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6 Year Old with Infectious Dandruff???

Hi, My 6 year old has had a really dry scalp for about 3 years now and it's just getting worse. Her scalp even bleeds. I've tried Dr. Miracle's on her and it really soothes her scalp for the time being but it doesn't do anything for the problem after washing. It use to not bother her, but now every time she gets her hair combed, it hurts. I've asked my beautician what to do about it and she said to put apple cider vinegar on her scalp ( I haven't tried it though). Does anyone have any suggestions or know of anyone with this scalp condidtion?

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Hello Everyone! My daughter's scalp looks much better. She has a quite large ball spot in the top of her head, but she has enough hair to cover it. So it's not noticeable, thank God. She tested positive for fungus, it was a ringworm that spreaded because she would scratch so much in her sleep. We've been using Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo and she's on an oral liquid fungus medicine. There's no more pain and no more bleeding. Things are certainly looking better! Thanks for everything. May God bless each of you~

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You can get Nioxin at Walmart salon or JC Penney salon & it will take care of it ...or when my son had exema in his hair we used T-Gel shampoo from walmart ...in the shampoo section. There are several types to select from...good luck.

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Hi L.,

Since it has been going on for three yrs., a doctor or dermatologist may be in order. You could need a prescription-strength shampoo, or more aggressive treatment with a steroid lotion.

If a scalp shows signs of redness, bleeding, swelling, scabbing, or gooeyness - accompanied by flakes, in all likelihood there could be another scalp disease involved like psoriasis or ringworm (yucky, but can be treated). With any of these symptoms it is important to see your health care provider immediately!

You can treat flaking and dryness with over-the-counter dandruff or medicated shampoos but with visible signs of patches or bleeding that is painful, I would make a B line straight for the Dr. first, and bypass all the quacky 'miracle remedies' out there. You'll save time and cost in the long run. If you have All Kids medical coverage, or other coverage, use it!

This product may not be what your child needs, so ask or see if the dermatologist mentions Nizoral. Nizoral is the only shampoo containing a patented active ingredient known as ketoconazole (discovered by Dr. Paul Janssen in Belgium). This ingredient is medically proven to be effective and acts directly to inhibit growth of the fungus. Most other anti-dandruff shampoos work by normalizing the pH of the scalp. Nizoral is the most well-studied anti-dandruff shampoo available today.

It's effect is long-lasting. Even after rinsing, Nizoral carries on working for several days. This means that you don't need to use Nizoral every day making it extremely cost-effective.

In any event, a good work up and scrutiny of your little girl's scalp would make me feel a whole lot better.

Good luck with this.

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I had something like this when I was younger, it was called seborrhoeic dermatitis. I had flaky, itchy scalp. I'd pull out chunks of scabby like scalp (and sometimes hair). It would bleed sometimes from all my picking/scratching. My doctor recommended T/Gel (shampoo found over the counter). It has tar in it, so it doesn't smell nice, but it does the job. Neutrogena makes it. You may even be able to find coupons for it (try searching online). I even use it sometimes now when I have dry/itchy scalp flare ups.

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I'm just guessing here, but have you asked her doctor? You may want to. Your daughter might be having a health problem with this being a symptom. If you have tried the doctor, then I would look into a health food store for vitaims that help dry skin. Do not wash her hair everyday only when needed and brush the hair and scalp well, spreads natural oils and massages the scalp to improve hair growth. Use a good conditioner and you could give her a deep conditioner with mayo, rub into the scalp well. Olive oil is also good. Just make sure the scalp has a good soaking in water, so the oil can help hold in the moisture. I would check with the doctor first if anyway possible.

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Apple cider vinegar is great because it draws out impurities and toxins and things that might be irritating the scalp, but you should take her to a dermatologist.

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You can get Nioxin at Walmart salon or JC Penney salon & it will take care of it ...or when my son had exema in his hair we used T-Gel shampoo from walmart ...in the shampoo section. There are several types to select from...good luck.

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This problem runs in my family, and Dr.'s now think it is hereditary which I have already figured out since it runs in my family. My Dr. said to use Nizoral for 2 weeks straight; you use it on the scalp but use another shampoo on the ends of the hair since Nizoral is really just needed for the scalp. After 2 weeks, use Head and Shoulders for 2 weeks and then use a shampoo w/ tar in it for 2 weeks; Neutrogena makes a tar shampoo, T Gel. It works! I alternate between the 3 shampoos and regular shampoos after getting it under control. However, to start out you need to do the 6 week treatment. Good luck!

P.S. Don't use vinegar! I tried this, and it burned my scalp!!!!!!!!! The Dr. said the Nizoral gets rid of the fungus.

