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Challenging a Presupposition

April 18th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

My daughter has cradle cap. We still had some of the shampoo the doctor recommended for my son, and I had been using it without seeing results. I remembered that the doctor had told us to use a kids' toothbrush with the shampoo to help get rid of the flakes, and I nearly bought one to use for that purpose.

Then I thought about it -- why would I need a kids' toothbrush? I have a stockpile of adult toothbrushes I got free after rebate, so I used one of those. It should have been an obvious thing to do, but I had a mental image of the kids' toothbrush we had used on my son, and I had convinced myself we'd have to buy another one. I wonder how many other images of particular products are in my mind, convincing me that I have to buy something new instead of using what I already have.

I credited $1.50 to my account for the toothbrush. With ongoing cardmaking and writing, I am up to $77.74 saved so far this year.

4 Responses to “Challenging a Presupposition”

  1. robex Says:

    My youngest son had cradle cap and I just rubbed baby oil on his head...worked perfectly. The cradle cap was gone after about the 4th day!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Hope you don't mind a couple recommnedations. 1)Patience: It will pass soon. 2) Desitin: You may well already be using it on the opposite end. Alternate it with a moisutrizure without Zinc oxide, as it can be drying even if healing. If your baby's hair is sparse, just rub it in. And keep that Desitin around for years if your child turns out to have sensitive skin. It can help a lot of irritations.

  3. merrychristman Says:

    Thank you both for the recommendations. It seems to be clearing up now, but if it comes back, I'll try them out!

  4. homebody Says:

    Personally I called it "cradle crap" with my three daughters. Like Robex, I used baby oil, rubbed in, then wash and scrubbed with a baby brush. It clears up just like that baby acne they all seem to get for a few days!

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