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#1 Woodland

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:32 PM

My 2 year old DS has cradle cap for the first time in his life and Im just wondering if anyone has any advice on how I should treat it? Is there a special shampoo or do I just brush it til its gone?
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:21 PM

I asked the same thing when Nathan was about 18 months old! It seems its not that uncommon to get it as a toddler.

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He had it for about a year, and now its gone. I think the 'no washing the hair for a while' approach worked best for us.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:54 PM

My 11 week old had cradle cap for weeks which sort of improved by just washing in water alone but the paediatrician recommended that I use Head and Shoulders and moisturise with olive oil. I tried it with some trepidation and it has worked. I was worried he'd have a reaction to it but he didn't.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:22 PM

Our paed said the same as above. We were told that the more of the active ingredient (which I can't remember but would if I saw the bottle), the better. We just used my DHs shampoo which is Nizoral (or something similar) and it cleared up pretty much for good. You just have to be really careful not to get it in their eyes, which is easier said than done with a toddler.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 07:57 AM

Ben still has some cradle cap at the age of 18 months, but to be honest we don't do anything for it. I find now it is starting to peel away itself so I just leave it and am hoping it will be gone at some stage.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:39 AM

Yeah DS is 2 and still has it, and it seems to have flared up again.. His hair never seems to really look greasy, so we don't really wash it very often to be honest (mainly when he decides that dinner needs to go in it)..

I'm of the ignore it and it should hopefully go away variety.. I give it a bit of a brush, but that's it



#7 Thelma

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:10 AM

yeah, we're the same. Her hair covers it up so can't really see it (I'm the only one who knows it's there). I just leave it be and pick little bits off when she gives me the chance. We very rarely wash her hair, and even then it's just with water.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:23 PM

Hmmm we have just had a resurgence too - have started using conditioner so maybe that is it, have only ever used top to toe wash on her hair, will try not washing it for a while and then head and shoulders if it doesn't go.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:17 PM

Thanks for all your replies. I have applied baby oil to DS's hair & scalp about 30 mins before his bath & then brushed his hair with a soft bristle brush while he was playing in the bath. I then shampooed his hair twice. Have done this 3 days in a row & the cradle cap has all but disappeared.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 10:50 AM

Cate still has some cradle cap at 3.5 years old. It seems to come and go a bit so wondering whether it is a bit hormonal. Although I have been told it could be from rinsing her hair with the bath water so I have been trying to do the final rinse of her hair when I wash it with fresh water from the tap.

Other than that I don't do a lot about it. It doesn't bother her and is covered by her hair so I'm not worried really.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:04 AM

QUOTE(scasey77 @ Aug 22 2011, 10:50 AM) View Post

I have been told it could be from rinsing her hair with the bath water so I have been trying to do the final rinse of her hair when I wash it with fresh water from the tap.


Interesting! I have also started rinsing his hair with clean water from the tap when he's in the bath and has had his hair washed. I wonder if that will help too. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:19 PM

This might sound weird, but my son's cradle crap went away when he played a lot in the sandpit at daycare. He'd have buckets of sand in his hair, I'd wash it, and it seems like the rough sand would exfoliate his scalp....




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