Cradle Cap Remedies for Children

Olive Oil
Posted by Anna (London, Greater London) on 01/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Ailment-Cradle Cap -- Remedy: Olive Oil YAY

My sister is a hair dresser. She says some adults still have cradle cap! If you don't deal with it, it doesn't always go!

Both my babies had cradle cap. With my daughter I did nothing, believing it would just go in time. Not all of it did. Eventually her hair grew and it just became hidden. When she was 2 I decided to do something about it!

Pour olive oil liberally over your (baby's) head about about 20 minutes before a shower/bath. The oil softens and loosens the cradle cap. Gently scrape it off with a comb when washing the hair. If it is sticking, do not force it or it can get sore, just do it again another day. It can take a few goes.

When my son was born I did it when he was a few weeks old. You don't need to use shampoo if you don't want to.

This is also a nice, soothing thing to do if you have an itchy dry scalp. Just omit the combing part!

Olive Oil
Posted by Katylady82 (Katy, Tx, Usa) on 03/08/2010
1 out of 5 stars

i agree!!! both my daughters (1 yr and 2yrs) have it still. I only had two things advised to me by the doctor. i was told either use oil oil or dandruff shampoo) it was extremely hard to do either. The dandruff shampoo is not tear free and if it even barely got into their eyes they would be in a lot of discomfort. the olive oil took 10 washes to get out of their hair!!!! i literally washed their hair for 45 minutes each time. we gave up on it after not seeing any results, but now i am happy i found the baking soda remedy and i will update after i try it a few days!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Emily (Charlotte, NC) on 11/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I nanny for infant twins who had terrible cradle cap. We began using a cotton ball to apply undiluted organic apple cider vinegar to their heads twice on bath day only, which is twice a week for them. To my knowledge, this was just to control the smell. Within a week or so, the cradle cap had drastically improved and after 2 weeks, was completely gone. We continue the application to ensure that it doesn't come back. I'm a believer and now am looking into remedies for myself!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brijette (Bettendorf, Iowa)
5 out of 5 stars

My Chiropractor told me to use vinegar on my baby girl's cradle cap. I applied it straight and let it sit for 10 minutes before her bath. I've done this only four times now and her cradle cap is almost gone already!!! Maybe this straight vinegar treatment could work for other scalp problems as well.



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