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April 26th, 2014, 12:57 PM
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DS2 came home from the hospital with dry flaky skin on his head, shoulders and feet. The nursery nurse told us to put Aquaphor on him to help combat the dry skin, so we did. His feet and shoulders cleared up in about 2 weeks, but his head stayed dry and flaky. If I brush his hair, so much dry skin flakes off his scalp it looks like someone dusted him with coconut flakes.

Can babies be born with cradle cap? Or is this just dry skin? We bathe every two days and I've been using the Aquaphor. What else can I do?
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April 27th, 2014, 09:14 PM
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I would try spacing out his baths longer. Babies don't need baths really that often, unless they get sweaty or something. You can always just give his little bum a soak in the sink every couple of days as far as the diaper area goes, but not wash his hair. Some babies have really sensitive/dry skin, and I think it's normal for newborns to be on the dry side.
If you don't care about how it would look, you could put some coconut oil on his scalp and just leave it on for a day or two, let it soak in real good. I love coconut oil for a moisturizer, it's so natural--nothing added. You could also try looking for a really natural soap, if you're using something like Johnson & Johnson, some people have issues with the sodium laureth sulfate, or perfumes, etc etc. I like Kiss My Face soap, just the plain olive oil soap in a bar is about as simple as you can get.
As far as whether it's dry skin or cradle cap, I am thinking dry skin, because cradle cap is scaly, but doesn't really flake off much. Also, the flakes are yellow with cradle cap, not white.
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April 28th, 2014, 05:16 AM
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April 28th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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I too have heard recommendations for coconut oil, though I have no personal experience with it.
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April 28th, 2014, 12:14 PM
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Oh I love the coconut oil. I use it on myself as a moisturizer so I would try that. wondering if the dr skin just turned into cradle cap. Christian had really dry skin on his feet when he was born but not his head.
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