What is Cradle Cap ?Cradle cap (also called seborrheic dermatitis) is a common and unpleasant looking build up of crusts and scales on your baby's or infant's scalp. The scales are often yellow in color.
Apply enough to leave the area looking oily. Leave on during the day and then at bath time use your favourite baby shampoo to wash the balm and softened scales from the hair. Johnson's No More Tears formula is good to mention one.
Apply the shampoo to the DRY scalp where your applied the balm and gently massage into the dry scalp. This loosens the scales and dissolves the balm. Then add enough water to the hair to work up a nice lather and massage the babies scalp with firm fingertip pressure to loosen the scales but not to pull them off.
The right pressure is just a little bit less than the baby finds uncomfortable. You can tell by their face if you are massaging too hard. Then wash the shampoo out of the hair
After drying baby use a fine tooth comb to remove any loose scales from the hair. When the hair and scalp are dry apply more balm (enough to leave the hair and scaly scalp looking oily) then repeat the treatment daily.
For sebhoehic Dermatitis on babies body (do not to this to the face or scalp) simply apply the balm twice a day. Then use a tar based bathoil like Ego "Flare-up" oil on a wet face washer in the bath to just wash those areas of the body affected. Dermaveen oatmeal baby bath is good too.
Once the skin on the body has returned to normal, use a good bathoil or Dermaveen Baby bath to mention a couple of good products commonly available.
Rash behind the knee: Itís red, oozes and has yellow crust after it oozes. Rash in neck area and other creases: little red dots around the crease; sometimes feels dry; both boys spit up a lot and drool and weíve noticed that they get more little red dots when they drool and spit up around the neck area. Rash on their scalp: The pediatrician thinks its cradle cap. It gets better and then worst again. The twins had little raised red bumps on the scalp which oozes resulting in yellow crusts on their scalp. There scalp is itchy and sometimes they bleed from the itching.The problem is definitely eczema and cradle cap. Children eventually develop their immune systems so these go away but that can take months to years in odd cases. The skin areas you have shown in you photos are inflamed so the natural protection the skin provides is not as good as it normally would be. The body sends more blood to the area to repair the damage and fight any bacteria so the area gets red and inflamed. The Hypo Allergenic Face and Body Balm is ideal for this ......MORE
I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter who is suffering from a skin condition that was diagnosed by her pediatrician as cradle cap. I have used several remedies tailored for this condition and nothing has helped her.
She has light orange patches on her scalp, neck, hairline, some on above her eyebrows and her forehead. Some of these patches are scaly. You can scrape the ones from her scalp but the rest you can not. They seem to be getting worse.
The last remedy I used was aloe vera. Since she has a MEDIUM complexion is not noticeable. Also she was blessed with full head of hair so it is quite difficult to see these patches.
Please, which of your products can you recommend for her condition? I do not like the idea of having her pediatrician refer her to a dermatologist at such a young age. . Thank you.
[Miami, FL, USA] 31 May 2006
Having a full head of hair does make treating cradle cap more difficult since you need to apply the treatment (Lavender Face and Body Balm) to the affected areas of her face and scalp so they are well covered with the balm. This will make the areas look quite oily so is best done about 4 hours or more before bathtime.
The treatment must be done daily to work.
Then at bathtime you must wash her hair by first applying shampoo to the oily areas of her head and gently massaging the area so the shampoo dissolves the balm. Then add water to her head and work into a lather. Massage the affected areas for a few minutes with firm pressure to dislodge the flakes of cradle cap. Then rinse her hair clean without using conditioner and dry her hair. When her hair is completely dry comb it with a fine tooth comb to remove any more loose flakes and you are done.
This is time-consuming but works if done every night. To prevent recurrence of the condition once it is gone I would suggest washing her hair a minimum of 3 times a week up to as often as daily. As you are able to wash your body daily you can safely wash your hair daily. The long hair, the drying and the inconvenience is a bit of a problem but this will work within 2-3 weeks.Hope this helps, Kind Regards, David.
3. [My baby girl] also has quite serious craddle cap. We tried to rub olive oil on her scalp and wash overnight. But I think we were over ambitious when rubbing the dead skin off and it was nearly infected. So we are leaving it alone at the moment but it smells pretty badly, do you have a product that you could recommend and how do we treat her craddle cap to reduce the risk of being infected.
