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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)

Cradle cap is a common, harmless condition affecting babies where there is a yellow, scaly, dry ...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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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 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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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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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