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#1 of 4 Old 10-13-2008, 11:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS2 is three months and a week old. About two weeks after birth, his scalp erupted in a terrible case of baby acne (like, hundreds of pus-y whiteheads). After about three weeks, they started busting and going away on their own, and as this happened, he developed a horrible case of cradle cap. The only thing I did was put olive oil on his head, and leave it there for about 15 minutes, before tossing him into a warm bath, and gently scrubbing with the 'scratchy' side of the baby facecloth. It helped, but only a little. I otherwise left it alone. It took almost the next two months for it to go away. Then his head was clear for about a week before he started to develop cradle cap again. This time he scratches and picks at it. Maybe it's because he couldn't figure out his hands to do that before; but now he's picking at his head until it leaves little bleed spots. What's up with this? Is cradle cap itchy, or might this be something else? What do I do for him? I feel so bad, poor little guy!

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My DD has exactly this. Was cradle cap that went away with olive oil, then it appears to be trying to come back. She still scratches at her head now so I have to keep her nails really short and she wears mittens when asleep.

Coconut oil has helped clear it a bit, but the itch is still there. Sorry I cant be of more help

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What about Tea Tree Oil....?

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Could be eczema. What we thought was severe cradle cap was actually eczema and was cleared when I eliminated dairy from my diet (EBF). I dont know if this is the case for you, but I know there are a lot of mamas who have had this problem. BTW, eczema does itch.
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