She has a lot of hair too so made the cleaning and rubbing quite challenging. Please advice as the craddle cap is getting thicker. I otherwise will go and get the musteala shampoo and may be ask my GP to prescribe some cream for her head.28 August 2005
Our Lavender Balm or Hypo Balm is excellent for cradle cap, Apply it fairly thickly to the scalp and leave on during the day. it will be messy but is mildly antiseptic. At bathtime, gently rub about 5ml of undiluted shampoo onto the dry oily crusts.
Then add water and work into a lather using firm pressure but not enough to hurt, just enough pressure so any more pressure would be uncomfortable. This is to loosen the scale without trying to dislodge the crusts. Then after drying, use a fine tooth comb to remove loose flakes from her hair but do not try to remove crusts that are still attached.
Apply more of our Lavender Balm or Hypo Balm to the crusts and repeat the process the next day. This usually works extremely well.
I have a 12 week old son who is suffering from bad craddle cap. I have tried the Egozite oil on his head but no effect. I am now starting to use some peanut oil on his head to see how I go with this, but I am thinking I should try using Egozite again. His scalp has very thick crusts over the top of his head and he has a little bit of crusty bits on his eyebrows too.
Prior to his craddle cap he came out with a bad red rash over his face which was cleared up with some Sigmacort. I am still using the Sigmacort on his eyebrows. I have been told by my Chiropractor until his craddle cap is cleared there treatment of him will have little effect and they suggested I make contact with you.
I am desperate to find a solution. What can you suggest?
SA, Australia June 30, 2006
We have had excellent results with our Hypoallergenic face and body balm or our Lavender face and body balm. It is totally non-toxic, colourless and does not sting. It is safe to put on the eyebrows or even the eyelids even though your son may accidentally rub some in his eyes it is no problem.
It has a very mild yet effective scale removing effect . To use on the body and face apply it often during the day, say 4-6 times a day or more so a visible slightly greasy sheen is present on the affected areas. Most treatment failures we see, are when you look at the child and think to yourself "Well , where is the balm? There is no shine." So you maintain the shine on the skin with frequent applications.
Use a bath oil (not a milk and not a wash) in the bath they are all good, QV, Dermaveen, Hamiltons etc. Use a good baby shampoo such as Johnsons "No more Tears" at each bath and apply directly to the scalp add a little water and massage with you fingertips as firmly as you can without him showing signs that you are massaging too hard. Pressure needs to be almost that hard.
Where the balm comes in for the cradle cap you apply it to the scalp during the day and massage it gently in without any pressure, his hair will look a little greasy for the day but the balm will soften the scale which will be removed after several shampoos as detailed above. Repeat each day until the problem is gone
For the eyebrows use the sigmacort once a day for 3 days and the balm 3-4 times a day after the 3rd day reduce the sigmacort to every second day and maintain the balm 3-4 times a day, after another 3 days stop the sigmacort and continue with the balm until the skin is back to normal. You must not suddenly stop cortisone as you get a flare up withdrawal reaction about 2 days later if you do since cortisone acts to suppress inflammation, but only while you are using it.
Our product is designed to protect the skin with a mildly antiseptic, safe emollient which retains the skin's moisture encouraging healing. For cradle cap it softens the scales so after drying your son you may need to run a fine tooth comb thru his hair to remove any flakes that have been dislodged. Don't try to use the comb to disturb the crusts remaining as these will break down quickly enough.
You will be surprised how well it works and as you probably know , we guarantee results within 14 days too.
Hope this helps,
P.S. Rub a little into your hands at night to soften them, cleaning up after babies is rough on the hands!
Im hoping you can help, [My baby daughter] is four and a half months old and has a nasty case of Cradle Cap. It appeared the week of Christmas and I started 'treating' it by rubbing a natural baby oil into it between shampoo's one week then rubbing with a rough towel the next. this worked a little but the crusts are pretty thick so its a slow process.
A friend gave me Delva MDF Scalp Cleanser cos this worked with her kids but once again its slowly breaking up the crusts. Our Doctor recomended using Nizoral 1% but when i used it on [my baby girl] she cried cos i think it stings. Some people have told me to pick at the crusts but i think its to much and also as pieces do come off so does her hair. She looks like an over loved teddy bear who's furs coming off!!
