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A.J has is REALLY bad.. I wasn't able to leave it alone like most stated because it oozed/weaped yellow clear liquid and then, it got infected and now he's on a antibiotic. He's been battling this for a month now
Here's the advice I got from my Peds..
We were told, apply baby oil for 30 minutes and wash with head and shoulders.. Only wash the hair twice a week.. This helped with the scales but we had the weaping problem and it is still vary irritated.. We used a low strength steroid cream but it was still inflamed..
So I wanted a second opinion. I made an appointment with the dermatologist because it was getting worse redness wise (not scales).. We got a new steroid lotion.. Since the scales are gone, we were instructed not to use head and shoulders, but a vary mild shampoo that I purchased at the dermatologist..
The dermatologist said I did everything right.. I hated going around the pediatrician, but I wanted a second opinion..
A.J's was bad though and he has eczema on top of it.. I don't think anyone on here had it as bad as my lil man has.. He also as a nice bald spot on the lower side of his head and a small one on the right.. Easily fixed by just giving him a hair cut on the back.. Luckily the top of his head didn't get that bad..
We have been battling for at least a month, but finally had some success...
Initially I was applying olive oil to loosen the scales, combing thru and shampooing with CaliBaby. Was great, until the next morning, when the scales would come back! We did this for at least 2 weeks.
So, tried the $12 Stelaker cream next...same story.
Then, we kind of realized that Piper's scalp was just sucking up those oils, and maybe, there was a dryness problem on top of the cradle cap. SO, finally last weekend, hubby took her in the tub for almost an hour, combing off the scales, shampooing, repeating...then, we slathered her head with the CaliBaby calendula cream (which also worked wonders on her yeast infection, btw) about 3 times that day, and lo and behold...bingo! It's not totally gone, but mostly...whew!
Good luck with yours!
Olive oil 15 minutes before a bath and a fined tooth comb worked well for both my boys, but theirs wasn't too bad. I've only done the oil treatment on Abe once, and left it alone since then. It's gotten better as time has gone by.
Losing hair is pretty normal. parker has pretty much none left.
he had some nasty cradle cap at first.. and nothing we did would help.
He got what we were told was cradle cap on his face, and cetaphil cleared that right up
Some advice I was given but didn't try was to rub baby oil on baby's head with one of those soft brushes (massage it in), and then rinse with water.