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Hello, I would try Tea Tree Oil, put a coupke of drops in a quarter size of shampoo in your hand rub together and wash his hair. I sware by this stuff for any skin problems. You can buy it at any health store, I bought it at the Health in action in Jonesboro but I found at my favorite place on the net for even cheaper and that is www.puritanspride.com. It can be a little expensive but so worth it. Good luck, M.

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I don't mean to sound racist or anything like but if you are african like myself then i can relate because i have a 5 year old with the same problem but i did something to get rid of it and once it leaves you have to keep it up and it should never return or if it does catch it at the beginning and it should leave before it gets too bad. What i had to do was wash my daughters hair like every 2 or 3 days depemding on how bad it was and i had to wash it with sulfur 8 shampoo it is kinda expensive but it works, then grease their scalp with sulfur 8 hair grease and i just use and conditioner as long as you wash it all the way out so that won't contribute to the irritation. I only use the conditioner to be easier to comb through the hair. And every time i comb her hair i have to grease her scalp with the sulfur 8 grease and you should start to see a difference within less than a week. Another shampoo that works is the selsun blue but the sulfur 8 is cheaper and it works the same if not better. When i first started i saw a difference with the first or second wash. It may not clear it up all the way the first or second time but you will see a difference with using this. My doctor didn't help me out either but my cousin has the same problem and so does her son but you could never tell because she uses sulfur 8 on him and she uses t-gel on her self. That t-gel shampoo is a little stronger and it works wonders for her because hers is a lot worse than her sons. The sulfur 8 grease stinks a little so if you want you can mix it with a little hair grease that smells good so it will cut the smell but it will still work the same as long as you don't put more regular hair grease than the sulfur 8. Good luck!! If that doesn't work send me a personal message and i will ask her another way to get rid of it if that is not strong enough and i will send you back a personal message and let you know what she says because she is almost 31 years old and she has had this problem all of her life and she has learned to manage it very well to the point to where if you don't know her you would ever know that her scalp is like that.

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Sea breeze is what I use on my scalp whenit gets bad and neosporin the shampoos do not work. Also with my scal condition tea tree shampoos irritate it more. I let the sea breeze seton my scalp for a few minutes and the wash my hair like normal and after I am done apply neosporin on the problem areas clears it right up. This is par the advice I had received over the years from numerous beauticians.

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As a Cosmetologist I would recommend using an all natural shampoo like avalon tea tree. You can but Paul Mitchell tea tree but it's more expensive.

Tea Tree is a natural antibiotic, anti inflammatory, does not have the best smell but it rocks!

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I would definitely take her to see the dermatologist. There could be something else going on.

She may have a different skin condition thats not dandruff but breaks out on her scalp. I have psoriasis which is controlled but when it breaks out on other areas of skin also breaks out on my scalp. Looks just like dandruff only itchier. there are neutrogena shampoos that will get rid of skin conditions (dandruff or not)on the scalp called TGel or TSal i think the TGel is stronger. Im not sure about warnings for kids or age definitely they're not tear free ,but do work in just a few days to get rid of it. probably worth a try!

I have a 6 year old daughter who has very thick, curly hair down to her bottom and to keep her scalp from being dry my beauty operator recommended a product called Kolesteral. You can buy it at the beauty supply. Put it on her head while her hair dry and cover with a shower cap for about 30 minutes twice a week. It will put moisture into her hair and also into her scalp. Apple cider may help some as well. Good luck.

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Have you tried Nizoral? It is available at Wal-Mart. It is for Psoriasis of the scalp. My scalp itches and has large flakes. If I scratch my scalp gets bloody and hurts. I use it everyday until my scalp gets better then I use it once or twice a week. Hope this helps.

Hi L., you might take her to see her pediatrician or a dermatologist to make sure there isn't an underlying issue going on.

I don't have an answer, but I have a 5 year old little girl and she has the infectious dandruff also (scalp psoriasis) and her hair has thinned in the middle which has caused a small bald spot. Her scalp bleeds, it itches every minute, and every time I'd comb her hair it really hurts her, I thought it was just because she didn't want her hair done. Just like you, I wash my daughter hair at least 2-3 times a week because the dandruff flakes would be so large and smell so bad. My friend that does hair said that she has to make laced wigs for 2 of her clients with the same scalp problem for about 3 years now, and over time the hair fell out leaving bald spots. I'm really at a loss hear because I don't know what to do because she's always crying when it comes time for me to do her hair...I'm scared for her. Her doctor keep giving me shampoos to calm her scalp but it's not helping her hair growth at all, please help me and my daughter!

