3 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Dandruff on Baby's Scalp

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3 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Dandruff on Baby's Scalp
3 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Dandruff on Baby's Scalp

There are white flakes on your little one's scalp that look like dandruff? No need to worry, Mother. This is natural, really. To overcome this, let's pay attention to the following steps

White flakes or crusts on the scalp that look like dandruff or cradle cap are common in babies, and are not a sign that the baby's hygiene is not maintained. Generally, cradle cap on a baby's scalp appears in the first few months and will disappear within 6-12 months.

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Causes of Dandruff on Baby's Scalp

Although the cause of cradle cap cannot be ascertained, some experts believe that it is influenced by hormones from pregnant women in the last trimester of pregnancy that are transmitted to the baby. The hormone then produces excessive oil on the scalp.

Another possibility that causes a baby to have cradle cap is the Malassezia fungus and bacteria that grow on the oil. Generally, cradle cap is not contagious. It's just that when the condition is severe, the baby's scalp will feel itchy.

Signs or symptoms in babies with cradle cap are the appearance of thick crusts on the scalp, white or yellow scales on the scalp that are oily or dry, and may be accompanied by redness of the scalp.

3 Steps to Overcome Dandruff in Babies

Actually, cradle cap does not require special treatment, because it is harmless and can go away on its own. Just do the following 3 steps of treatment:

  • Before shampooing, gently massage the baby's scalp with baby oil, olive oil, or petroleum jelly to help the crusts or scales peel off. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • After that, wet the baby's scalp and rub gently with a facial brush or a soft toothbrush for a few minutes, to remove the crusts.
  • Wash baby's hair and scalp with baby shampoo, rinse thoroughly, then dry with a towel. Make sure there is no oil residue on the scalp, as it can clog the pores.
  • To remove the oil more easily, let the shampoo sit for a few minutes on the scalp before rinsing.

If after carrying out the above treatment, cradle cap is still there or it gets worse, expands, or causes wounds on the scalp, you should immediately check your little one to the doctor.

The doctor may suggest using adult dandruff shampoo to clean your baby's scalp and hair, if regular shampooing with baby shampoo is not able to handle it. But be careful, make sure the shampoo doesn't get into his eyes.

The doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory cream if the baby's scalp is irritated, and antifungal medication if there is a yeast infection. Keep in mind, don't carelessly give medicine to your little one without the doctor's approval, right!

No need to panic when you see the baby's head has dirt like dandruff. Perform the steps above in an effort to overcome it at home. If you are still in doubt, you can check your little one to a pediatrician.

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