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So my ds has some flaky cadle cap, but he also has a ton of hair, like a grown man's headful. I tried putting olive oil all over his head last night, let it sit a little while, then gave him a bath. This morning it looks like the cradle cap is still there, at least somewhat, and of course his hair is all greasy. Did I do this wrong? Or do I need to do it a few times? Is there a way to deal with getting the olive oil to his scalp past his hair that I'm not thinking of?
 

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just keep reapplying.. i found that it actually worked better if i applied the oil (and almost any organic oil will work) one evening and then washed his hair the following night.<br><br>
some say that cradle cap is a sign of food allergy, so you might keep on eye on other correlating signs.<br><br>
also, they do grow out of it without you doing anything.
 

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I'm in the exact same boat. I covered my kid with olive oil last night, and he's a total greaser this morning. And it didn't even get rid of all of the flakes.<br><br>
My ped recommended using the tiniest bit of dandruff shampoo on the affected areas (being careful not to get in the eyes, of course), but that freaks me out.
 

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when my ds had cradle cap, I put some baby oil on before I washed his hair and used a soft toothbrush to gently brush out the flakes. After a few weeks, it was all gone.
 

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We've got the same thing going on w/ DD but I've never tried to do anything about it b/c her hair covers it up and I don't think it is bad for them.<br><br>
But on the topic, I had never heard it was a food allergy... does anyone have any more info on that? and I have heard it just goes away, but DDs is still there at 11 mo... so I don't know how fast that happens
 

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My babe is not a baby anymore, but she still gets cradle cap. She's 2 and a half. My SIL gave us her bottle of Gentle Naturals cradle cap remover and it worked, but the cradle cap did eventually come back. One key is actually gently scraping the flakes off their scalp with a comb or other tool when it's all greasy.<br><br>
Don't know anything about the food allergy connection.
 

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J was the same: lots of hair, lots of cradle cap. Once somebody asked if she was contagious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
The olive oil thing worked for us (had to shampoo twice to get the greasies out) but it would only be effective for a couple of days and then the cradle cap would come back. What has worked the best for us was switching baby shampoos. We were using Burt's Bees shampoo bar, but when we switched to J&J Gentle Naturals shampoo/body wash, the cradle cap situation really improved. It also doesn't hurt her eyes when it gets in them, which the BB bar does. I'm kind of bummed about it, actually, because I love how the BB bar feels and smells. But at least she doesn't have a crusty head anymore.
 

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When my DD had cradle cap, I rubbed Burt's Bees apricot oil all over her head and let it sit for an hour. Then I combed her scalp so a lot of it flaked off and gave her a bath. I did it for about a week and it was gone!
 

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All my kids have had cradle cap. I also found the suggestion from riversong's post worked for us - oil + combing. Once I got it off, it never came back on my kid's heads.
 

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I put a tiny bit of oil on dd's forehead which was flaky. Then I was brushing her hair with a soft brush and noticed that the cradle cap was flaking off. I kept brushing (even on her forehead) till all of the flakes were gone. I had no idea it was a recommended thing to do, but it hasn't come back.<br><br>
By the way, we've only used Burt's Bees Baby Bar soap. I love it.
 

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I'm subbing, as I really want to hear if anyone has anything to say about possible allergy relations. DD is 3.5, and her head is covered in cradle cap still. I've been thinking for a while that she might have a food issue, so now I wonder if there is a relation.
 

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we used a nit comb after oiling dd's head, and that worked great
 
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