He had it terribly as an infant and nothing helped him. It eventually lessened over time. I asked around recently and some people have had success with tea tree oil shampoos, so we are now using that. It seems better now, but we'll see if it returns. So far, my daughter hasn't developed it. I hope she doesn't!
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