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2 month old with cradle cap! baby oil? Brush it?

2 month old with cradle cap! baby oil? Brush it?

Dandruff shampoo: Cradle cap builds up when the old skin flakes of the scalp are anchored to the skin by skin oils that act like glue. Normal tear free baby shampoos do not have the chemicals needed to loosen these flakes.Application of dandruff shampoo, keeping it out of the eyes, will gradually help.Gently teasing the flakes loose with a cuticle brush speeds the process. ...Read more

Dr. Jean Stewart
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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp, often yellow and greasy. In adults, ...Read more


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My daughter 6months has cradle cap.. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else i can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

My daughter 6months  has cradle cap.. I tried olive oil it didn't work is there anything else i can try? Some people say head and shoulders?

Baby Oil: It is a normal process that can go away on its own on its due course. Peeling it can sometimes cause irritation. Baby oil will help alleviate dryness. Regular shower and keeping the well nourished baby clean with lots of love is pampering. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cradle cap on a 7 month old, I have tried baby oil and brushing it..

How to get rid of cradle cap on a 7 month old, I have tried baby oil and brushing it..

Oil +: Oil can help. Apply, warm with moist heat, allow to sit for a few minutes then brush.Strip the oil and debris completely with a dandruff shampoo.Repeat as needed until the heavier flakes have separated, then just use the dandruff shampoo as needed to maintain. The shampoo is irritating to eyes so avoid letting it get close. ...Read more

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I used olive oil and combed rather hard to remove my 6 mo baby's cradle cap. Now at 3 yo, she has thin hair. Did I pull out hair that won't regrow?

I used olive oil and combed rather hard to remove my 6 mo baby's cradle cap. Now at 3 yo, she has thin hair. Did I pull out hair that won't regrow?

No: The treatment and brushing for the cradle cap didn't cause any long term damage. Hair thickness is usually quite thin in infancy and gradually thickens based on inherited genetic factors as they age.The transition is gradual and takes YEARS. Be patient. ...Read more

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Whats the danger in using borage oil or pilla?

Whats the danger in using borage oil or pilla?

Liver issues: can occur if the product has unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Because of the concern of reliable quality in US products, I usually prefer other sources of GLA. There are companies that remove the pyrrolizidine alkaloids, but you should be careful about choosing your product. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take borage oil pills to induce labor?

I wouldnt: I never recommend anything to induce labor unless it is in a more controlled environment. Letting your labor naturally start is always safer for you and your baby. Unless of course, you are going too far past your due date. I wouldnt take a chance with over the counter products to induce labor, . ...Read more

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How can I treat cradle cap?

How can I treat cradle cap?

Baby oil/olive oil: I typically recommend baby oil or olive oil on the scalp for cradle cap. After applying, gently loosen the flakes with a soft baby brush, and then wash your baby's hair. There are some over-the-counter cradle cap treatment kits available as well. If persistent, ask your doctor about dandruff shampoo used twice a week. ...Read more

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