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post #21 of 37

Yeah, my mil had a similar reaction.  She said something like, "yeah, he did have a lot of diarrhea as a kid, but then he just kinda stopped talking about it"...  Before we got married my DH lived on sandwiches, pizza and beer..  No wonder he felt like crap all the time!  He also struggles with anxiety and mood swings, which I highly suspect is related for years and years of him not digesting food properly.  Intestinal health is related to mental health.  Also, he's the only guy I know that lost 20lbs when he got married.  He lost 10lbs just from eating healthier and another 10lbs when he went GF.  He still eats a ton, just healthy, gf foods. 
 

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Isn't it funny?  I guess we're more astute parents these days.  I can't believe DH's parents never addressed the issue more.  If my child was getting regular, intense migraines I'd try my hardest to make them stop.  We discussed it while they were just visiting a few weeks ago and they seemed surprised that he even had headaches ever.  Seriously?  He was totally out of commission on a regular basis and they didn't think that was weird?  Did they not hear him tell them he had headaches?  Do they not remember the doc prescribing muscle relaxers?  I was kind of shocked that they seemed surprised by it.  Weird.  



 

post #22 of 37

Evan has a little bit of very mild cradle cap, that I don't think has any real "cause" that needs to be "fixed". River, however, I think had some yeast related cradle cap, possibly allergy as well. But I dont think he had true allergies as much as he had such severe systemic yeast issues that taxed his immune system to the point where he couldn't handle much. I eliminated gluten, dairy, and soy for around 2 months, and once the yeast got taken care of, he was fine when i ate those things. Here's his head at 3 months

 

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Thats not even how bad it got.. I think in that pic it had been recently partially picked. Its kinda patchy in the pic, but it used to be over his whole head and very thickly caked on! You can also see his yeasty neck :(

post #23 of 37

Well, in comparison to that, my DD1 has a very mild case of cradle cap.  I was looking closely at photos and it looks like it didn't even start until around 5-6mo and then it was just a thin, extra layer of dead skin.  Now at 2.5yo it's pretty much the same though.  People used to comment that she had freckles on her scalp, which is the cradle cap of course..  She has been prone to yeast diaper infections (I think she's had 3 of them), which I would have never guessed could be related.  I'm going to start giving her probiotics and work at getting the cradle cap off of her head now..

post #24 of 37
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Conner's is just on the top of his head, and it's only a thin layer of "scales". lol.gif

 

I was giving him probiotics for his gas issues but stopped once his gas issues weren't an issue anymore. Maybe I should start them back up... And try the olive oil.

post #25 of 37

Nicole, I suggest continuing the probiotics for at least 3 months and then seeing how things are going.

 

Abra, that's the funny thing about our bodies... everything is related in some (some more than others obviously), but doctors never think about these connections- just the symptoms and treating those.  It's maddening.  Just today at our doctor's appointment I mentioned the acne/rash on Avery's chest and his constant spitting up and the doctor said it was nothing to worry about (of course) and that I shouldn't let anyone tell me it has anything to do with what I'm eating (of course).  He went on to say that the science behind it is ridiculous.  Hmm...  I think that he was trying to make me feel better by saying it wasn't my "fault," but I'm just standing there thinking to myself, well, I won't worry about my diet yet, but I know it's all related and I need to get more probiotics stat.  Anyway, chronic yeast issues point to an imbalance that can cause all sorts of other, seemingly unrelated issues.  Clear up the yeast and other things may fall into place as well.

post #26 of 37

Okay, we put in the effort to get rid of my DD1's cradle cap.  We coated her in olive oil for about 30 minutes, scrubbed it in with a soft tooth brush, washed her really well with shampoo and then combed the dead skin out for another 20-30 minutes.  I'm going to give her probiotics for the next few months as well. Hopefully this is a one time thing and it will be gone for good!

post #27 of 37

We haven't noticed anything new on DS1's scalp and we scrubbed his a week and a half ago.  So far so good!

post #28 of 37
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My daughter had cradle cap starting to show up and I used Calendula Cream on it - it cleared up immediately. As in after applying it! Now I just do a "touch-up" here and there. However, she had very little hair on her head at the time, which makes it way easier to apply.

