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Although it is not a serious medical problem, dandruff can make children insecure and even hinder their activities. Well, no need to worry, Bun. There are several ways that can be applied to overcome this complaint. Come on, pay attention to the steps
Dandruff is a natural thing to happen, especially when children begin to enter puberty. Dandruff in children can cause itching that makes him want to keep scratching his head. This can make the scalp red and painful. If left untreated, dandruff can even cause hair loss.
The Right Steps to Overcome Dandruff in Children
There are several factors that can be the cause of the appearance of dandruff in children. Dandruff usually appears when the child:
- Not maintaining he althy hair
- Has a dry scalp
- Using hair care products that don't suit her scalp
- Has certain skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infections
The following are steps you can apply to overcome stubborn dandruff on your little one's head:
1. Wash children's hair regularly
If it is classified as mild, the problem of dandruff in children can usually be improved by washing their hair every 2 days. The goal is to reduce oil on the scalp and clean dandruff so it doesn't build up. Use a shampoo with a mild formulation, yes, Bun.
While washing his hair, teach your little one how to gently massage his own head when shampooing. That way, your little one can get used to cleaning his hair independently. Also teach him how to rinse his hair until it's completely clean.
2. Use dandruff medication
If shampoo alone is not enough to treat your little one's dandruff, you can use a shampoo that contains anti-dandruff drugs, such as selenium sulfide, zinc, or ketoconazole. This shampoo can usually be purchased at pharmacies.
When washing your child's hair with this shampoo, let the shampoo foam sit on his scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing. Generally, dandruff medication in children can be used every day. When the dandruff has improved, reduce the use to 2 times a week or use it alternately with regular shampoo.
To get the best results, first read the instructions for using the anti-dandruff shampoo carefully, yes, Bun. Each shampoo usually has different usage rules, depending on the active ingredients it contains.
3. Apply tea tree oil
Tea tree oil or tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This oil-containing shampoo is proven to relieve dandruff problems in children. However, its safety in children under the age of 14 has not been confirmed.
If you want to use tea tree oil to treat your little one's dandruff, mix this oil with water and apply it to her scalp several times a week. However, you should first consult with your doctor before applying this oil to your little one.
4. Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids
Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can not only support the development of a child's brain and eyes, but can also maintain he althy skin, including the scalp.
Omega-3 fatty acids can control oil production and regulate scalp moisture. In addition, these fatty acids can also reduce inflammation and irritation, so it can relieve itching caused by dandruff.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in seafood, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring or sardines, as well as nuts and seeds, such as walnuts or chia seeds.
Dandruff in children is a skin problem that is actually mild, but can be very annoying. Fortunately, these problems can usually be treated with self-care at home. Mother can try some of the ways above so that the dandruff on the little one's head disappears and does not reappear.
If dandruff doesn't improve after 2-3 weeks of home care or your little one is still scratching his head a lot, you should check your little one to the doctor to get further treatment.