Dandruff hair is a nuisance for many people. But not only adults but even children can have this problem.
Recently on a group for diaper mothers, a mother uploaded a picture of her 4-year-old daughter’s hair with dandruff sticking on her head. According to the share of this mother, even though she was bathed every day, she did not understand why the dandruff was still very heavy.
In fact, dandruff in children is not a rare phenomenon. This is a common scalp inflammation with a common appearance of white or yellow scales on the scalp. Left untreated, this can lead to hair loss and loss of aesthetics.
Signs of dandruff
Common signs that babies are experiencing dandruff are:
- Itchy scalp
- Dry, flaky skin but no signs of inflammation
- Red, yellow, or silver patches appear around the head
- The patches are dry, may have scales and a rough feel to the touch
Causes of dandruff babies
The exact cause of dandruff in newborns is unknown. However, experts believe that this is the result of many factors such as genetics, naturally occurring yeast on the skin, irritants, chemicals, cold and dry weather and excessive skin production of sebum. Among many causes, the common culprits are:
- Shampooing often causes the scalp to dry out due to moisture loss
- Dry weather conditions like the winter make the scalp dry, making babies dandruff
- Seborrheic dermatitis in newborns causes scaly and flaky patches, mostly yellow
- The scalp produces too much sebum or oil
- Excessive growth of a fungus called malassezia can cause the scalp skin cells to slough off quickly. In this case, you may notice gray or white scales appearing on the baby’s head.
When should you see a doctor?
Usually, when some home remedies are used, dandruff can help improve within a week or so. But if this situation becomes increasingly serious, take your baby to see a doctor offline. Besides, some issues you should consider include:
Are the scales on baby’s head only due to dandruff?
Scales on the baby’s head or body may not always be due to dandruff. If your baby’s scalp is peeling, it could be for other reasons, such as:
- Sunburn scalp : This risk can be avoided by limiting the baby’s exposure to the sun or wearing hats.
- Use a lot of shampoo and don’t rinse afterwards: The amount of shampoo on your scalp after drying can appear in the form of dandruff-like flakes. Therefore, you should pay attention to flush your baby hair thoroughly and the amount of shampoo does not exceed the size of 1 coin.
- Less shampooing: In contrast to the habit of washing your hair too much, if you wash your baby less will cause oil and skin cells to accumulate on the scalp, thereby causing flaking.
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis: This condition can cause dry skin. Sometimes, it may not be easy to distinguish between normal dandruff flakes and eczema.
- Worm infections, fungi: Infection with roundworm or a fungus can also be a reason for peeling and hair loss in babies.
Understanding the cause of scalp peeling is important to help your baby quickly get rid of dandruff.
How to treat dandruff babies
Some ways to control and improve dandruff babies include:
Always use a soft towel to dry baby’s hair after shampooing.
Brush your baby’s hair with a soft brush specifically designed for your baby’s scalp to dry to remove large, visible dandruff flakes before shampooing.
Before brushing your baby’s hair, you should use mineral oil (mineral oil) and gently rub the oil on the baby’s scalp, wait a bit and then comb. This will help remove any flaking scabs on your scalp. Note that rinse immediately afterwards to avoid leading to more problems.
Use a gentle shampoo to wash your baby’s hair. Mild dandruff can be easily removed this way.
For infants with severe dandruff, use dandruff shampoos recommended by a pediatrician. Use once or twice a week, depending on the severity of dandruff and your doctor’s prescription. While washing your hair, leave the shampoo on your scalp for at least two minutes before rinsing it off.
When shampooing your baby, gently massage the scalp with your fingers and create lather.
Measures to prevent dandruff babies
To prevent dandruff from appearing on the scalp of a newborn, parents can follow these suggestions:
- Shampoo at moderate frequency : Too much and too little shampoo will disrupt the pH of newborn scalp. The number of shampoos depends on the condition of dandruff that appears on the scalp. For example, if your baby has seborrheic dermatitis, shampooing your baby daily can help remove excess oil and dead skin flakes on the newborn’s scalp.
- Use organic oils: Pure oils, such as almonds, grape seed oil, will help moisturize the scalp while limiting the risk of flaking.
The articles of us are for reference only, not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.