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Default  Posted: 9:31 PM, June 24th (Monday)

I've been so stressed out on this issue. No joke. Our dd has cradle cap and has had it since she was 3 months old. For the life of me, I can not get rid of it. Her pedi said to brush her hair and it will go away but that's not working. If I LIGHTLY run my nail across it (I assure you I'm not hurting her) it will come off. She has so much of it and I am at a loss here.

Her hair is starting to finally grow in but she has reddish blond hair so you can still see it. Any one have any ideas on how to get rid of it? It is driving me crazy!

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Default  Posted: 9:35 PM, June 24th (Monday)

My dd had it too. Olive oil on her scalp overnight, then shampoo with dandruff shampoo. My Pediatrician recommended head and shoulders, but i used an organic brand i found at whole foods. Worked like a charm.

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Default  Posted: 9:35 PM, June 24th (Monday)

What I did back in the day was baby oil their head, let it sit for a bit, brush the cradle cap out.

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Default  Posted: 9:36 PM, June 24th (Monday)

What I did back in the day was baby oil their head, let it sit for a bit, brush the cradle cap out.

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Default  Posted: 9:40 PM, June 24th (Monday)

You guys are great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Loves-our dd is 15 months old and I was wondering if h&s will burn her eyes? She is still at that stage where she HATES water on her hair.

I don't have baby oil itself but I have baby oil gel. Will that suffice?

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Default  Posted: 9:40 PM, June 24th (Monday)

Baby oil to soften and ex picked it all off. Used dandruff shampoo as follow up. He still would get patches when he was older.

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Default  Posted: 10:16 PM, June 24th (Monday)

Baby oil is exactly what my mom said she used!

Incidentally.. I apparently had it bad as a baby and still to this day have scalp psoriasis that I have to use a special shampoo for. I suppose they are probably related but I've never looked into it.

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Default  Posted: 10:26 PM, June 24th (Monday)

I brushed her scalp gently with a really soft natural bristle brush after loosening it a bit with oil. It finally went away by itself, but i dint remember when. I tried not to pick at it too much - cause I'm kinda keen on picking at things!

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Default  Posted: 10:30 PM, June 24th (Monday)

A couple of my boys had it bad. I used baby oil and picked it off mostly. H&S makes it stick down to the head so it's just less visible IMO. My ped said to use neutrogena t-gel but honestly I didn't see a big inprovement with that. I used a soft baby brush when I washed their hair to loosen it off and one of those cheap black combs after their bath to lift it off.

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Default  Posted: 2:19 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Baby oil & gentle picking. Only one of my three had cradle cap. When I finally did the baby oil & picking it went away quickly & never came back.

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Default  Posted: 8:50 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Our pediatrician recommended Aquaphor, which I found worked better than baby oil, which we also followed up with organic dandruff shampoo.

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Default  Posted: 9:44 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Olive oil user here. massage it on, leave it overnight, and wash with baby shampoo in the am. May take a few tries to get rid of it, if its bad.

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Default  Posted: 9:52 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Raises hand for the baby oil and brush combo. We weren't to keen on putting the shampoo with chemicals on the babies head. It was the first baby so just about everything on the planet was considered toxic to the little one in our minds.

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Default  Posted: 10:26 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

When one of my three had it, I didn't realize the key to really get rid of it, was to pick it all off, well, the big chunks of it that is, and I can remember that first huge flake..."omigod the baby's skin is coming off!". When I adhered to the advice of putting oil on it and washing, it seemed to do nothing but make it worse. The oil helps soften it so you can pick it off. I would pick it, after it's softened, unless the skin is raw, and then wash.

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Default  Posted: 10:38 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

another one for olive oil. DS18 had it bad. My ex MIL told us about the olive oil. Rubbed it on his head, let him sleep, then brushed it off. It was a process but it didn't take that long.

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Default  Posted: 10:54 AM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Make a little paste with water and baking soda. Just let it sit for a minute and then shampoo out. All gone. No picking or brushing.

Feeling like I will never know the truth. Wondering if I can live without it or will it eat me up in the end?

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Default  Posted: 1:12 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

My ds had it.

Pediatrician said to rub some baby oil on the scalp and let it sit for a little while, then to use a very soft bristle toothbrush to move in gentle circles on the patches. Unless I'm mistaken, the doctor also recommended using a small amount of Neutrogena TGel shampoo when washing, along with the baby oil/toothbrush regimen. Idk if it burns eyes but I'd be super careful if you try this.

I tried the gentle picking, but his scalp seemed to bleed so I stopped. The above method did the trick.

I thought we'd NEVER get rid of it.

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Default  Posted: 1:17 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

T-Gel byt Neutrogenia is good for stubborn cradle cap/dandruff but it's very strong and yes, it will burn the eyes... I know, I use it occasionally.

I would be very very careful using it on a baby.

DS didn't have cradle cap, but he has a nasty patch of dandruff that only responds to T-Gel... but he's 11.5 now, so I can trust him to keep it out of his own eyes.

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Default  Posted: 1:21 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

jrc: I figured it would. But I remember the pedi said to give it a shot because it was such a stubborn case. So I thought I'd suggest it.

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Default  Posted: 3:26 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Are you breastfeeding? Put breastmilk on it, allow it to dry overnight and shampoo it off, then brush.
Also in the olive oil camp. Both work. Good luck!

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Default  Posted: 4:19 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

I love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our dd has come to a phase where I shampoo her hair and she tucks her chin down and says no. I feel so awful doing it. I just want it gone. It seems to keep getting worse. Her pedi is old school and said just brush it. I told him I did and still there. He said keep brushing.

She still has her little soft spot so rubbing a little harder in those areas freak me out.

Thank you to each and every one of you for the advice. I'm going to try the oil first and see how it goes

I'll let you know!

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Default  Posted: 4:25 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

The Little Remedies brand made one that worked like a CHARM for DD, and she had a ton of flaky waxy cradle cap when she was little.

It even smells really nice. White bottle, green label. I got mine at Walgreens.

Olive oil worked for a lot of my friends but not on DD's scalp so I was glad to find this stuff.

GL and keep us posted!

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Default  Posted: 8:31 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

Good luck!! I hope it works for your dd.

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Content  Posted: 11:14 PM, June 25th (Tuesday)

My son suffered with it too when he was Dr said "he needs a popcorn treatment"......warm/melt butter rub it into the scalp followed by salt.....(the salt gently lifts the flakes off after the butter softens them) Shampoo the hair as usual afterwards...
Sounds wierd, but it worked!!!
I wonder if a "sugar scrub" or "salt scrub" body wash would do the same would think so.....HUGS

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Default  Posted: 11:04 AM, June 26th (Wednesday)

What are the ages of the kids you are all talking about?

DS is about to turn three. About three weeks ago I noticed a patch on the top of his head, flaky skin. Hadn't noticed it before. He always had a patch that was a bit red but nothing like this. Most Of it came off in the bath when we washed his hair. I stopped using shampoo every day on him because his skin is so sensitive that he would break out in a rash.

I thought maybe he had gotten sun burned but my mother said it was cradle cap. I just don't get it. All this time with just a red spot, then it suddenly got all flaky.

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Default  Posted: 11:53 AM, June 26th (Wednesday)

Castor Oil is good too. And a little Apple Cider vinegar, heavily diluted after you wash it out. Keeps it at bay for a while, and is helpful with adult psorisis as well.

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Default  Posted: 5:15 PM, June 26th (Wednesday)

baby oil and a baby comb
I got 5 kids it works

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