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Severe cradle cap - dentinox and coconut oil not working

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Rebelwithallthecause · 08/09/2020 17:14

An anyone recommend a sure fire remedy for cradle cap

The dentinox and coconut oil is t working and it’s just getting worse and thicker

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Puddlelane123 · 08/09/2020 17:17

Head and Shoulders? I use it to good effect with my toddler’s cradle cap. I also use olive oil overnight which is very satisfying.

KatyN · 08/09/2020 17:19

Go to your gp/nurse. We were prescribed some stuff when my daughter’s cradle crap made it as far as her eyebrows

Top tip, don’t call it cradle crap to the gp

SunbathingDragon · 08/09/2020 17:20

Oil and a nitty gritty comb worked for my children.

BertiesLanding · 08/09/2020 17:21


Go to your gp/nurse. We were prescribed some stuff when my daughter’s cradle crap made it as far as her eyebrows

Top tip, don’t call it cradle crap to the gp

yolio · 08/09/2020 17:22

I have what seems like the adult version. Flaky scalp, big flakes, can't stop picking at it AARGH. It is awful.

Tried Capasil, H +S clinical version, and many others. Nothing is working.

Going to try sugar and olive oil rub and see what happens. Poor me and your poor baby.

Sorry I can't be more help, but watching in case a baby cure might work for me!

chickenyhead · 08/09/2020 17:23

I always used olive oil tbh, massaged it in after baths. It makes it really soft, after an hour shampoo it out

Trevorina · 08/09/2020 17:27

@yolio have you tried nizoral? I have dermatitis in my scalp and this tends to help when I have a bad breakout.

IWouldLikeToKnow · 08/09/2020 17:27

What worked for me was Burts Bees baby shampoo. Bought it one day when I couldn't get what I had been using. Honestly was so surprised when the cradle cap just started to clear after a couple of uses. We'd been struggling for over a year at that point. He also had quite bad eczema so had been reluctant to try new products with him.

Flynn2019 · 08/09/2020 17:45

If you are breastfeeding try breast milk. Worked on my little boy. I was told to use olive oil rather than coconut oil also but regular brushing helps too x

QueenBlueberries · 08/09/2020 17:55

I used the shampoo and oil in my kids when they were babies and I was just doing it wrong. GP told me - use the shampoo, then when dry rub in the oil, really massage it in, leave for a few minutes and then use a very gentle baby hairbrush and brush the flakes off. If you leave the flakes on, they will get ticker and crusty. But that was years ago the advice might be different now.

yolio · 08/09/2020 17:57


Thanks so much, yes I have tried it. No luck. I think at this stage I've tried every product on the market.

Might be more going on but it looks just like dry scalp/dandruff/ whatever. It is so annoying and embarrassing, and only came on since Christmas last year.

milkjetmum · 08/09/2020 18:01

Fyi severe cradle cap is sometimes an early sign of food allergies, so depending on age of your DC and your family history you might want to bear this in mind when weaning etc.

MummBraTheEverLeaking · 08/09/2020 18:04

I had Loyon solution, but DDs cradle cap wasn't too bad. It was effective for us though.

Sausagis · 08/09/2020 18:06

You are not supposed to pick at it ... but a nitty gritty comb sorted it out pretty quick - which is exactly the same as picking at it Confused

MyEnormousTurnip · 08/09/2020 18:13

A few hot sweaty days and a nit comb lifted dds out beautifully when she was small.

Bloomburger · 08/09/2020 18:15

Can you use T Gel shampoo on little kids?

I had what effectively was CC for years, it itched like buggery and drive me to distraction, I spent hundreds on bloody shampoos and lotions but avoided T Gel as it smelt like my grandad (not good memories) but lie and behold as soon as I used it bloody CC up and went!!

melissasummerfield · 08/09/2020 18:16

This is going to sound mental but I did this under the instruction of my mum and it worked Grin

Lots of olive oil rubbed in and left for a while then get one of those double ended eyebrow combs - the ones that have a little comb on one end and gently scrap it off using the comb. I only ever had to do it once and none of my 3 babies ever complained at it being done.

EssentialHummus · 08/09/2020 18:17

A Pourty cradle cap brush

Tidypidy · 08/09/2020 18:20

My 11yo ds still has cradle cap occasionally. Three years ago he lost most of his hair due to alopecia and the steroid creams got rid of the cradle cap. When his hair grew back the cradle cap returned. It doesn't bother him.

snappycamper · 08/09/2020 18:22

Had it until my DS was five. Head and shoulders was the only thing that sorted it. Have to keep using it now or it still comes back

goldpendant · 08/09/2020 18:23

Dentinol alternated with olive or coconut oil worked for us, alongside a fair amount of picking. It was big thick scaly chunks and came away with lots of baby hair attached.... only fully cleared around age 3/4.

Trevorina · 08/09/2020 18:34

@yolio sorry I should have known better! My dd has severe eczema and if one more person says to me 'have you tried child's farm?' i will not be responsible for my actions!!

Aria2015 · 08/09/2020 18:44

This super balm from Lush worked on my lo's cradle cap...

Severe cradle cap - dentinox and coconut oil not working
Carycy · 08/09/2020 18:47

This was taught to me by my dermatology nurse when my son with eczema got such severe cradle cap people were stopping my in supermarkets.

Dermol 600 ( that’s a bath Emoliant you can’t get on prescription Any more) poured onto the head and rubbed in half an hour before a bath, scrub with a baby brush. Wash as normal.

It’s a miracle. A few friends have done it now after struggling and say it’s the only thing that really worked.

Bringonspring · 08/09/2020 18:50

Hey, I know it looks a bit unattractive but don’t tiger it doesn’t actually harm them. Don’t use chemicals particularly if a young baby and I would avoid shampoos not aimed at children m.

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