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Kiddie Wellness: Cradle Cap

Cradle cap isn't just for infants. The crusting on a babe's head that is caused by buildup of skin oils and cells can also be found on older children. And, while you wash and comb your wee one's hair repeatedly, it may do lil to remove the flakes.

Long hair not only disguises the harmless condition, but makes it it harder to remove. If you are looking to rid your youngster's scalp of the scales, try massaging it with a natural oil or cream prior to washing her hair or building up a soapy lather with a soft mit or toothbrush and shampoo. If your tot has long tresses, a nitpicking comb might also do the trick.

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macgirl macgirl 8 years
When my mother in law got my husband from the hospital at 3 weeks of age (he's adopted) he had a bad case of cradle cap and she was so furious as she thought he had been neglected and not bathed. ;-) I was prepared for this with the new baby but he never got it (the first one had it pretty bad for the first year).
Greggie Greggie 8 years
We've done Head and Shoulders with my son, but only when he was older. First you put on some olive oil, let it soak for about ten minutes, then follow it with H&S which also sits for a few minutes.
rgrl rgrl 8 years
My son had it. I heard using Head and Shoulders shampoo helps, but I couldn't bring myself to use that on a baby. So I tried anything from olive oil, to a cradle cap solution by Johnson and Johnson. I think it just went away on its own.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
My DD had it so badly that she had to use an Adult's Psoriasis (hope I spelled that correctly) shampoo.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
My 5-year-old still has it and it's sooo hard to maintain. We do stuff like this, but it only solves it momentarily, it doesn't keep it under control. Not even if I use it every washing.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
HA rallyre! our lil guy had it... we used the weleda calendula baby oil... and a lil toothbrush... worked wonders.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I had this when I was an older child and it was SO creepy and gross. Wish I had these tips then!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
Hee Hee Hee. I always thought it was called "Cradle Crap".
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