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What can I use for cradle cap in babies scalp?

What can I use for cradle cap in babies scalp?

Depends: Much of cradle cap id due to retained skin flakes that are not susceptible to the mild ingredients in "tear free" baby shampoos. Active washing with a simple dandruff shampoo will often do the trick, as well as avoiding baby oil on the scalp or other treatments.A soft cuticle brush to help scrub in the shampoo helps, but keep it away from the eyes. ...Read more

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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp that makes it ...Read more


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What are the treatments for cradle cap?

What are the treatments for cradle cap?

None needed: Cradle cap does not usually need to be treated. If it seems to be bothering the infant (or the parent), you can remove it by applying a lubricant (baby oil, olive oil, aquaphor). Leave the lubricant in for 15 minutes and then take a soft toothbrush and gently scrape it out. If that doesn't work, it's probably worth it to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

What's a safe way to get rid of "cradle cap" that's behind my infant's ears?

Confirm diagnosis : Sometimes I'll use a mild topical hydrocortisone. I would however see his pediatrician before using any medication on an infant. Rash could be a skin infection with bacteria or a yeast as well. Need to have the diagnosis confirmed. ...Read more

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What is cradle cap, and how long does it take to get rid of it on a 3-month old little baby?

What is cradle cap, and how long does it take to get rid of it on a 3-month old little baby?

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

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Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head ?

Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head ?

No: Tell the adults around you not to bother you. Cradle cap is not catching - even if you were also a baby. ...Read more

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What is the best shampoo for a baby with cradle cap on scalp?

What is the best shampoo for a baby with cradle cap on scalp?

Any shampoo: The treatment for cradle cap is vigorous scrubbing of the scalp when shampooing the hair (any baby shampoo).Brushing the scalp and hair vigorously helps too. ...Read more

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I have a 3 month old baby who has "cradle cap" on his scalp. What's the solution?

I have a 3 month old baby who has "cradle cap" on his scalp.  What's the solution?

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

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Is it safe to pick at 14wk old baby's cradle cap? When I do it, a lot of his hair comes out with it..

Is it safe to pick at 14wk old baby's cradle cap? When I do it, a lot of his hair comes out with it..

Probably hurts: Cradle cap itself can cause hair loss just by its presence. Soaking the scalp for 10 minutes with baby or coconut oil, then gently combing with fine tooth comb should gently remove the scales with less irritation. You may need to repeat this a couple of times, but slow removal is less irritating than pulling off dry plaques. Good luck ...Read more

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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

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Does johnson's baby shampoo cause cradle cap or clog pores?

Does johnson's baby shampoo cause cradle cap or clog pores?

No...: ...But it contains no medication, so sometimes it won't make cradle cap go away, which might lead you to think that it was the cause. ...Read more

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Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face,head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do i alleviate it?

Hi my baby is 6 weeks old she has a rash on her face,head and chest for a week now she also has cradle cap is this normal? How do i alleviate it?

Is it the same rash?: Cradle cap can extend down to the face, neck, and chest. There are some non-prescription remedies such as selenium-based shampoos (don't get it in her eyes!), but other treatments require a doctor visit. Either way, be patient - there's no reason why she can't have beautiful baby skin after this clears up. ...Read more

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Babys head smells (forehead) but theres no peeling or other evidence of cradle cap. What else could it be? Can cradle cap smell be present w/out peel

Lotions/ metabolism: If germ overgrowth is unlikely, the other two issues that come to mind are the things we put on their skin or the odor from the sweat they make. I find some lotions will sour over time & leave a musty smell. Some kids with metabolic issues can have a mouse urine like smell or maple syrup like smell to their sweat.If the lotions or other skin treatments are not an issue i would let your dr know. ...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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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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What's the oldest age that you might still see some cradle cap on the scalp or baby acne on the face?

What's the oldest age that you might still see some cradle cap on the scalp or baby acne on the face?

6 months: The sweat and oil glands in the newborn need to develop and mature. During this process they can produce effects that appear as cradle cap and "acne". This maturing varies a lot. Most infants mature within a couple months. If signicant effects persist beyond 6 months, further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Rashes on 2 months old baby's palm, face, feet, stomach, back , etc n cradle cap?

Seborrhea: Seborrhea is another name for cradle cap. In addition to the scaly places on the scalp there are little red bumps on the trunk and head. The bumps are very fine and reddish. You could check google images for seborrhea to see if it looks like what your child has. Talk to your pediatrician about treatments. Sometimes a mild steroid such as cortisone is used. Sometimes an anti fungal such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). ...Read more