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I have suddenly become obsessed with cradle cap that has lingered from baby-hood. What will get rid of it, preferably something gentle / natural to try first as I'll have to use it in the bath and he has excema prone skin. Any tips very gratefully received.
the health vistor to little sis, said to massage some extra virgin olive oil (yeps the cooking kind) into the affected area, leave on for the whole day and then wash off with shampoo.
niece had a patch at birth and it completely cleared up, has not come back since!!
Emargo - much excitement in our house (well from me) dd has had cradle cap from birth (she's 3 in April) and nothing would shift it - I've done the olive oil and the special shampoo and all that stuff. Then I got this 'Scalp Remedy' from Aveda - very gentle stuff - originally for my and dh to keep our heads healthy. As a last resort I rubbed some in dd's scalp last night while she had her tea, washed it off an hour later in the bath and, hey presto, no cradle cap left - at all. It's like a miracle - that nasty scummy stuff has been annoying me for nearly 3 years. It's expensive but you only need a little bit and I think I would have paid twice that to get rid of the stuff.
both dds have/had it. dd1 is 2.8 and she still has a tiny patch. thankfully it is hidden by hair now. dd2 6mths had a sheet of it... and i have had loads of advice.... tried it all with some success...
wheatgerm oil and lavender essential oil
soft brush and brush it in direction of hair growth... does work but i guess not on a 3 year old
head and shoulders?? a lady at swimming said she'd used it on her baby and it hadnt come back.
my hairdresser recommended something called Phillip King(s)ly which is a psoriasis treatment, apparently it is quite expensive but very effective.
hope it helps, i have found that a concerted effort of brushing has helped my dd2!
Oh Welshmum - I love the smell of Aveda shampoo so this is a fabulous excuse to treat myself to some once I have tried it on little DS. Will get some next time I'm near an Aveda concession - but your excitement is contageous!
I know I am a bit over-excited but I just got a bit obsessed with it all in the end. She's so lovely I couldn't bear this scaly yuk on her head.
Emargo - it's not shampoo - more like a treatment that you're supposed to leave on - I washed it off quite quickly really.
Yes, have tried olive oil - left it on overnight, but it didn't really loosen the scales, which is probably the eczema - I'm using a special shampoo at the mo called capasal - I put an emollient on her scalp at night and then wash her hair in the morning with this stuff - she still has some flaky skin but it's nowhere near as bad as it was before - just wondered if there was something better
Seeing as I got so excited the other day I thought I should update. DD's cradle cap has not vanished it returned after 2 days BUT I think it is less and I will continue treating it twice a week with this stuff and see how we get on. I didn't anyone to spend 12 quid on a bottle and then be disappointed.
Although it may of course have completely different effects on different children.