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3 1/2 and still has cradle cap.....help and advice please

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lancashirewife Mon 01-Aug-11 09:44:21

I'm beginning to think i should take DS to the dr.

As a baby i always used dentinox and assumed it would clear up on its own. DS is now 3 1/2 and still has cradle cap on his head. You can't see it as he has quite thick hair. And isn't keen on having his hair washed so we only do it twice a week. Even on holiday when he's had it washed every night for 2 weeks, there was no change.

I recently tried cocunut oil rubbed in first but no change either.

If i try and tease the clumps out of his hair his hair comes out too shock

I don't know what to try next. I'm not keen at all on potent chemical products and would much rather something more natural or organic i could use. But really would just love to get rid of it.

Or does it not matter as it's not bothering him???

faverolles Mon 01-Aug-11 15:59:06

Dd had cradle cap til she was about 6. Then it gradually disappeared.
I wouldn't worry about it.

ajandjjmum Mon 01-Aug-11 16:02:00

DD had cradle cap until she was at school. The only thing that lifted it was plastering her in vaseline at night, and then washing her hair in the morning. made a right mess of the bed linen though! grin

lancashirewife Mon 01-Aug-11 18:09:00

Thank you...think i'll chill out about it and hope it goes eventually. He's not bothered about it ...

said Mon 01-Aug-11 18:11:29

Mine both had it until started school. only thing that worked (and worked instantly and permanently) was Head and Shoulders

Dd and her cousin who are also both 3 and a 1/2 still have it too, hoping it will bugger off eventually.

Yama Mon 01-Aug-11 18:14:18

Epiderm was the only thing that worked on dd's hair. First application as well. Didn't know what to do with the rest of the tub.

Yama Mon 01-Aug-11 18:14:42

When I say hair I mean head obviously.

Yama Mon 01-Aug-11 18:15:31

Although big clumps of hair used to come out with the lumps of skin.

schroeder Mon 01-Aug-11 18:22:00

dd 9 still has it, but ds 13 has finally grown out of it I think. (his hair is a bit of a mop grin)

Don't worry too much, some things do seem to help, but nothing gets rid permanently IME.

Shampoos that help are vosene or Boots flakey scalp shampoo.

Physically removing it is the best way; apply something oily (baby oil/olive oil/oilatum bath oil/snake oil from Lush) leave it on overnight or a couple of hours at least and then comb through with a nit comb. It's really satisfyingly disgusting. grin

Bonsoir Mon 01-Aug-11 18:32:20

If you want to get rid of cradle cap, you need to soak the scalp in baby oil overnight - you part the hair right through the head and rub the baby oil in. Then get your child to sleep on a towel! In the morning, comb through and then wash hair vigorously.

DaveGrohlsgirl Mon 01-Aug-11 18:34:16

I would secong the nit comb theory, very satisfying wink

deemented Mon 01-Aug-11 18:34:16

I second the nit comb approach with the baby oil!

DaveGrohlsgirl Mon 01-Aug-11 18:34:57

obviously I mean second......wine o'clock started early blush

lancashirewife Tue 02-Aug-11 07:09:23

Thanks all....does the oil and combing rid it for good, or just temporarily improve the condition?

chocolateyclur Tue 02-Aug-11 07:42:56

I had this problem til my son was 3 - he has quite thin hair and was really obvious. Dentinox never worked, and I'm sure it gave him eczema on his arms.

About 3 months ago I bought some Vosene kids with tea tree oil - apparently for headlice prevention. It's cleared it all. Every last bit.

I don't know if it's coincidence or not, but I'd highly recommend!

Chestnutx3 Tue 02-Aug-11 07:48:35

I have been to the GP with my son who is 2 and still has what may be cradle cap but a consultant said it was ezcema on his head. I was told to come back when he is 3 before they will treat it. I will try Vosene kids with tea tree oil that sounds good.

IgnitionPG Thu 08-Sep-11 13:32:29

I was using Vosene Kids also for head lice prevention, dont know if its works but my kid didnt have head lice yet although most kids in the school had...
they dont have medical proof on their website but some good info www.vosenekids.co.uk/headlice-knowledge

Rosa Thu 08-Sep-11 13:42:23

My dd2 has very fine blonde hair so the CCap is very visible. It is getting less but in the summer it was really obvious. I used oil but in the day ( with a sun hat or headscarf) which she wore happily. It has eased but there are a few small bits that you can see if you look closely. I actually found using a baby conditioner also helped leaving in on in the bath and combing through a few bits came off easily .

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