Infant losing hair from cradle cap....help.

My daughter is almost 5 months and has adorable curls (she got them from me!) and I really hope she keeps them. Some of her hair has naturally fallen out and some has come off because of scrubbing away cradle cap. I use shampoo to soften the scales and then use the little scrubby from the hospital. The hair she has kept is getting longer and shinier with pretty curls but a lot is coming out. Any recommendations for cradle cap and any guesses about whether she will lose her hair or keep her curls. Thanks!
My son got cradle cap as an infant. We applied Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (most times used Olive because it was way cheaper) to the affected scalp areas, gently massaged the oil into his scalp, waited about 10-15 mintues, gently brushed off flakes with one of those soft infant brushes, and gently washed with baby poo or rinsed with water + tiniest amount of baby shampoo to get off the flakes and remove excess oil. I did not force areas of flakes to loosen by scrubbing or rubbing, just gentle motions (as he got cradle cap when he still had baby's soft spot). If flakes didn't brush off after gentle brushing motions, I waited until next day to do the process over, using tiniest amount of shampoo if back to back to avoid overdrying, and most often that did the trick for stubborn spots. At one point, his father used one of those "roughy"-baby terrycloth washrags to loosen up the flakes after the oiling because the flakes were suddenly very hard in one spot. I was terribly afraid of creating any scalp sores or ways for the cradle cap to turn into a yeast infection.

If you notice lots of redness, lots of itchness and anything oozing or the cradle cap moves to ears and neck, head to your daughter's pedia and make sure the cradle cap hasn't developed yeast or presented another skin issue.

If in doubt about anthing, including any advice given here, ask your daughter's pedia.

My son lost hair that was 'trapped' in the flakes. I expected that to happen, but, still, I was worried about regrowth, as at one time there was just lots of flakes and hair removed. But, it didn't affect him negatively in the long run as he had very long and thick hair by age three, no bald spots, no permenant scarring, no yeast or other skin infections, not even his ezcema surfaced on his scalp.

Many kids go thru hair texture changes that might affect curliness regardless if they ever had cradle cap or not. My son had loose 2 range curls as baby and toddler and then around age 5-6 he started to get tight 3b/3c corkscrew curls. Big change. And, the longer his hair gets the tighter those corskcrews become in some areas while others are starting to turn back into the looser curls. My youngest daughter never had cradle cap and went from loose somewhat 3ish/some 2ish curls to having mostly 2 range of WL curls now.

Think that just happens. You'll likely not know what your baby's "permenant" post-cradle crap and natural baby hair loss hair texture/curl pattern will end up being like until the cradle cap issue resolves, more of your little one's hair grows, and she's past year one. HTH
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 04-04-2009 at 12:05 AM.
Both my boys got cradle cap as infants and we handled them completely differently. The first one we did the olive oil treatment. But unfortunately he had to go in to the hospital for a week and ended up losing all of his hair anyway. And with the second baby we had a new ped and he said to use head and shoulders. Yeah, I thought he was nuts too.

Anyhow, we did it and only had to do it once and the cradle cap never came back after that. It didn't affect his hair or scalp at all. We just used a tiny swipe of it and gently rubbed it over his whole scalp and rinsed. That was it, all gone. He never lost any hair. He was born with a bunch of hair and still has a big head full of hair.

I would check with your pediatrician like madhuri_dixit_fan said, before you implement any treatments on your little one.

Good luck.
Both my boys got cradle cap as infants and we handled them completely differently. The first one we did the olive oil treatment. But unfortunately he had to go in to the hospital for a week and ended up losing all of his hair anyway. And with the second baby we had a new ped and he said to use head and shoulders. Yeah, I thought he was nuts too.

Anyhow, we did it and only had to do it once and the cradle cap never came back after that. It didn't affect his hair or scalp at all. We just used a tiny swipe of it and gently rubbed it over his whole scalp and rinsed. That was it, all gone. He never lost any hair. He was born with a bunch of hair and still has a big head full of hair.

I would check with your pediatrician like madhuri_dixit_fan said, before you implement any treatments on your little one.

