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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:05 AM

So I knew 3yo DDs scalf was a little flaky / dry, but I saw it in the sunlight today and it's full on cradle cap, big crusts over her scalp.

Her hair is washed thoroughy twice daily, so we obviously need some new products. So hit me with what works - I've heard a lot about moo goo?

#2 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:14 AM

Is there a reason why you're washing her hair so often? That could very well be contributing to the cradle cap. A couple of washes a week should be all that's required under normal circumstances.

Plain old olive oil works pretty well. Leave it in for a while, comb it through, then wash the hair. Never had to use anything else.

#3 judy_

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:31 AM

Moogoo products - the shampoo and the Scalp cream.
When DS1's cradle cap was bad I would shampoo and rub the cream into his scalp and leave overnight and then rinse out the next day. Repeat for a couple of days.

You definately do not need to wash a kid's hair every day.  Once I get rid of the cradle cap (it takes 3 days or so of the above routine) I only wash once a week.

our problem was the lack of brushing whcih helps move natural oils around.

#4 mmk

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:32 AM

DS only had it as a baby but olive oil worked for us too. I just put it in and left it overnight. A couple of days later it was gone. It wasn't severe though. I'd try olive oil while u're sourcing some moo goo.

#5 BVB09

Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:07 AM

I tried olive oil - didn't work
washing hair    - didn't work
not washing hair - didn't work

Then I tried some soap free all over body wash (can be used to wash hair as well) by DERMAVEEN, worked very well. I am also using DERMAVEEN OITMENT with Colloidal Oatmeal, I use it all over DD body as she suffers from mild skin conditions. I rub this in her scalp nearly everyday. She still has cradle cap, but not as severe.

This has been the only product that has helped so far !

#6 roses7

Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:23 AM

DD had persistent cradle cap until she was about 5. I used olive oil which worked but it always came back. In the end the combination of moogoo scalp cream plus twice daily brushing with a fairly stiff brush finally worked and she hasn't had cc for almost a year.

I wouldn't be washing hair any more than once or twice a week. We do it once a week.

#7 belsy

Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:23 AM

Try Mustela foam shampoo.


I tried the rest and this is the only thing that worked.

I agree with PP that washing two times a day is excessive.  You need the natural oils in your child's scalp to come out.  I would try washing every second day to begin with and then stretch it out to twice a week.

#8 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

I just leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and that softens it, I use one of those round, palm size brushes (the ones guys use) to give it a little massage in, rinse as usual and most of it combs out, recomb/brush when dry and most will be gone.

As per pp, I think you're washing too much.  PP's also mentioned not brushing enough, my DD's hair is still very fine and hasn't got a lot of length so doesn't need brushing as much so that's why she still gets it.

#9 notjustyet

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

We got a product from the chemist that is basically an oil that you put on the crusty bits each day for several days. It says not to scrape off the crusts with your finger as it will make it worse.

After about 4 days of DS having an oily head his cradle cap cleared up. He still hates us washing his hair but at least the cradle cap is now gone. DD has it now, she is 3 months, but gets bad eczema if we use any soap or anything perfumed so we're leaving it alone for now.

Washing twice a day would be making it worse. You should only wash once every 2 to3 days at least or you mess with the natural scalp oils etc.

#10 SummerStar

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

For all of my kids that have had it all I've done is rub baby oil into their head an hour or so before a bath then wash it out. From the 3 experiences I've had its never returned.
I too think washing hair that much is a bit excessive and wouldn't be helping.

Edited by SummerStar, 14 March 2012 - 08:39 AM.

#11 tothebeach

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:46 AM

Do you need to do anything about it?  DS had it as a baby.  He had lots of hair so it wasn't noticable.  I didn't do anything and I guess eventually it went away.  At least, I assume so  - maybe I should check...

#12 Isolabella

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

Bad Skin family here.

2, 4 & 6yo still suffer at times

Moo Goo Scalp Cream is what I use to remove it when it really builds up. Apply thickly to scalp for a day or two and then comb out with a nit comb.

Olive Oil, Bi-Carb etc did nothing.