Do you have any suggestions or mirical (miracle) cures we could try, i would prefer to use natural based products rather than chemical base solutions, if its possible.February 18, 2005
Our Lavender Balm works very well for cradle cap and does not sting. Massage it gently into the crusts in the morning. It is oily so her hair will have a bit of a greasy look.
In the evening apply your favourite baby shampoo directly to the greasy area on her scalp. Do not wet the hair first.
Work the shampoo in gently to dissolve the oiliness then add water to her hair and massage the crusts gently to work up a foam. Wash the foam out of her hair.
When doing this use firm pressure with your fingers but not hard enough so it hurts her. When her hair is dry, comb out any loose bits of crust. Do not pick at the crust as it will form scabs & worsen the problem.Repeat the treatment daily and this should work for you.
I wanted to get your advice on my sons skin condition to ensure I order the correct cream. He developed cradle cap (very mild) at around 6 weeks old (he is now 5 months old). It never developed into scales but was dry, slightly crusty and became red and irritated in patches. Shortly after this red dots began appearing on his sideburns. It looks like a red rash with small little red dots in it.
I went to a naturopath who informed me that the cradle cap was due to an overgrowth of yeast. His facial rash was apparently one and the same. As I am breastfeeding she advised me to eliminate all sugar and yeast from my diet and prescribed a probiotic for him. His scalp is now totally clear but his sideburn rash is still there. A pharmacist suggested I try Daktozin which initially worked well, however the rash is still there.
Can you please recommend which cream would be best for his condition.... Appreciate your help and look forward to your response.
Our lavender face and body balm is ideal as it has a mild antiseptic (chlorhexidine ) in it which will keep yeast under control . Simply apply it sparingly 2-3 times a day and good results should be seen within 14 days.
It is excellent for any dry skin areas and even as a lipbalm or night time cream for your hands as mothers often have dry hands from washing up after their children all day. Hope this helps.Kind Regards, David Hosking. 13 February 2007
Hi David, My name is  and I came to your pharmacy last Friday along with my 8weeks daughter. You suggested I use the Hypoallergic face & body balm for her cradle cap and rash on the face. I am very happy with the results and cradle cap is almost 95% cured. However she still has the red rash on her face, neck & shoulder.I have also noticed that the rash flares up at times and her face is covered with red spots.Would request you to let me know what steps can be taken to cure it completely. Also do let me know what I should be doing so that the cradle cap does not occur again.
Thanks for all your help. And would definately recommend the cream to other parents.
We wash our bodies daily and using baby shampoo it is good to wash her hair daily or at least every 2nd day and you should have no more cradle cap problems.The rash on her face will be slower to cure and depend on a number of things, teething makes it worse, getting a cold or other minor childhood illness makes it flare up and hot humid weather also makes it worse. The balm will help keep it under control especially applied before and after feeding and at bedtime.
33% of all babies get eczema at some stage and almost all of them grow out of it. It tends to be a stage they go thru rather than a problem that can be immediately fixed. At 8weeks old you may have the problem for a while. Cortisone would clear it up for a time by suppressing it which is why I don't recommend it unless the problem is very bad. Cortisone can be absorbed into the body and she will grow out of the problem at some stage.It is hard to say when, as children are so variable. The important thing is to be reassured you are doing the right thing and as her body and immune system grows the problem will disappear. The balm protects and heals it to maximize her bodies attempt to heal it. So in short, the answer is to keep using it but use it very lightly on hot and humid days and more thickly on cold winter days (not a problem yet!) I hope this helps. Do stay in touch if I can be of further assistance. Kind Regards,
Dear Davis: I've read your product information and was very impressed. However, to be sure that I order the correct products, I would like to inform you about my son's case. Please advise:He is 6 month old now and has been DX with Eczema since he was 6 week old. He has eczema all over his body including cheeks, chin, around the mouth, neck, chest, tummy and arms and legs. He has diaper rash now that he started to use the bouncer, jumper and walker. He also has a mild case of cradle cap. He was prescribed steroid cream to use but as soon as I stop it, it flares up.
Currently, he has very itchy scalp (often scratching head). I don't see much white flakes on his scalp besides the red patches especially at the temp area where he scatches the most. He also has rash on his chin, behind his ear by the hair line, around his mouth, under his chin. Very often, his eyebrows would get bumpy and red and itchy.What products should I purchase ?, how to use them. Are they safe for a 6 month old infant ?