 

Look for California Baby Calendula Cream (not lotion), or Earth'a Best Calendula Cream. It has kind of a funny smell, but it worked really well.

 

I also have trouble resisting the urge to pick at at - so gross!

 

Good luck!

 

There's a raging war on CA Baby's Facebook page right now because they added sodium benzoate to their calendula cream.  Some moms are saying the new formulation (which also uses a newly in-house distilled calendula extract) made their baby's skin worse.  Just an FYI... 
 

 

post #29 of 37

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There's a raging war on CA Baby's Facebook page right now because they added sodium benzoate to their calendula cream.  Some moms are saying the new formulation (which also uses a newly in-house distilled calendula extract) made their baby's skin worse.  Just an FYI... 
 


Oh no! I use California Baby Calendula Cream. irked.gif I love that stuff. Grr.

post #30 of 37

Try Weleda instead.

post #31 of 37

My 8 year old still has cradle cap. His hair is probably 18 inches long. We don't do anything to it anymore. It doesn't get better or worse, it just is. He was off wheat until he was 5 so we know the wheat didn't cause it. A naturopath did muscle testing on him and said he was allergic to brown rice. 

post #32 of 37
Thread Starter 

My kiddo's is starting to clear up on it's own?

 

So now I REALLY think it was a vaccine reaction.

post #33 of 37

I did the oil/comb trick on R's cradle cap yesterday and it worked great! I followed up with Weleda Calendula Cream. 

However, now he's got a clown hair do! Very little on top and at the crown! duh.gif

I hope the cradle cap stays away and his hair grows back in quickly!!


Edited by LunaLady - 6/29/12 at 4:32pm
post #34 of 37

Abraisme - about your vertigo - my mother has had this problem and was diagnosed as having an inner ear issue. My understanding is pretty minimal, but apparently there are crystals in our ears that we rely on for balance, etc. When they get disrupted in some way, it can lead to vertigo and dizziness. The doctor (not a naturopath) gave her exercises to do that helped move the crystals back into place. Sounds totally wacky, but it worked.

I also had several physical/medical issues go away while pregnant... it was a nice bonus!

post #35 of 37
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There's a raging war on CA Baby's Facebook page right now because they added sodium benzoate to their calendula cream.  Some moms are saying the new formulation (which also uses a newly in-house distilled calendula extract) made their baby's skin worse.  Just an FYI... 
 

 

Yes, I did pick up on this when I read the product reviews on Amazon (after already purchasing and using CA Baby Cream). My daughter luckily didn't have a reaction and it cleared up her cradle cap right away. But the stuff smells bad. I wouldn't use it as a daily "beauty" cream for that reason... more for medical use. I wonder if they will change their formula based on all the complaints?

 

post #36 of 37

Thanks for the tips.  My chiro did tell me a while back that he could help vertigo with exercises.  I will bring it up the next time I go.
 

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Abraisme - about your vertigo - my mother has had this problem and was diagnosed as having an inner ear issue. My understanding is pretty minimal, but apparently there are crystals in our ears that we rely on for balance, etc. When they get disrupted in some way, it can lead to vertigo and dizziness. The doctor (not a naturopath) gave her exercises to do that helped move the crystals back into place. Sounds totally wacky, but it worked.

I also had several physical/medical issues go away while pregnant... it was a nice bonus!



 

post #37 of 37
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Thanks for the tips.  My chiro did tell me a while back that he could help vertigo with exercises.  I will bring it up the next time I go.
 

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Abraisme - about your vertigo - my mother has had this problem and was diagnosed as having an inner ear issue. My understanding is pretty minimal, but apparently there are crystals in our ears that we rely on for balance, etc. When they get disrupted in some way, it can lead to vertigo and dizziness. The doctor (not a naturopath) gave her exercises to do that helped move the crystals back into place. Sounds totally wacky, but it worked.

I also had several physical/medical issues go away while pregnant... it was a nice bonus!



 


My mom did this, too, and said her severe motion sickness is a ton better.
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