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My ds has cradle cap (he is 4.5 months) which has recently started driving him crazy. It is really itchy, and he keeps trying to scratch it but can only reach his forehead and he is making a mess of himself. (I have tried to cut his nails as low as I can, comfortably.)
I was using sweet almond oil, which helped a bit but I thought I'd try olive oil in case the almond oil was causing the itching. But if I even touch his head now he goes crazy, poor little thing.
Any suggestions? :confused:
We only had mild cradle cap, thank goodness. But Chloe always had so much hair that getting oil onto it was impossible without her winding up a complete grease head. I would work at her scalp gently with a comb and my fingers after her bath when it had softened. Usually with her in front of the tv to distract her.
They say nighttime is the best, to do the oil soak thing. Could you apply it after he's fallen asleep? Mittens on his hands, with tape around the cuffs, would curb the scratching but I doubt he'd put up with that during the day.
My daughter had the tiniest bit of craddle cap. What I did was put some baby oil onto her scalp and rub it in for a little while. I then got a baby come and combed it out. It has not come back. I am not sure if it was craddle cap, it did look like she had a really dry scalp. Her hair is growing now and her scalp is fine.
Hi there! My 4 month old DS had really bad, thick cc :( and I tried just about everything I could get my hands on! The thing that finally worked was good old baby oil! Work it in gently with a face washer (save your fingertips getting too greasy) then comb the bigger bits out. Wash the rest out in the shower or bath with some gentle shampoo. Might need to do it a couple of times if it is a bit thick - it can get away from you pretty quickly! :o Good luck!
My daughter had cc when she was younger and I use to put baby oil on her head and use a baby comb to work it out. It would drive her nuts and as she got older it came back and she now uses head & shoulders for dry scalp and it has disappeared again.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the suggestions. At the moment we're trying vasoline - it's horribly gooey but it seems to be helping a bit, better than the oil. He still goes beserk when I touch his head though.
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