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6 Year Old with Severe Dry Scalp

my son has had dry scalp for about a month now
is there any thing any one has ever tried to help dry scalp
i'm afraid to use shampoo like head n shoulders because i'm allergic to it
any advice would be great thanks

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We've used Arbonne"s ABC Baby line for a while now. the Baby wash is gentle, and soothing, but really helps all skin especially sensitive ones(even adults), and the Baby Oil it great for cradle cap, and very dry skin, but since it is not mineral oil, it won't be a pain trying to get it out of his hair! I would do both @ night, and then wash his hair in the am if you need to. We love it and it is pediatrician tested and approved! i don't have any samples right now, but if you want to try it, let me know, and I'll get some!

My 10 year old son had had this problem forever! His is dry in spots, more like cradle cap... The only thing that works for us is baby oil... massage it into the scalp, then use a comb to gently break up the dry patches. Hope that helps!

I have a nine-year-old daughter with the same problem, so I look forward to reading the advice given here!

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A.,

I have been using Paul Mitchell's Baby Don't Cry Shampoo on both of my children. My sister's little boy had the same problems that you are experiencing with your son and that is what she was told to try. IT WORKS!! You can get a sample of it from any hairdresser that carries the Paul Mitchell line. I hope this helps!!

Head n' shoulders can make some dry scalp cases worse. You might try a T-gel type of shampoo that has coal tar in it. Some conditioners can make it worse too, so you'll have to watch and see if this happens with your son.

Maybe try a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Try putting cortisone on it at night, or an intensive moisturizer lotion during the night, then wash it in the morning with the moisturizing shampoo/conditioner.

My 10 year old son had had this problem forever! His is dry in spots, more like cradle cap... The only thing that works for us is baby oil... massage it into the scalp, then use a comb to gently break up the dry patches. Hope that helps!

Well... you have to identify what it is in a product that you are allergic to. It may not be the medicine that heals dry scalp. Therefore, you could buy trial sizes of shampoo to see what will work on your son. Additionally, your son may not be allergic to it. Perhaps try putting the shampoo on the inside of his forearm, letting it sit for a few minutes and then checking for any sort of reaction over the next day or two. There are multiple dandruff shampoos on the market you can try. There's Selsum Blue and T-Gel. Both work well. I know there are others, but I can't recall the names off hand. You can also talk ot your family doctor, and if needed, they can prescribe a topical oil application to put on his scalp as treatment.

There is a skin care line called Arbonne (no, I'm not a consultant). Everything they sell is natural--no preservatives/chemicals/etc. My friend's daughter has severe eczema and this is the only thing that makes it go away. They have a baby line of products, even baby shampoo. You'll probably have to look on-line to find a consultant. Here is the website to the shampoo:
https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?categ...

I agree with arbonne! I have used arbonne for 18 yrs.. lol yes I am a consultant now (last 3 yrs). I just love their products. Botanically based and vegan certified.
Their are two products I would say. Either our self adjusting shampoo for flakes with Tea Tree oil https://www.arbonne.com/products/not-so-basic/hair/teaSha... or the ABC Baby line. I have excema and so do two of my kids. We love these two products for that. and more. I have very dry and flaky hair normally. Not with these products. I switched about 3 yrs ago to this shampoo and conditionar and love it.
Everything has a 45 day guarentee so for any reason your not happy you can return or exchange it. I do have samples of the Baby line but not the shampoo with tea tree.. here is my email ____@____.com if you would like more info, ingredient lists whatever, let me know!

We've used Arbonne"s ABC Baby line for a while now. the Baby wash is gentle, and soothing, but really helps all skin especially sensitive ones(even adults), and the Baby Oil it great for cradle cap, and very dry skin, but since it is not mineral oil, it won't be a pain trying to get it out of his hair! I would do both @ night, and then wash his hair in the am if you need to. We love it and it is pediatrician tested and approved! i don't have any samples right now, but if you want to try it, let me know, and I'll get some!

There is a shampoo out there that is like a tar. My father had really bad dry scalp and that is what he used about every two weeks and it seemed to help. You can get it from the store, not sure what the name is, but you will know you found it when you smell it. It really does smell like a tar base. Regardless of the bad smell it does work.

