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how to treat Cradle cap on face

(8 Posts)
omama Wed 24-Dec-14 14:31:14

DD (5 weeks) has a really bad case of cradle cap on her face. Her entire forehead including eyebrows is covered in a thick yellow crust. It is also spreading across her cheeks & into her scalp. She looks bloody horrendous dreams of lovely first christmas photos ruined

I know the suggested treatment for cradle cap on the scalp is to soften it with olive oil/baby oil & then use a soft brush to loosen it but I'm not sure how to tackle her face since I can't very well brush it! The only thing I can think of is to pick at it but I know thats not usually recommended due to risk of infection/scarring.

Any ideas welcomed. Thanks

kimlo Wed 24-Dec-14 14:32:49

When dd2 had this boots did a really good cream for cradle cap, their own make.

FairlyUseless Wed 24-Dec-14 14:33:21

Yes, smother in olive oil overnight and gently rub away with a damp flannel. Or use coconut oil, which I did as I preferred the smell! DS is 3.3 now and still has cradle cap on and off. sad

notasleep Wed 24-Dec-14 14:34:37

My dd had cradle cap on her face -I rubbed olive oil onto it and then gently rubbed with a flannel, it did help to get rid of it a bit. It will go in time.

Sure she doesn't look horrendous btw.!

notasleep Wed 24-Dec-14 14:36:27

Oops x posts! Yes leave overnight as pp says.. Forgot that bit.

Eminybob Wed 24-Dec-14 14:43:21

My DS has always had issues with his skin, including cradle cap and I find E45 cream to be really effective.

PragmaticWench Wed 24-Dec-14 14:49:41

E45 is quite harsh, dermatologists hate it. Try Diprobase, you can buy it over the counter.

omama Wed 24-Dec-14 15:02:52

kimlo I used that cream for ds & found it to be excellent so have actually been & got some this morning.

It was more a question of what to use to remove the softened flakes but I hadnt thought of a flannel so thanks for the suggestion fairlyuseless & Notasleep will try that tomorrow. Its only crusted yellow today so not sure its quite ready to come off yet.

Thanks very much for the help everyone

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