My 10 week old has scaly dry skin on the top of his head.... Is this "cradle cap"? How do I get rid of it / how long will it last?

asked 30 Oct '09, 18:19

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I was wondering if you had tried the accepted answer remedy and if it worked. It sounds plausible to me, but I'm hesitant to try it. (Sorry Mary)

(07 Jun '10, 14:55) JustinP8

Justin, I used both vasoline and baby oil (on different occasions) and then regular baby shampoo and a baby brush to get rid of the flakes and it actually did work. The only problem with cradle cap is that it always comes back, so I had to do this about twice a week. The scaly skin on his scalp lasted all the way until he was 9 months old.

(10 Jun '10, 14:18) DazedandConfused

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Ok this I know Both my daughter had it. I was told at night before you go to bed rub the babies head with vasoline then the next morning use a pea size amount to regular dandruff shampoo. You might have to repeat it two separate times but it really works.

My sister in law ignored it and ALL of her daughters hair fell out and then they treated it and it started to grow back.

Hope this helps.


answered 30 Oct '09, 21:21

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Certainly sounds like cradle cap to me - a photo would help to be sure. We used coconut oil - but I'm not sure it ever helped. You can just ignore it, to be honest - it'll go away eventually. Just don't pick at it, or it will make your baby's head sore. (Obviously when the flakes are actually loose in the hair, that's a different matter.)


answered 30 Oct '09, 18:21

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Could last for years. My 27mth old still has it, but he has loads of hair so you can't see it unless you really try. Both my daughters continued to get small patches behind their ears until they were about 5, I think.

This is despite treating it - olive oil, then brushing it out and washing the oil out with mild baby shampoo - it went away for a while then came back.


answered 30 Oct '09, 19:20

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edited 31 Oct '09, 15:35

My son still has it quite badly at 13 months. I've tried ALL the suggested treatments and nothing really works. I think it will just have to go away on its own.

(02 Nov '09, 06:32) Emily

Our pediatrician also recommended olive oil for our 3 mo.

(02 Nov '09, 13:19) Scottie T

My son now 4 months had really bad cradle cap on his head eyebrows and ears when he was a month old, i used olive oil as its very natural. covered him in it before he went to sleep and in morning brushed it off with soft baby brush every night for a week, cleared it all up and it hasn't come back.


answered 01 Nov '09, 12:26

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While I think you have gotten plenty of advise, I must put my two cents in, my son had cradle cap at 4 weeks old, all of sudden one morning.Treatment: I lathered his head in baby oil, put a hat on for a couple of hours to soften the skin, then bathed him, while gently scrubbing his head with baby shampoo and a baby hair brush, I had to do this for 3 days in a row but once it was gone, it was gone for good. Good Luck!


answered 01 Nov '09, 15:59

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My daughter's doctor said just to ignore the cradle cap and eventually she would out grow it. With my son, I did, gently, pick at it, but only when it got so thick that his scalp started to look orange. The downside to scratching it off is that it can remove some of the hair at the same time.


answered 30 Oct '09, 19:23

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yes, unfortunatley scratching it off takes the hair off, but I too was obsessed with picking and thus turned my son's head bald. hehe, ah well, it grew back.

(01 Nov '09, 22:08) Sabrina

My son's turned patchy, because he wouldn't let me scratch for very long at a time so I did it little by little.

(02 Nov '09, 03:25) mkcoehoorn

Lightly brushing it in addition to baby oil can help.


answered 30 Oct '09, 19:52

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That's exactly what we did once my daughter was losing her hair (around 4 months). It worked great and within a week is was gone and her hair has grown back well.

(31 Oct '09, 00:12) Tammy ♦♦

I used a baby brush and baby bath or baby shampoo. When I bathed my daughter I would gently (very gently) scrub her head with the baby brush and baby bath or shampoo. It took less than a week to get rid of. Her's was completely gone by the time she was a month old. I never had any more problems with cradle cap after that.

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answered 30 Oct '09, 22:34

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The nurses in the hospital told us to put baby oil on it, leave it for 10 minutes and then use a soft baby brush to gently brush it out. It works well!


answered 31 Oct '09, 01:02

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Based on my experience, I suggest using a regular baby shampoo vs. a head to toe wash. The head to toe wash is not as effective in clearing up the scalp.


answered 15 Nov '09, 02:28

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edited 16 Nov '09, 02:27

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Is there a study that shows this, or is this from personal experience... please see our Back It Up principle: http://moms4mom.com/back-it-up

(15 Nov '09, 03:15) Scott ♦♦

This is from personal experience

(16 Nov '09, 02:14) SL.Nicholson

@SL.Nicholson: Thanks! I edited the answer to reflect that.

(16 Nov '09, 02:28) Scott ♦♦

@SL.Nicholson - We've just started using the baby shampoo rather than the head to toe stuff. I think it's helping, though it also helps that we've started using a rag rather than just our hand as we were before. The rag helps ex-foliate.

(07 Jun '10, 14:57) JustinP8
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