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#1 BeenTooLong

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:55 PM

While I was combing Nathan's hair during the week, I noticed some flaky skin. I thoughht it may have been dandruff as both his dad and myself suffer from this time to time. I also thought he may have been a little sunburnt and this was the skin peeling.

But on closer inspection, it is yellow/scabby, like cradle cap I have seen on other young babies. Nathan never had it when he was younger. I know how to treat it, so thats not a problem. If it makes any difference, I use GAIA baby shampoo, and have done for at least a year now.

He is nearly 18 months old - is it normal for older babies to get cradle cap? Should I take him to the GP/CHN/Chemist for other treatment?

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 03:01 PM

Will gets what looks like cradle cap when I shampoo his hair! If I don't shampoo it and just give it a good wash with a water and washcloth it goes away... He has very fine hair so really doesn't need shampoo.

Angus has a bit as well and it got worse the more I tried to shampoo it off.


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Posted 13 December 2009 - 03:06 PM

Bella is 5 months and I would have thought she should be out of that age where it is normal but she has it too at the moment, I've been brushing her hair to try and loosen it before a bath and then shampooing it. It seems to be getting better but slowly. We use the Gaia shampoo as well. I might try just water and a wash cloth for a while and see if that makes a difference.
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 03:29 PM

Yep, I've noticed it on Jeremy's head too.

He'd been scratching, and feared the worst (nits) because of kindy, but on closer inspection, it appeared to be cradle cap.

It doesn't seem to bother him all that much, so I'm not going to bother treating it, but I've heard just a bit of baby oil rubbed into his scalp can help smile.gif
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Posted 13 December 2009 - 04:25 PM

Evie has always been prone to it and I asked the neonatologist about it at her last appointment. He said while most babies grow out of it after about three months it is quite normal for it to continue in some babies until they are about 3. I also find that using shampoo brings it on so rarely use it on her.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 05:28 PM

Thanks so much for your replies. So its not that uncommon for older babies to get it!

I will gve the no hair washing a go for a couple of weeks before I try the baby oil/olive oil (as his hair will NEED to be washed then!)

It doens't seem to bother him at all, no itching/scratching, and his hair is getting thicker so unless you look for it you can't see it.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 07:56 PM

Yep - really common - Hugh still gets it and he's nearly 3!!

We just use a bit of olive oil on his head in the bath every now and then - just put in on, leave it for 5 minutes and then wash it off - works really well :-)

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:49 PM

Thanks Nin79, another option for me to try!

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:28 AM

i had cradle cap until i was about 13, yup, thats right 13!!



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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:59 AM

My daughter is 3.5 and she still gets it. We use olive oil every few months - I rub it on about half an hour before her bath and then wash it off. It takes 2 shampoos to wash out though, which she hates.

Interestingly I also use Gaia shampoo, I wonder if there is a connection? Anyway perhaps I will stop shampooing for a while and see what happens. Rosie will be delighted - she hates having her hair washed laugh.gif
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 09:10 AM

Yep, my DD is nearly 3 and still gets it. Doesnt help that she wont let us wash her hair properly!! DH is always trying to pick at it.
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