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One Sure Cure For Cradle Cap

My two older kids never really got cradle cap, but my little guy had it for a couple of weeks after he came home from the hospital. Hesitant to scrap the scales off of his scalp, particularly his soft spot, I waited to see if it would clear on its own. Since he has blond hair, it wasn't terribly noticeable, but eventually tiny flakes settled in his eyebrows, irritating his eyes.

To solve the problem, I took a super fine-tooth comb and massaged his head with a quarter-size dollop of Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Treament ($7). The oily lotion works wonders. I ran the comb through his hair in a back and forth motion, which pulled the flakes out without irritating his lil head, and took time to rinse the comb in between. After five minutes and a final sudsy shampoo and rinse, my guy was cradle cap free, and it never came back.

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welly welly 7 years
i have a similar story to prsugar--went the olive oil/shampoo route but it got worse and spread. tried california baby tea tree oil + lavender shampoo which made it even worse (red + irritated). my husband researched online and found that a baking soda paste would help. i would mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with warm water, apply the paste with my fingers and put a warm, damp towel on his head for about 5-10 minutes (rewarming the towel if necessary), then rinsed off and dried gently. i gave him this treatment diligently every day (for about 2 months), accompanied by shampooing once a week with a ketoconazole shampoo. it has taken a long time to remedy, but it has almost completely cleared up.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 7 years
We used baby oil and combed her scalp and washed it out. It worked after a few times.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 7 years
We went the olive oil/shampoo route with baby #2 and when it didn't work, we ended up with infected cradle cap (not a pretty picture). After applying antibiotic ointment and dousing his head with mineral oil twice a day, we were finally able to clear it up. The doctor also recommended using a baby toothbrush to get flakes off the scalp. We are now using Mustela's cradle cap wash and it seems to be working.
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