Other item which helped was the Mustela stuff.

So Moo Goo and Mustela


Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

Whoops, I meant to say every second day! That's what you get for posting late at night... She needs her hair washed that often due to kinder / hat / sweat / sand pit etc, so we might switch to the moo goo shampoo. The only problem I'm thinking with the scalp creams etc is that being older, not a baby, she has a lot more hair unsure.gif

PP who asked if you need to treat it - well, it doesn't hurt them or anything, but I don't really want my kids having big crusts over their heads, and I certainly wouldn't want it on myself wink.gif

Edit to add: Thank you everyone for your replies and recommendations - much appreciated!

Edited by SCARFACE CLAW, 14 March 2012 - 04:00 PM.

#14 Nicole

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

A bit of baby oil massaged in and a nit comb always worker for me. Most importantly, always rinse with clean water, never, ever use the bath water.


Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

QUOTE (Nicole @ 14/03/2012, 09:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A bit of baby oil massaged in and a nit comb always worker for me. Most importantly, always rinse with clean water, never, ever use the bath water.

Oh I hadn't thought of this! Does the bathwater leave excess shampoo or something? I'll tell DH (he's in charge of hair washing!). I'm going down to a local shop tomorrow which sells goat milk shampoos etc, and I'll give that a try.

#16 *Finn*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:14 PM

Yea moo goo all the way!

DD had it terribly around 5 months old. I tried everything but the improvement didn't last long. Moo goo was fantastic but I had to physically sit there and lift the yucky pieces from her scalp it was that thick,

#17 Isolabella

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:16 AM

No my 2 ,4 & 6yo have it really bad. The scalp cream is really the only thing which works.

When DS2 was 3yo I attempted just to pick out the CC.... he ended up with a bald patch 1x2 inches long. Thankfully that area grew back thicker then ever.

The boys have very thick longer hair (I need to keep it longer so the CC is not as easy to see).

So not just NB with not much hair here.

#18 ubermum

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:21 AM

Bicarb soda.

Make it up to a paste with water, smear on the cradle cap and leave until it dries. It's a little messy but at least no stains or oil marks on things. Wash out in the shower or bath. Ours was all gone in one application, yours may take a few but you should see improvement from the first go. Cheap, easy treatment with stuff you probably have in your house already, with no need to pick at their head.

#19 lamarque

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

Make a paste of bi carb soda and olive oil. Coat head and send them to bed. Wash off in morning. HTH

#20 *mylittleprince*

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:33 AM

I would only wash 2 - 3 times a week maximum. If her hair is sweaty or she's accidently put food/sand/etc in it, just wipe it down with a wet cloth. I second MooGoo products.

#21 Mamabug

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:38 AM

We use Moogoo shampoo and conditioner, and when they have had cradlecap, Moogoo scalp cream. Three days is the longest I have had to use it.

I rub it in with a good massage, leave for about 10 minutes then gently comb through with a lice comb. It lifts the worst of the crustiness on the first comb. Then I rub some in at night and use a soft bristle brush the next morning.

I find the Moogoo doesn't leave an oily residue like olive oil has (tried that with #1 - she had cradle cap that came right down her forehead, eyebrows and bridge of nose...was a lovely look!).

www.moogoo.com.au - you can order online.

#22 Monket

Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:49 AM

I used head and shoulders shampoo...once....and it went away!

#23 Soontobegran

Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

I think the key is to make sure whatever you wash the hair with that you really massage it well into the scalp. The massage improves the blood flow to the area and skin will not get so dry.

I am a simple olive oil and then a good shampoo and comb out the dry skin type of person. original.gif (repeating this every wash until it is gone)

#24 SeaPrincess

Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:30 AM

I'm not convinced that washing makes it worse or better, I have a friend with twins and one had cradle cap and the other didn't - they had their hair washed the same way and the same frequency.  She used baby oil, and so did I when DD got cradle cap.

#25 wallofdodo

Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:03 AM

The only time we really have been rid of it was when my guy had Nits. So I recommend conditioner and combing. But that is probably the same as olive oil and combing.

I must get onto it again.

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