Treating Dry Scalp In Toddlers

It is fairly common to see a dry scalp on toddlers, where the skin appears thick and scaly and may even be itchy. This is also commonly referred to as cradle cap and generally affects children who are less than a year old. Cradle cap is not very harmful for your toddler and will generally clear up when your toddler is about a year old. You may even notice that the dry, flaky skin on your toddler's scalp may spread to other places like armpits and the diaper area. In such cases, the condition is known as seborrheic dermatitis.

Dry scalp in toddlers is probably caused by hormonal changes either...

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... in the toddler or in the mother, who passes on these changes in the last few months of pregnancy. Whatever the case, the toddler's oil producing glands are over stimulated thereby resulting in a dry scalp. The condition is natural and is not contagious and is definitely not the result of allergies or unhygienic conditions. However, since dry scalp on toddlers is not a pretty sight, you can try a few steps at home to help control cradle cap.

Treatment for Toddler Dry Scalp

A toddler with a dry scalp can be treated using several simple remedies. You can try gently exfoliating the skin of your toddler's scalp using a terrycloth towel or even a very soft brush. Use a gentle shampoo to wash your toddler's scalp and afterwards, exfoliate using either the terrycloth towel or a soft bristled brush.

Dry scalp in toddlers can also be treated effectively using an oil remedy. You must take care to use only pure and natural oil on your toddler's scalp. Almond oil and olive oil are very effective in the treatment of dry scalp in toddlers. Rub some olive oil or almond oil on your toddler's scalp and leave it on for at least fifteen minutes. Then, using a soft brush or comb, remove dry flakes from your toddler's scalp. Take care not to leave the oil on your toddler's scalp for too long as this may cause the dry flakes to stick to the baby's scalp. Therefore, it is advisable to shampoo your toddler's scalp immediately after combing out the dry flakes to prevent them from sticking.

Although dry scalp on toddlers is not a serious condition, if you notice swelling and redness and if your toddler is experiencing discomfort or if the cradle cap appears to be spreading to other parts, you may want to consult your pediatrician about topical medication.

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