What causes dandruff in infants?
Dry scalps in babies are normal and often treatable at home. In most cases, the underlying cause is cradle cap. Dandruff, eczema, and allergies are other possible causes. If your baby’s scalp doesn’t improve after a couple weeks of treatment or if symptoms get worse, see your baby’s pediatrician.
What can I put on my baby’s dry scalp?
Before a bath, massage a little bit of petroleum jelly, olive oil, or baby oil into your baby’s scalp to loosen the dry skin. Gently rub the oil into your baby’s scalp with a soft brush or washcloth to release the flakes. Wash baby’s hair with a gentle baby shampoo.
When does baby dandruff go away?
Cradle cap will eventually go away on its own between 6 and 12 months of age. Usually, it doesn’t cause any symptoms (such as pain or itching).
Is cradle cap just dandruff?
Cradle Cap is common and harmless. It’s the baby form of dandruff. This skin condition got its name because the most common place for the scaly patches to show up is on the head, where a baby would wear a cap.
Is oil necessary on baby’s head?
Baby oil and other mineral oils may be a good options to treat scalp problems in babies, like cradle cap. This scalp irritation is similar to dandruff. Massage baby oil into your baby’s scalp to help loosen and remove dry, scaly skin. Similarly, baby oil may help prevent and get rid of dandruff in children and adults.
Is Johnson’s baby shampoo good for dandruff?
You know what? It worked! I’ve been washing my hair with baby shampoo daily for the past two weeks. It hasn’t eliminated the dandruff completely, but it has reduced it dramatically.
Can you pick off cradle cap?
Cradle cap is not a serious condition and should not cause your child any problems or irritation. However, it is important not to scratch or pick at the cradle cap, in case an infection develops. It usually starts on the scalp and can sometimes spread behind the ears.
Can you use head and shoulders on a baby?
Daily use of anti-dandruff shampoo is not approved for children under 2 years of age, but twice a week is fine, even for infants. While the hair is lathered, massage the scalp with a soft brush or a rough washcloth for five minutes (don’t worry about hurting the soft spot).