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How To Get Rid Of Cradle Cap In Children
Frequent shampooing: Gently massage the baby's scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), being sure to rinse out all the shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush the scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel. There are baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap that might be useful in stubborn cases. Or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Baby oil: Cradle cap is essentially baby dandruff. Most of the time you can ignore it and it'll resolve in a few months. If it's getting too bothersome, massage in baby oil a few times a week. You can also use a soft bristled brush to scrape some of the scale away. If the scale is too dense, a dandruff shampoo like Selsun Blue can be used 1-2 times a week, leave on x 20 min, then wash off. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MEDICALLY KNOWN AS: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common infant condition. However, adults can get it(dandruff) as well. Treatment is a shampoo with salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, coal tar or zinc pyrithione. Use daily for a week or so, then cut it to 2-3 times a week. Leave it in place for 5 mins or so after gently massaging the scalp, then rinse. ...Read more
Cradle cap: Also known as seborrhea capitis. Think of it as baby dandruff. Often there will be some small red bumps on the scalp and around the ears. There may be yellow scale in the scalp. Traditional treatment is to apply mineral oil to the yellow crust, massage for a while, then comb out. Wash hair after. Treat several x a week. For severe case consult a doctor. Usually goes away in a few months. ...Read more
Cradle cap: Best to massage scalp for several days with baby oil, then gently remove the scale with a brushing with baby brush. If that doesn't clear it up, shampoo scalp once a week with a tar based shampoo. The one I like best is Neutrogena Tar Shampoo. You did not cause the cradle cap - it is a seborrhea of the scalp, which is skin condition common in babies. To prevent, tar shampoo scalp every other week ...Read more
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