Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Works for me Wednesday - Icky Cradle Cap

So, i know this week is a themed week over at Rocks in my Dryer for WFMW but I couldn't think of anything for kitchen organization and I had this one planned already. I even have next week's scheduled already too. So.. here ya go. Sorry.

Our kids seem to have the worst cradle cap - EVER! Parker has it so bad that when I took a picture of him, he looked blonde because of it and he has dark brown hair. With Graycen, we learned the trick to removing it - without hurting their little baby scalp. We've tried the shampoos and treatments that are supposed to work and they just don't.
Things you'll need:
*A towel for their head to rest on
*Baby Oil (We use Johnson's Baby Oil with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E, but anything will work)
*Baby Shampoo (We use Aveeno baby shampoo)
*A soft bristle toothbrush or a baby brush
*Anti-dandruff shampoo (we bought a little bottle of Head & Shoulders in the area of travel sized items at Target for $.99)
*Hydrocortisone Ointment (not the cream - this is important as the cream has alcohol in it and will burn when applied)

First you put baby on your lap (or wherever you want them to be) Place a towel underneath their head so you don't ruin whatever it is they are laying on or wearing. Then take your baby oil and pour it all over the flaky parts of their scalp. I mean, really douse their head with this stuff. Then either take your fingers or a towel/rag and lightly rub it in. I let it sit for a few hours. Usually, I will put it on in the morning and let it sit on there until their evening bath.

Next, when it's bath time, put a little shampoo on their head and lather it up. Take your brush of whatever sort and gently start rubbing it in little circles over the cradle cap. You will notice it will start coming off onto the brush, just rinse it off and keep doing it some more. Make sure you don't rub too hard. Rinse their head and then rub a little anti-dandruff shampoo on, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse. Make sure not to get any of it in their eyes - it will burn.

When they get out, dry their head off as much as possible and then run hydrocortisone ointment on the spots that you rubbed it off.

You'll have to do this a couple of times to get everything off. Just make sure you wait a few days in between treatments or else their scalp will be raw and it will bother them.

**By the way - this is what the doctor recommended so it wasn't me just coming up with this and trying it. She has said it's OK to do. **

That's what works for me! For more tips head on over to Rocks In My Dryer and check out the list!

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