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Can A 15 Week-Old Really Scratch An Itch?

By Naomi Odes |

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Itchy Fuzzball

Today, I had the extraordinarily fun task of dealing with my sick two-year-old and Fuzzball. It was a juggling act to say the least, but we made it through. It was kind of like my 5pm to 8pm hell, but all day long. Anyway, as I was trying to get Shnook down for a nap, I put Fuzz down in the co-sleeper for a few minutes and left the room. When I came back, his little fuzzy head was all pink and flakey, and there was a pile of skin (gross, I know) above his head on the sheet. I know this is cradle cap, or as my mom calls it: “cradle crap.” But I was not aware that it was uncomfortable for baby. After a little googling, it appears that it can be itchy.

Another thing I didn’t realize was that babies as young as three and a half months could control their limbs enough to scratch a part of their body.

I googled this phenomenon as well, but found no clear answer. Now, to be fair, I did not witness the scratching, but I’m fairly sure that’s what happened. I am guilty of leaving him with dagger-like nails since he only lets me cut one or two at a time when he’s awake and I always forget to cut them when he’s asleep. Plus, I really do fear he’ll wake up.

Regardless, he didn’t cry, so I guess he’s okay. I looked up some remedies for cradle cap and it seems like most people use olive oil or another pure oil and then brush out the flakes. I will try that tomorrow.

Did your baby have cradle cap and scratch it?

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Can A 15 Week-Old Really Scratch An Itch?

  1. emmavt says:

    did not seem to itch my little ones, but they did get it. olive oil left to soak for at least half an hour does do a lot, but I also found that washing it off with Dawn helped a lot more. Seems awful to put that on a baby, but it was very infrequent and really did the trick. Also, you get most of the flakes in the next 24 hours- you don’t have to scrub them off immediately, and they may be too soft to scrub then, anyway.

    1. Naomi says:

      @Emmavt-thanks for the tip! Dawn gets grease AND cradle crap out of your way!!

  2. Danielle says:

    I use apricot oil and then comb the flakes off.

  3. Danielle says:

    Congrats on getting through a day with two little ones…I’m sure that it felt like walking through fire. By the way, we made a point to keep up with the nail cutting after we started finding blood in the baby’s bed, and figured out that she was cutting her gums with her jagged nails while chewing on her hands!

    1. Naomi says:

      Thanks, Danielle! It was rough. I was thankful when one was sleeping, but there was never a moment when both were asleep. Mommy was ‘on’ from sunrise to sundown (and beyond)! And yeah those nails are a pain, literally. Yesterday he grabbed my neck and broke skin!

  4. Anoosh J. says:

    Neither kid seemed to find CC itchy, but I used oil on #1 and battled the CC for months. On #2 I just picked at it, and it’s already gone. Plus, the picking satisfies your OCD and makes you feel like a primate mama.

    1. Naomi says:

      @AJ- Love it!!

  5. Kendra says:

    CC bothered me more than baby.. I just kept lotion on it and when he got baths I’d dab a bit of baby oil on a washcloth and gently scrub it. It was pretty well gone by about 3 months and it was never gross since we kept up with caring for it.

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