Does she say it burns? It sounds like she may have psoriasis (sp). I have flare up with my scalps from time to time. At one point I had to go to the dermatologist. He prescribed some liquid to apply. After I got tired of paying for that, I started using Scalpicin and it really helps along with weekly washing (dandruff shampoo)and conditioning. I've also heard of putting Listerine on it but I was too chicken for that-scared it would burn.

Take her to a dermatologist. There are ointments they can prescribe that will clear up her scalp quickly. My aunt has the same problem and when she gets an outbreak coming on, she grabs the ointment her doctor prescribed and it's gone in a day or two before it get's really bad.

my sister in law says put baby oil on let it set for 1 hour and then rinse her hair and come her sclap... also i would talk to my doctor and see if i can use the stuff moms put on their babies when they get cradle cap

Hey L.,
Is her hair coming out as well? it could be a fungal infection. i probably would take her to the dermatologist.

have you contacted her doctor about it? One of my daughters had something similiar to this and we were perscribed some ointment and special dandruff shampoo for kids. If you have issues with getting a doctor for her try a program like medicaid or all kids, its government funding, costs you nothing and you can get very good care. My kids go to childrens Hospital's Mid-town Pediatrics and their doctor has been in our Family for 6 yrs.

I am allergic to citric acid (which is in a lot of products including shampoos) and get this reaction if I use a product containing it. I have changed my shampoo to one that does not contain citric acid (Suave has several choices) and it has cleared it up. It is also a good idea to use the apple cider vinegar in between changing shampoos to help the build up and the acidity already present. GL.

My daughter has the same symtoms as u had listed.
Did u have to go to a specialist(dermatoligist)to get the diagnosis?Or was it her main pediatrician that was able to tell U what U needed?

I would suggest Arbonne ABC baby care or Arbonne Shampoo with tea tree oil... they are pH correct, dermatologist-tested, formulated without animal products or by products, no mineral oil and they are formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances which can cause dry itchy scalp... You can also buy on line and have them shipped right to your door... www.betsygrant.myarbonne.com sign my guest book and I will send you a free sample.... I love Arbonne and one of the reason I do is because it got rid of my dry itchy scalp!

Hi L.,

It has a name...I may be spelling it incorrectly, but...sebhorreic dermatitus.

NIZORAL used to be by prescription only, but you can get it in non prescription strength at Wal*Mart, or drug stores. It is in a dark blue bottle.

There is also a Nizoral cream the ped can prescribe. If it goes on too long or gets too bad, she can lose patches of hair. Don't ignore it!

Good luck!

That sounds similar to our family scalp problem.I suggest seeing a dermatologist for a diagnosis. It may be psoriasis and there are plenty treatments,you just have to find the right one.Good luck!!

It sounds like most responses say to go to a dermatoligist, so if you do that I'm sure you'll get good ways of dealing. I was just going to mention that after washing our hair as kids, my mom used to always put witch-hazel on the scalp. It probably does the same thing as apple cider vinegar, but perhaps without as strong a smell? Not sure as I know witch hazel smells too.

My son has issues with cradle cap and I found out that he has bad excema when the rest of his body broke out too. For him I just have to be careful what I bathe him with as it will make him itchy and break out. Baby oil helps with the build up, but he reacts to the perfume in it.

I hope you get some answers.

My first son had this thick dry skin on his scalp at about three months old. the doctor at first said it was cradle cap but then later it began to spread on his back and pussed and would bleed if I tried to get it off. the nurse said that it was still a bad case of cradle cap and would not let me in for an appointment. I called the doctor himself he made an appt. and we found out that he had ecsema and since the nurse never made an appt. it turned into staff infection and that got in his blood stream and was very sick. needless to say the nurse is no longer a nurse. so take percaution because that can happen in any age group wether 3 months or 6 years or even us is what my doctor said.
mention this to the doc and see if it is ecsema or turning in to worse i would hate for your child to go through what mine did.

what are you shampooing her with? it could be drying her out or she could be allergic to it.
i think the apple vinigar might dry it out more.
i would try putting tea tree oil on the places on her head.

have you contacted a dermatologist or her pediatrition?
i hope you find something that works.
have a good day!

Please take your daughter to a dermatologist and he should prescribe a shampoo called "Nizrol". It is excellent and will take away her pain. I have the same condition. I'll also give you the name of another liquid my doctor gave me to put on my head that will bring great comfort to her. It's at home and I'm at work so I'll get it to you tomorrow. The best to you.
D. Wells Shire, author "The Ordinary Life of a Military Woman"

Try Baby Orajel brand Baby Ezcema wash - it really works great!!

There is nothing to small to ask your child's pediatrician. It is definitely time to get her checked out. Perhaps a dermatological visit.

Hi - I'd take her to a dermatologist. It sounds severe and painful, so I'd take her as soon as you can.

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