Apply it sparingly all over the affected areas after his bath and reapply frequently up to 4-6 times a day. The skin will improve rapidly but the itchiness will take longer to clear up. Babies tend to scratch more at night so if needed apply hydrocortisone to the itchy areas then apply lavender balm over the top to protect the skin.The lavender balm is safe for use near the eyes and even on the eyelids and does not sting. Around his cheeks and mouth apply before and after a feed and more thickly at bedtime.
Use the lavender balm to clear up his cradle cap by massaging some into his scalp several hours before his bath. Use a bath shampoo such as Johnson & Johnson's No More Tears or a similar baby shampoo. When washing his hair use the following procedure to rapidly eliminate the cradle capFor diaper rash use our nappy rash cream. It works very quickly and is best used with a very absorbent disposable nappy. It is a thick protective cream and you will see results within 2 days. If he has frequent loose bowel motions this will make the nappy rash more difficult to clear up but you will still find it is an extremely effective product. It will also help any eczema in the nappy area so you wont need to use the lavender balm in the nappy area at the same time.
Once the nappy rash has cleared up, you can stop using the nappy rash cream and just use it if you get a recurrence of it. There is no need to use cortisone for nappy rash at any time.Kind Regards,
I have twin boys who are almost 7 months old. We have been dealing w/ cradle cap and eczema (at least thatís what the doctorís tell us) since they were about 2 months. There condition has improved but it doesnít seem to go away. They would get flare ups usually on their scalp and in the creases i.e. neck, behind knee, behind elbow, ankle area. Also they had little red dots and excess dryness on their body. This had improved but their legs sometimes have raised red bumps and the skin feels think and dry. We initially used aquaphor but now we only use it on their neck and diaper area. We are now using the aveeno lotion on their body. Weíve noticed one of the twins gets red when we tried switching him to soy but weíre not sure if itís an allergic reaction or just another flare up. We currently feed them Good Start formula. Also weíve noticed when they are hot, their skin seems to be a lot worst w/ more little red dots in the creases and then on their torso. I have included pictures and the descriptions is as follows:
Description of the rash behind the knee: Itís red, oozes and has yellow crust after it oozes. Weíve tried aquaphor and have used Verdeso which has helped a little bit but does not get rid of it and it keeps coming back when we stop using it.
Description of the rash in neck area and other creases: little red dots around the crease; sometimes feels dry; both boys spit up a lot and drool and weíve noticed that they get more little red dots when they drool and spit up around the neck area. Weíve been putting aquaphor on the neck and noticed when they just wake up from their sleep, their neck is clear. Iím guessing its b/c they didnít spit up or drool while they were asleep.
Description of the rash on their scalp: The pediatrician thinks its cradle cap. It gets better and then worst again. The twins had little raised red bumps on the scalp which oozes resulting in yellow crusts on their scalp. There scalp is itchy and sometimes they bleed from the itching. We now keep their nails very short to prevent skin breaking. We have tried olive oil, baby oil and am now just using Vaseline after their bath and in the morning which helps get rid most of the yellow crust but we can still see red patches on their head, slight oozing and they are still itching. When we stopped using the Vaseline, the yellow crust came back immediately, oozes a lot more and more little raised red bumps. We had also used Verdeso on their scalp but it doesnít do much for it as it always return when we stop using it. The olive oil and selsun blue didnít work and seem to have made it worst. The baby oil did help get rid of the yellow crust but didnít get rid of it completely either. We are currently use the baby aveeno wash which is both for their head and body.
Please let me know if the Hypoallergenic Face and Body Balm would help my twins boys. Any advice would be much appreciated.
The problem is definitely eczema and cradle cap. Children eventually develop their immune systems so these go away but that can take months to years in odd cases. Almost all children are free of it by 5 years old.
The skin areas you have shown in you photos are inflamed so the natural protection the skin provides is not as good as it normally would be. The body sends more blood to the area to repair the damage and fight any bacteria so the area gets red and inflamed.
The hypo allergenic face and body balm is ideal for this and should be applied about 4 times a day to leave a thin shiny layer which will protect the skin while it heals. The safe antiseptic in the balm will ensure the crusty yellow scabby areas should not occur as they are due to bacteria. (Chorhexidine, used in mouthwashes and hospital hand washes so strong but safe)
For cradle cap follow the instructions on this page and you will have no more problems with it. You should get good results within 14 days but the eczema will take longer to completely clear up.Kind Regards,
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