Dandruff is a common adult condition and it does not give many issues to the adult then don’t worry at all it won’t even give it to your little one. Dandruff is dried skin flakes of the little one which is produced by their sensitive skin and don’t worry mother no need to panic. Dandruff can be easily handled without any issue and can get treated in an effective way. It can just cause certain symptomatic disturbance like itch and flakes which can give your baby a little troublesome day to day life. Lice cause scratching, itching, and flaking but fortunately though it is not very common in babies but very common in children.
Don’t worry with correct medical intervention and advice here you can easily deal with your baby’s dandruff issue.
- The dry scaly scalp in dandruff can also be due cradle cap or infantile seborrheic dermatitis. It is very much common in babies who are aged more than three months.
- Cradle cap is another cause in babies less than one-year-old.
- Cradle cap can cause dandruff as the skin flakes off which besides showing yellowish crusty patches on the scalp. But even cradle cap can be effectively managed so you can treat your baby in effective ways.
- Mild dandruff is manageable at home with simple remedies and taking consultation from your pediatrician before starting them is always good.
- Dandruff can be off in any state of a mild or un-inflamed form of seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea. It a be just because of the poor hygiene which is kept.
- The main causes of dandruff in babies include an overproduction of sebum or skin oil which may cause the skin cells on the scalp to become all flaky and it can be also due to fungal infection.
- Seborrhea or dandruff is visible in the form of dry, flaky, white, or scaly skin that could be itchy. It can be found in greasy or oily areas of scalp with excessive hair loss also being a part of it.
If the skin on your baby’s scalp is scaling and flaking it may be due to many reasons other than dandruff.
- Sunburn on the scalp is also a very common cause of scaly skin. This risk can be avoided by limiting your baby’s exposure to the sun or having him wear a hat or a hoodie. Ringworm, caused by a fungus, may also be a reason for flaking and hair loss in babies.
How To Get Rid Of Baby Dandruff?
After the diagnosis is confirmed you can easily start with the plan of action to treat your baby’s dandruff problem:
- Washing the baby’s hair, gently use fingers to massage the scalp. Rinse with water thoroughly. Shampooing less often causes oils and skin cells to accumulate on the scalp.
- Pat-dry the baby’s head with a towel.
- Use regular mild baby shampoo to wash the baby’s hair every day. Mild amount of dandruff can be washed of this way. Using excess shampoo and not rinsing well during a wash. The dried shampoo can show up like flakes and which can be resembled dandruff. This can be avoided by spending more time rinsing than lathering.
- For severe dandruff conditioner, use medicated dandruff shampoo recommended by a pediatrician. Use once or twice a week depending on dandruff condition regarding mild, moderate, severe rate and doctor’s prescription matters here a lot.
Now that your baby is prone to dandruff you should be knowing how to tackle the issue in the most effective way possible, it is good if you take care of the hygiene levels of your little one and even keep on noticing about any skin changes. Do not create any kind of delay if the baby itches a lot and has scales or any sort of red areas, and oozing in the scalp. In severe cases of eczema, cradle cap, and ringworm, the baby’s doctor may suggest medication to get rid of any fungal infection. Eczema or psoriasis may cause scaling and can be part of making the skin dry. The cold, dry winter air may also cause flakes.
Rest it can be easy to tackle and no need to get anxious over their aggressive itchy state, you have the solution, Mother!