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Dr. James Ferguson
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What can I use for cradle cap in babies scalp?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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


Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are the treatments for cradle cap?

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
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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?

Dr. Gregory Mosolf
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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?

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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Dr. Barry Bergman
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What is the best shampoo for a baby with cradle cap on scalp?

Dr. Barry Bergman
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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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Dr. RANGASAMY Ramanathan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does cradle cap on baby grow back after its come off?

Dr. RANGASAMY Ramanathan
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Sometimes, yes: Sometimes, it can come back due to dry scalp. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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My 2 month baby has cradle cap, what can i do to help?

Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
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My 2 month baby has cradle cap, what can i do to help?

Baby oil: Baby oil and comb with a fine comb. Alternatively consider using 1% hydrocortisone cream ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Neither one of my baby's had cradle cap and only one had baby acne. Is that strange?

Dr. Tanya Russo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Neither one of my baby's had cradle cap and only one had baby acne. Is that strange?

Not really: Not strange, but very fortunate!

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Dr. James Ferguson
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2 month old with cradle cap! baby oil? Brush it?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Does johnson's baby shampoo cause cradle cap or clog pores?

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

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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