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How can I cure cradle cap and eczema completely in a 4-month-old baby?

I am using baby oil for her hair and combing it. It takes away some of the cradle cap, but not all of it. I’ve also tried using a toothbrush.

I also found some liquid on her head. Is that common? I am using hydrocortisone cream for eczema. Now it seems to be under control. How do I prevent it from coming again?


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Treatments For Cradle Cap And Eczema In Babies

Since cradle cap is due to immature enzyme production in newborn babies, you can’t really clear it up once and for all until the baby is old enough. But you can use Borago oil to treat it. Very efficient! Learn more about treating cradle cap here.

Eczema is a whole other business. Actually, science doesn’t really know why it occurs! Babies often get eczema because of their skin is too dry. It can also be due to food allergies or being sensitive to detergents, for example.

Try to avoid soap as much as you can for your baby, since it really makes the skin dry.

Use a good baby lotion if you have to. And watch for signs of allergies. You can find several more suggestions on how to mitigate a baby’s dry eczema here.

Good luck!

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Feb 21, 2015

Cradle Cap and Eczema

by: Anonymous

My granddaughter has cradle cap and someone suggested that after changing a wet diaper that I rub the top of her head with the wet diaper allow her head to dry and then wash her hair in a hypoallergenic shampoo and rub it with a regular adult wash cloth. I tried it and it worked the cradle cap came right off.

She also has eczema. We use Aquaphor and hydrocortisone cream to keep it under control. Her doctor told us not to put any type of lotion on her because regular lotions contain alcohol which dries the skin out even more and will cause the eczema to burn when applied. She recommended using ointments or just plain old vaseline instead of lotions because the Aquaphor and vaseline do not contain alcohol. She also suggested bathing every other day because water dries the skin. We rub her down in Aquaphor twice daily and the difference in her skin is amazing. She no longer screams and cries as she did when we were putting lotion on her. After switching to the Aquaphor her eczema has gotten much better and we only have to use the hydrocortisone cream sporadically when she gets small red patches. We also switched laundry detergents, we are now using Tide free and Bounce dryer sheets that contain no dyes or perfumes this has helped clear up eczema tremendously.

Jun 08, 2015

Cradle Cap

by: Anonymous

This worked for both my children. I always kept a baby brush at the tub. Every time I bathed them I brushed their head with the brush and some baby shampoo for about three minutes. I started the brushing at first bath and continued the brushing till about 4 months old. They both got cradle cap once around 1 1/2 month but only lasted about two days and never returned. And it wasnt even so much that anyone else noticed. Just a little dryness on the head that showed up if you rubbed your fingernail lightly over their scalp but other than that you couldnt really tell. It wasnt a buildup like I have seen on some baby’s heads. So keep those brushes handy and brush in circular motions for three minutes EVERY time you bathe them and a little more if you notice a build up.

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