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my dd has some stubborn cradle cap. It looks pretty nasty, and if i try to rub it off, her beautiful hair comes out with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Does it itch? It seems like that might itch, and it looked like she was tryin got scratch her head earlier.<br><br>
So what do I do about it? Leave it alone? (but if its itching her.. clearing it up would be preferred) Break out some baby oil and a soft baby brush and brush it out along with her *sob* hair? If I do that isn't it pretty much doomed to come back anyway? And the hair that comes out with the flakes, is that doomed to fall out whether i leave it alone or pick at it?<br><br>
we use this baby wash, btw <a href="http://www.simplepurebaby.com/all_natural_baby_wash.html" target="_blank">http://www.simplepurebaby.com/all_na...baby_wash.html</a>
 

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What worked for us was to rub oil into DS's head and let it sit for several minutes, or as long as you have time for it, then put soap on his brush and run it across his head. The oil would soften it, and the soap seemed to help the brush glide through his hair.
 

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I recommend the oil and brushing it out trick, then shampoo to get the oil out. Yes, the hair will come out, but that's hair that she'd normally lose anyway. Both my sons lost their hair and regrew new hair. Both have cradle cap. I didn't do anything with my older son's cradle cap until after he was 2, and he still has it pretty bad. I need to just attack him with oil and scrubby brush like every night for a week, and maybe that will take care of it.<br><br>
If you keep it at bay now, it will probably stay away eventually, whereas if you let it take over, you might not be able to get rid of it.
 

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we're still working on ds' cc. he's got a full head of hair (none fell out) and it is really hard for me to do the oil trick, cause it is hard to get the oil to saturate his scalp, i end up running my nails lightly across his scalp and encouraging it to come out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Castille soap worked wonders for us. I would put some calendula oil on, let it soak in and then wash with castille soap. It didnt' clear it up completely, but it did make it better.
 

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DS1 still has some CC at almost 4yrs !! I've tried it all. . . What I have recently discovered is a break through for us- JOJOBA OIL!!!<br><br>
It really keeps it in check and from multiplying. I just rub it in and let it sit, even at times for a day or two. I then work on scrubing the scalp during baths to remove excess.<br><br>
The Jojoba helps equalize the over active oil secretions from the scalp, which I believe is what causes CC in the first place. All I know is that w/ my boys it has done what no other oil or oat rub can do.
 

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My dd had wicked cradle cap, it went all the way to her eyebrows. What finally worked was Burt's Bees dandruff shampoo. It smells like crapola but it worked! It's basically dandruff so a natural dandruff shampoo can work wonders.
 

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dd now 2 yo had this and now ds 4 mo has it too. I found out dh's side of the family has something of this too. I tried oils and didn't find it worked and was a big pain.<br><br>
Then when dd was over a year old our naturopath gave her some fish oil and it was ssooooooooooo effective!!!!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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ooh i'll look into some jojoba oil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> we just tonight tried some burts bees apricot baby oil and it seemed to work okay (the real test is how much comes back though, eh?) i was combing it out for a good while but she has had enough! its kinda tough to get the flakes out of her hair. she's got a couple inches. i'm tempted to use the cats' flea comb to get some of it out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> its pretty easy to loosen it, not so much to pick it out of her hair (that she, thankfully, still has a bit left of!)<br><br>
thanks for the tips!
 

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I'll share a tip I learned here on MDC. It worked and I had tried everything else (with the exception of medicated shampoos, that is).<br><br>
Get some borage oil. It comes in gel caps....you can get it at a health food store. Stick a needle in the gel cap and squeeze out the oil. Apply topically to cradle cap twice a day. In two weeks, it will either be mostly or totally gone. It took us about 2 1/2 weeks.<br><br>
I still use it to keep his scalp moisturized and to prevent a return.
 

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I found what worked wonders on my son's was Rosebud Salve:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRosebud-Perfume-Co-Salve%2Fdp%2FB00021BD1M" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Rosebud-Perfum.../dp/B00021BD1M</a><br><br>
It's not especially cheap for the size of the tin, but it works on EVERYTHING. I put it on his head and by night there was a NOTICABLE difference and by morning it was gone. I had to put it on once more a few days later, and haven't had a problem since.<br><br>
Also, it works great for burns. I scortched my hand in the oven one day...I actually turned the skin brown. I should have a nasty scar. I put that salve on it ONCE, right after it happened, and now you can't even tell I was ever burnt.<br><br>
The stuff is FABULOUS. It also says on the tin that it works well for diaper rash, but I've never had a problem with that, anyway.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Castille soap worked wonders for us. I would put some calendula oil on, let it soak in and then wash with castille soap. It didnt' clear it up completely, but it did make it better.</div>
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which castile soap did you use?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found what worked wonders on my son's was Rosebud Salve:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRosebud-Perfume-Co-Salve%2Fdp%2FB00021BD1M" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Rosebud-Perfum.../dp/B00021BD1M</a><br></div>
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What are the ingredients? This stuff looks interesting.
 

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We tried olive oil, and it worked okay, but not great. Next try was baby oil, let it sit for a few hours, and then gently worked it out with a soft baby brush. That worked really well. Warning, though - it took about a week for all the greasiness to wash out, so you probably wouldn't want to try it before a portrait session or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What are the ingredients? This stuff looks interesting.</div>
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Good question...I'll check when I get home. I swear by the stuff.
 
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