Getting Rid of Stubborn Cradle Cap

As any parent of a baby with cradle cap surely knows it can be stubborn stuff. Getting rid of it can be very difficult. Cradle cap is sort of like baby dandruff. It is a film that forms on the baby’s head, sort of like sticky little scabs. Doctor’s don’t really know exactly what causes it, but they suspect it is caused by the rush of hormones to the baby during delivery. Some baby’s don’t get it at all, others get only a minor case that goes away quickly, while others get a stubborn case that can stick around for quite a while.

My daughter has had a very stubborn case of cradle cap since she was born. We have tried everything to get rid of it. For those of you trying to battle your own child’s cradle cap I thought I would share with you what we did, both what worked and what didn’t.

At first I didn’t think I would worry about it. My daughter has pretty sensitive skin (just like her mom!) so I didn’t want to fiddle too much with it. It didn’t seem to bother her and it didn’t really bother us either. So, for the first few months I didn’t do anything. At one of our appointments with the pediatrician she suggested trying the dandruff shampoo, Selsun Blue. She had used it on her daughter and had pretty good success with it. We thought we would give it a try, it did get rid of a little bit of the cradle cap, but not much. I tried it a couple of times and didn’t really have any success with it. I pretty much gave up and figured I would just let it go away on its own. However, a few weeks ago our waitress at dinner happened to also be a skin care specialist. She mentioned that one of her children had a stubborn case of cradle cap when he was a baby. Her recommendation was to use oil on her head to loosen it and then I should be able to comb it out. I mentioned that my daughter’s skin is sensitive and she reacts to baby oil. She recommend something that would be a little more gentle on the skin, like olive oil or grape seed oil.

Well I am happy to report that it worked. I had to do it a couple of times and for the most part it is all gone. Here’s what I did:

  • Rub olive oil (can also use grape seed oil) onto the affected area.
  • Using a baby comb gently comb out the loosened flakes.
  • Use your finger nails to rub up any stubborn spots.
  • Wash baby’s hair immediately (I did a double wash both times).

I admit I was a little skeptical at first, but surprisingly it seems to have worked like a charm. The olive oil was gentle enough that it didn’t bother her skin at all. If you are battling a stubborn case of cradle cap I would recommend giving this method a try.

Have you battled stubborn cradle cap on your own child, what worked for you?

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2 comments on “Getting Rid of Stubborn Cradle Cap

  1. Thanks, Lisa – I’m sending your article to a friend we saw on the weekend who is worried about her baby’s cradle cap!
    I had 1 child who really had cradle cap and nothing seemed to work for long.
    I know it’s hard to believe that Baby oil can be hard on the skin but I can’t use it either! Just like I can’t use the most popular skin moisturizer soap on the market – it totally dries out my skin 🙁

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