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Our boy has what appears to be cradle cap on his scalp. It isn’t dry and flaky like dandruff is. It is a white mass that is hard to remove even gently with finger nails. We think he didn’t rinse shampoo out of his hair properly but we aren’t sure?


Posted by Blossom, 4th January 2016


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  • My son had cradle cap up until he was 10 we used every thing that the Dr said but he never got nits.
    the cradle cap then cleared up and he got nits. so yes they can get it at an older age we used sorbelene cream and left it on over night this will make it soft and easier to remove. Good luck mum


  • I would ask your GP or pharmacist what they recommend.


  • Another vote for coconut oil here. Another thing to try is apple cider vinegar or even just good old olive oil.


  • Use coconut oil, rubbed in well and left for as long as possible before washing out.


  • I believe you can get cradle cap at any age. And the treatment is the same. My father got it in his 70’s and we treated it like you would a baby. It doesn’t fully get rid of it, but it keeps it at bay.
    Alternatively take your son to a skin specialist – mine advised some very expensive shampoos and she not only got rid of my problem but also a facial problem that I didn’t realise was being caused by the flakes from my scalp settling on my face. Good luck.


  • If you are concerned and it does not go away see your doctor and he /she may refer you to a dermatologist.


  • I would advice coconut oil as well. Don’t leave it just for a couple of minutes, but leave it for some hours before you wash it out. You can always have it checked by your gp if you want to find out for sure what it is.


  • I have a son who suffered what looked like “cradle cap”for a number of years. Finally used coconut oil on it to help loosed it and it worked. He is now in his late 20’s and still has to at times use oil on his scarp. Something to do with him having a very dry scrap like other skin on your body. Also be careful of the shampoo he is using as this can cause it too.


  • If it is cradle cap it might be caused by not properly rinsing all the soap out after shampooing. This can build up and be flakey and scaly.


  • Hi Ladies, it isn’t flaking at all. It is fairly solid. She rarely wears a hat as she is rarely out in the sun during that time of the day. Her head definitely has not been sunburnt. We tried a couple of brands of shampoos and conditioners. It doesn’t comb out. Any more suggestions would be appreciated. We will try coconut oil, or perhaps olive oil. Maybe put it in her hair and rub it into her scalp, leave it for a few minutes then wash it out.


  • sure can! the latest thing to moisturise scalp is to use coconut oil. good luck


  • could his head be flaking due to a little sunburn or sweating to much if he’s had a hat on.? My sons hair goes through stages when it does this i use some conditioner in it for a week or so…. You could also try to remove it with a fine tooth comb and conditioner.


  • hard to say without looking as it could even just be a scab but you can get a dermatologist or a hairdresser to give you some advice


  • I’d say it’s more likely to be dandruff my 12 year old gets it so she now uses dandruff shampoo & conditioner which helps. It could be certain brands also as I know myself certain brands I get dandruff from.


  • I doubt it is cradle cap. We found organic shampoo very much helps with this kind of thing.


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