How To Treat Dry Flaky Scalp On Toddlers
Dandruff Can Be A Real Issue With Toddlers
A lot of parents don't realize that a dry scalp in toddlers is actually quite common. There are a few things that can cause it, but the most common is seborrheic dermatitis. A common condition like eczema that mainly affects the toddlers scalp.
Common factors that cause seborrheic dermatitis are weather changes, medication, harsh shampoos or detergents, and illness or stress. If you notice your toddler scratching their head more than usual or if they start to develop a dry flaky scalp, it's likely due to dandruff.
Dandruff is a common condition that can be caused by dry skin, sensitivity to hair products, or even an oily scalp. While dandruff isn't contagious or harmful, it can be frustrating for both parents and toddlers.
Natural & Home Remedies For Treating Baby Dandruff
One of the best ways to combat a dry scalp in toddlers is to massage in a nourishing oil that contains coconut oil and sunflower oil into the scalp before shampooing. This will help to moisturize the scalp and hair follicles and prevent further drying.
You can also use a mild dandruff shampoo on your toddler's hair, if the flakes are particularly bad. Use gentle shampoos and avoid those with harsh chemicals. Look for shampoos that are designed for sensitive skin or babies.
Avoid using hot water when washing your toddler's hair as this can further dry out the scalp. Use lukewarm water instead and rinse thoroughly.
After shampooing, apply Maddie’s conditioner to help hydrate and soften the hair. When dealing with dry scalp, be sure to rinse well after applying. Then allow your toddler's hair to air dry whenever possible or use a cool setting on the blow dryer instead of hot air.
Household Hair Care
One home remedy that has been around for quite some time is the Baby Oil. This is a natural oil that is good for babies and toddlers. It will not only make your child's hair feel soft, but also moisturize it as well. It is also great for keeping their skin hydrated. The oil is made from organic oils and is 100% natural.
Also consider tree tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is used to treat a lot of different skin conditions. It has antiseptic properties and will help get rid of any bacteria that is causing your child's scalp to itch.
Another product (not household) that is excellent for hydrating and moisturizing the hair is Maddie’s Hair Lotion. This lotion will promote growth, prevent breakage, and moisturize. It is very easy to use. All you need to do is massage it in your child's hair on a regular basis. This will keep it smelling fresh, and looking healthy and vibrant.
In addition, if your child is suffering from dandruff or dry scalp, you should consider using a combination of gentle shampoo, all natural conditioner, and a hair lotion. Just make sure the products are designed for use with infant and toddlers, and won’t cause any irritation to your child’s itchy scalp.
By following a good hair care routine, your child’s hair will feel and look healthy in no time at all.
And remember, there are many different remedies out there that will help with your infant’s dry scalp. However, it’s always best practice to speak with your pediatrician before using any over-the-counter products or home remedies when dealing with infants or toddlers.