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Cradle cap - any tips

(26 Posts)
worrierandwine Thu 11-Aug-16 18:12:59

Both my DD's have suffered with cradle cap and with DD1 I found Dentinox cradle cap shampoo to be quite effective, however, I can't seem to find it in any of the shops.
I've found some on Amazon but before I order it I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on how to clear it up or anything that works as well as (or better) than Dentinox?

JinkxMonsoon Thu 11-Aug-16 18:20:36

I picked it off. Gently and gradually as they slept in my arms. And once the scales are gone, they don't return.

worrierandwine Thu 11-Aug-16 18:23:22

It is very therapeutic picking the scales off grin

ohidoliketobe Thu 11-Aug-16 18:25:21

I know you're meant to leave it alone. And DS only had a tiny little bit. But my gran said she used to use olive oil and gently brush it through with a soft bristled brush to lift it. I tried it with the brush I got in a tommee tippee grooming kit. And it really worked.
But remember - I started off my post by saying you're meant to leave it . . .

welshweasel Thu 11-Aug-16 18:26:14

Slather in coconut oil. Leave for a few hours or overnight if possible. Comb out in bath. Got rid of DSs in one go and hasn't come back.

chattygranny Thu 11-Aug-16 18:27:47

Ohido this Nana is with your Gran. We used the softest baby toothbrush with oil (olive or baby oil) and gently massaged it before hair washing then it would float off. No harm in leaving it either as long as it isn't making the baby itchy.

MelanieWiggles Thu 11-Aug-16 18:29:31

DS3 was covered in it. I found putting some baby oil on his head, leaving it for ten minutes and then gently running a nit comb (yeah I know but you'll need it once they get to school age smile) through itwas really effective in lifting some of the scales.

TheCrumpettyTree Thu 11-Aug-16 21:06:39

Olive oil.

yettiLEGS Thu 11-Aug-16 21:08:29

Dentinox shampoo (in the baby aisle) is really, really good. It is for cradle cap but My husband uses it to shift his dandruff.

TeaRexit Thu 11-Aug-16 21:11:47

Olive oil before bed, then shampoo off the next day.

LotsOfDots Thu 11-Aug-16 21:13:27

I'll second coconut oil. It's miraculous when nothing else works. Also smells better than olive oil.

Littleelffriend Thu 11-Aug-16 21:14:49

I used coconut oil for babies from waitrose. You get it on amazon.

xxxbingbunnyxxx Thu 11-Aug-16 21:15:58

I second the nit comb, washed ds hair then used the nit comb, worked a treat!

FusionChefGeoff Thu 11-Aug-16 21:16:54

Aah this thread is making me reminisce about picking softened cradle cap off. <sigh>. Happy days they were.

kitchenwitchen Thu 11-Aug-16 21:22:07

Another coconut oil vote here, and cheapo stuff works just as well as waitrose stuff wink

Out2pasture Thu 11-Aug-16 21:22:15

olive oil overnight then facecloth.
I've never heard of leaving it alone.....

Trinpy Thu 11-Aug-16 21:24:14

Spent ages messing around with olive oil, etc with ds1, but in the end it was only dentinox that got rid of it so I would just go for that.

I used a cradle cap brush alongside dentinox for ds2 and that got rid of it all within a few washes. You can get the brush on amazon. I think the make was Pourty.

Picking at the scales can lead to infection. And they can come back after you've picked them off <voice of bitter experience>.

RiverTam Thu 11-Aug-16 21:26:54

Slather the head with that very light olive oil you get in chemists at bedtime. Comb it off in the morning with a nit comb. DH made himself late for work doing this, it was that satisfying.

Nicnak2223 Thu 11-Aug-16 21:29:18

Coconut oil and sponge rub off in the bath.

TeamEponine Thu 11-Aug-16 21:34:47

Another vote for the nit comb! I rubbed a small amount of olive oil in, left it overnight, then it combed out easily the next morning.

It was surprisingly satisfying and enjoyable!

Jayne266 Thu 11-Aug-16 21:57:07

This was me last week! Dentinox is sold in Asda but it just never worked on my ds and has suffered with it his whole life (now 4). I was determined him not to start school with it so I Googled some ideas. If I picked it off his hair come out with it and he said it hurt so I followed the olive oil advice. Washed his hair as normal then massaged a small amount of olive oil in his head before bed then the next morning used a nit comb to remove it. It worked a treat his hair needed a few days to not be greasy anymore but it was lovely and shiny when done good luck op.

badg3r Thu 11-Aug-16 22:04:24

Pick it off!! Gently though of course. I was super lucky and DS's came back so ingot to pick it off twice. Heaven.

MoonlightMedicine Thu 11-Aug-16 22:05:15

The best cure I found was hedrin once! I had to treat my 2 for headlice and an unexpected perk was that it lifted all of the cradle cap clean away!

worrierandwine Fri 12-Aug-16 05:16:04

Thanks everyone for all the replies! I almost bought some coconut oil earlier (it was with the cooking oils in Aldi!) but put it back! When DD1 had huge chunks (that I picked) her hair would come out with it so I wanted to nip DD2's in the bud before it got worse. I've looked for Dentinox in Boots, Superdrug, Tesco's and Asda and it wasn't in any of them! Maybe there's a shortage shockDD1's took quite some getting rid of so I'm going on Amazon now to order coconut oil and Dentinox.

TeaRexit Fri 12-Aug-16 07:39:30

Its in the baby aisle with bubble bath & talc case you were looking for it in the regular shampoo aisle.

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