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How do I get rid of cradle cap on my 3 month old DD's head?? What has worked for you????
My 4.5 month old D has mild cradle cap. I find I''m able to control it with a little sorbolene (variation on the old olive oil trick, but I don't want her to smell like food! :) ). I don't wash her hair with shampoo, I just rub some sorbolene over her head while she's in the bath. Give a gentle scrub of the affected area with a face washer (or your fingers) and leave for a few minutes. Rinse off and scrub gently with a towel when you dry her off. Don't pick at it, the only time I removed flakes that way, it left a red mark on her little head :( . BTW A friend of mine has been told by her pediatrician that baby shampoos wont help cradle cap at all.
Harry had bad cradle cap when he was about 2 months. I changed from J&J shampoo to Aroma Baby Pure Hair cleanse and it worked wonders. I would put a tiny bit on, rub it in with a wash cloth, then brush it through and wash. You can get it from chemists. I then added "Wild Child Cradle Cap Oil", when it was really bad. Harry has a very dry scalp and if I don't use a gentle baby oil on it, the dry skin turns into cradle cap. I know it looks yuck but it does go away you just have to be on top of it all the time. Harry now has a smooth head and no sign of the cradle cap.
Hope this helps for you.
I agree that Aromababy products are lovely. :) I found another 'natural' baby line called GAIA which really helped with my daughter's scalp. They are not soap based and are very gentle on baby's skin, also have lovely aromatic smell and I think the lavender aids in sending her off to sleep after her bath. ;) Gaia products are also available at selected pharmicists and they have a web site www.gaia.com.au that gives some more info on their products. If you contact them via email and ask them for some samples they will send some to you with a 10% discount voucher to use. :D
I also tried Olive Oil and it did work but I found the odour a bit strong. :(
You might like to try sweet almond oil...I use it in Lachlan's bath and rub it in his hair if his scalp gets dry...yes it leaves his hair greasy..but I'm sure smells better than olive oil! :p
should have said that you buy it at the chemist (about $10.00 a bottle).
Oops :eek: , sorry, gave out the wrong web site address for Gaia.....
Correct web address is www.gaiaskinnaturals.com.au
Lynda - mum to Renee 4 months
My son's only 5 wks. I got rid of his cradle cap by washing his hair, drying it then put sorbelene on it. Then get the baby comb and comb thru gently. It's all gone now.
Hope it helps and good luck.
By the way, what does DD stand for? I'm fairly new. Thx
Both my children had cradle cap and I've noticed a great improvement in my son scalp since I started using a bath & shower oil called "Dermaveen". It contains oatmeal and I actually started to use it because of his ezcema, but it's a winner for cradle cap as well. You can buy it from most chemists (there are a whole range of products) and although it's not cheap ($15.95 for 250ml) it is very good.
I'm not sure if 3 months may be a little too young for it, but my son still had cradle at 2 and someone recommended Head and Shoulders shampoo/conditioner. We've been using it ever since and it worked a treat.
My daughter had cradle cap from about 8 weeks to 15 weeks - the best thing i used was a shampoo by alchemy (natural product - no chemicals or additives) that is for gentle scalps and babies as well as a cream afterwards called camoderm - both of these are available from a health food store. I used the cream at night after the shampoo and then combed the crusts out in the morning very gently......
Hey there, I havent read therough every post, so I am sorry if i am repeating anyone else.
My son Elliot is 3 months and has ahad cradle cap since about 4weeks. Nothing serious, but enough to be a little flaky. I have used baby oil, but was concerned about him playing with his head and then having his fingers in his mouth, so i tried amolin. It is a treatment for nappy rash, but is also used for dry cracked skin...
You can get it from chemists and many major supermarkets stock it.
It is seriously goopy, so i lathered his head up in the mornings and the kept an eye on him during the day to ensure he wasnt eating too much of it, and then washed it out at night. It may take a bit to wash out, on occasions I have bathed him early and then later before bed. (think i pput a little too much on that day...)
hope you find something that works
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