Good luck.
Originally Posted by DeLaEd
With the Head & Shoulders were there any precautions? While the oil remedy worked for us, it took time to be effective as many natural remedies do, and now with your oil experience, I wonder if the oil route might have contributed to more hair loss (?) in the short term or if there was a better way for my hubz and I to have done the oil. Kinda wish my son's pedia recommended something on the order of Head & Shoulders those years ago, tho I know his dad wouldn't have used it because he has been for natural products since childhood.

Ah, so, yes, I agree best thing for OP is to head to her daughter's pedia to rule out everything and see which way to go with products for cradle cap.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC

Last edited by madhuri_dixit_fan; 04-04-2009 at 01:54 PM.
I think that the only reason the oil route still takes hair out is because the flakes that come up pulls some of the hair with it. The only precautions he gave was to use very very little amount. And to be careful to protect his eyes and just keep the soap out of his face etc.

He was so little that it worked out fine with dads help. Also, if the ped is ok with the shampoo route then I would invest in a natural shampoo. At the time where we lived we couldn't find one and I was just too anxious to get rid of it. My oldest son will be mad if he ever reads this but he lost the hair on top and looked like an old man. He had straight hair at the time and I actually did a comb over because his sides were still pretty long. It was so funny, yet cute.
i used to be obessed with scrubbing my daughter's cradle cap! the oil method was a disaster because her hair stayed greasy after using it, no matter how many times i shampooed it. i ended up using one of those products marketed for cradle cap (cant remember the name but it was in a green bottle and it has winnie the pooh characters on it) and it solved the problem.
i ended up using one of those products marketed for cradle cap (cant remember the name but it was in a green bottle and it has winnie the pooh characters on it) and it solved the problem.
Originally Posted by subbrock
It's called Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care. It comes in a green bottle and has Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore on the front. I can find it at Target. I then use a fine-tooth comb to loosen the flakes and no hair comes out, unlike when I used olive oil. I then wash her hair with California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Bodywash. It's much less drying than Johnson & Johnson's.
Wish they had that Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap product 9 years ago.
RIP Natasha Richardson

Holy Grails: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner, AVG, EVO Coconut Oil, Amla Oil, KC Spiral Spritz, Brahmi Oil, Tea Tree eo, Rosemary eo, Distilled H2O, Aloe Vera Juice, Neem Oil, ACV, Dr. Bonner's Skikakai Castile Soap, Avocado Oil

Sometimes: AOMM Jelly, KCNT, KCCC
Thanks for all the advice! I figured I won't know her true texture until she's older, but I want her to keep her adorable curls! My hair actually didn't turn curly until my teen years, so I guess I'll have to be patient. I heard of the Gentle Naturals but the friend who used it hated it. Said it caused a rash or something so I haven't tried it. My poor girl has beautiful curls but she's getting funny bald spots. My hubs actually suggested shaving the rest off so it doesn't look so funny! I quickly shot that idea down!
Anyhoo...thanks for the feedback. I'm gonna look into these suggestions and see what works. You gals on here are great. I love this site so much! I don't know how to add a picture but if you want to see some of here go here: www.hunnybeemay.blogspot.com
I have always had cradle cap and am a 3b curly girl. I use deva curl products.
I don't use there shampoo but rather just the conditioner , gel, and angel spray.

when I an washing with the conditioner I use warm water and chilled apple cider vinegar occassionally I use cold saltwater when I am combing out the knots in my hair with my fingernails or with a wide toothed comb.

I leave the apple cider vinegar and conditioner combo for 10 minutes after i leave the show.

then combing through my hair with my fingers while cold water is running on it rinsing it gently in the sink.

i then rub a quarter size of deva gell on my palms and pat my hair on both sides. spray lightly with devacurl angel spray.

then while still over the sink with hair fliped down. I take a towl instead of ringing my hair out I simply ly my hair on the towel wrapping it so It is piled up on my head I release the towel after a few minutes.

let air dry shaking head and fliping hair occcassionally (like a rock star lol)

this may sound complicated but after tons of hair loss, frizz, knots and tears growing up this routin has worked for me for year to get rid of those awful oily flakes and have full soft, shinny tangle& frizz free, strong curly hair. this routine minimizes the knots and hair lose. so i can walk around with out the itch and yellow flakes
I don't know what's in it, but mustela cradle cap creme was a miracle product for us. Expensive but worth it.

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