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Best treatment for cradle cap?

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Rachelandjem Wed 02-Feb-05 14:33:37

My little one is three months old now and is suffering from cradle cap. Does anyone have any advice on treatments or products i should be using?

thank you!

love Rachel & jem
x x x x x x x x x

beansprout Wed 02-Feb-05 14:34:57

Apparently rubbing in olive oil and leaving it overnight/for a few hours, will help lift those lovely scales off (that's the olive oil from the chemist, not the cooking variety).

SPARKLER1 Wed 02-Feb-05 14:35:30

I remember health visitor telling me to use Olive oil.

lucy5 Wed 02-Feb-05 14:55:45

i used olive oil, not from the chemist though. Ooops

galaxy Wed 02-Feb-05 14:58:29

I used normal virgin olive oil too.

CountessDracula Wed 02-Feb-05 15:07:12

Aveeno cream is great, good for eczema but I found it got rid of dd's unshiftable cradle cap

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 15:09:37

My DS2 (4.5 months) used to have pretty bad cradle cap. But he hated being bathed (might be getting better now), so I couldn't really bring myself to oil him.

So I looked into it, and found out that keeping the head too warm is part of the problem! So I stopped putting fitted hats on him, and only used hoods. He's a generally very very warm baby (happily nude in rooms I think are too cold to be nude in), so that made this easier. And as a result his cradle cap is pretty much entirely gone!

starlover Wed 02-Feb-05 17:33:32

dentinox cradle cap shampoo is good

Millie1 Wed 02-Feb-05 19:39:21

Second the Olive Oil vote but, here's a good tip I got recently, use a nit comb (plastic) to gently lift the cradle cap off once the oil has softened it overnight. Worked a treat for us.

moondog Wed 02-Feb-05 19:42:07

The olive oil from the chemist (do they STILL do that? Thought my grandmother's bottle circa 1971 was the last on the planet!) is no different to that from anywhere else!

SeaShells Wed 02-Feb-05 19:49:41

We used Baby oil on DD and it cleared up completely.

WestCountryLass Wed 02-Feb-05 21:47:03

Don't use olive oil! I used it on my DD and it turned her cradle cap yellow and she looked like a boiled egg!!!!

Dentinox shampoo and Boots cradle cap cream

mears Wed 02-Feb-05 21:50:09

Baby oil works if you leave it on overnight. Avoid using any shampoo products - just plain water is enough for babies hair - shampoos/soap can cause the problem.

misdee Wed 02-Feb-05 21:53:04

oil, or basic moisteriser left over night, then gently brush/comb the scales. shampoo when hair is dry to getrid of the greasiness, then rinse.

isnt cradle cap a form of sebrohhic (sp??) eczema?

vess Sat 12-Feb-05 18:52:46

Dentinox shampoo and the creme from Boots worked for us as well - it was gone in a few days. I know they say it isn't harmful and doesn't bother the baby so you can leave it, but personally I couldn't stand the thought of my baby having this on his head, so I had to try and get rid of it!

Grommit Sat 12-Feb-05 18:56:59

detinox shampoo works but you need to use a fine comb to remove the scabs/flakes

HunkerMunker Sat 12-Feb-05 18:59:23

We used Dentinox too - makes their hair smell of roses DS's was gone inside a week and it was everywhere!

jabberwocky Sat 12-Feb-05 19:22:56

We used Burt's Bees Baby Oil (apricot oil I think) and it worked beautifully.

Surfermum Sat 12-Feb-05 20:07:48

I used olive oil overnight then combed her hair the next morning with a nit comb. It worked a treat. I also used Dentinox to wash it.

Tissy Sat 12-Feb-05 20:11:29

I second the nit comb- dd is so used to it, that combing her when she had nits was a doddle!

soapbox Sat 12-Feb-05 20:15:40

I know that this sounds really weird - but I promise you it really does work 1st time and very effectively!

Make a watery paste with bicab of soda and water and spread it on top of the cradle cap. leave on for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Repeat a couple more times until the cradle cap has all disolved.

Wash hair and rinse with water which has a couple of drops of tea tree oil in it.

If you add tea tree oil to the final rinse each time you wash their hair it stops it coming back.

HappyMumof2 Sun 13-Feb-05 19:10:16

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bongobum Sun 13-Feb-05 19:17:42

grapeseed oil. My midwife was amazed and now recommends it to all.

stitch Sun 13-Feb-05 19:52:35

olive oil, followed by nit comb. worked for my kids, and my sister, (twenty years ago!)

LapsedGymJunkie Sun 13-Feb-05 20:04:17

I must be the only one that left it to its own devices, it went eventually.

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