Hope this helps. If not, since you are allergic to head and shoulders you could purchase some gloves to wear during the washing process and try it first.

I would get a more natural shampoo without harsh chemicals and avoid anything with Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) which is in a lot of shampoos, soaps and toothpastes and strips the skin. I would also try to find something with Tea Tree Oil in it which is very good for helping with dandruff.

Good luck!

Try a burt's bees shampoo with oils in it. They are all natural and you can comb out flakes if you wish. DON'T use Head and Shoulders.

ask your childs doctor's office first if they can suggest anything.
One thing you can always add to any shampoo is baking soda. It is a sort of a cure all, but it does work for many different things. If you have well water and get reddish tints in your hair from the water, add baking soda and it will take that out.
It may take trying a few different shampoos to find one that works for your child.

Use cider vineger. Mix 2 oz with 6oz water. after you wash his hair, pour this over his head and massage into the scalp for 2 minutes, then rinse. I know it sounds strange, but it works on all 3 of us in our home.

Hi A.,

I have this problem with my daughter. You should check w/your pediatrician to make sure he doesn't have any skin conditions and would need medication. My daughter didn't. I used Aloe Vera on her. Rub down his scalp with it. You can let it sit for however long you like and then wash it out later. If it's extremely dry - you can use more than a day at a time until it's better. My daughter is 3 1/2 and every now and then has break outs - I just rub the aloe in and all better. I know a lot of other products have been recommended to you, but I highly suggest checking with your pediatrician first, then using the aloe if it's nothing medical. And, not trying those products last. And a big NO to Head and Shoulders or any dandruff shampoo.

Understanding that illness starts from the inside, I recomend limiting the consumption of hydrogenated oils, which can block the uptake of theessential fatty acids, and give him some nutritional supplements. The only supplements I give my son are Shaklee because of their commitment to purity and potency. I would put your son on Vitalea Ocean Wonders, Omegagaurd and Optiflora. I would also try the Basic H2 as a shampoo and then add Enfuselle Hydrating Toner. The flaking should subside within days. Let me know how I can help you.

I am a work from home mom raising my 17 month old son Jonah. I love to be able to work with my son by my side and see people achieve better health. Feel free to e-mail me ____@____.com or go to www.shaklee.net/gemsoffire

i have been told that mayonaise is good for that not sure how to use it but it would be worth a try.. prolly have to leave it on for a while...

good luck

Check out my website www.shaklee.net/amy_healthyconcepts

There are so many allergens and toxins in most skin care products. Many people are highly allergic to them. These products are nontoxic, hypoallergenic. Another reason could be excema which most of the times is related to yeast (candida) infections. stop in at my website and email me. I would love to help you out in anyway! A.

I started using Aveno baby wash/shampoo and also changed to only bathing/washing my son's hair every third day. So for example if we give him a bath on Sunday, we skip Monday and Tuesday and bathe him again on Wednesday.

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I have a nine-year-old daughter with the same problem, so I look forward to reading the advice given here!

Hi A.!
I do recommend using Head & Shoulder products. I know you said you were allergic to them. So, don't buy that one for him. My husband has really bad dry scalp too. Regular head & shoulders did NOTHING for the man. So, we went back to the store & compared active ingredients. We bought a different kind of head & shoulders (little stronger but different active ingredient) and it worked great. It's a totally different shampoo. So, I'd start there. Have some benadryl on hand just in case.
Good luck!

A.:

Arbonne has two great shampoos that would work- one is a hair and body wash which is pediatrican tested and they also have a shampoo with tea tree oil which also works very well. if you would like free samples, let me know as I am a consultant.
Arbonne is a health and wellness company whose motto is pure, safe and beneficial. The website for the company to check it out is www.arbonne.com. M. RN

I would say to try the head and shoulders or something like it first. Do it on the weekend just in case he ends up being allergic to it as well. There is a really great shampoo by redken also that is a tea tree shampoo. They sell it at the walmart hair salon.

Hi A.!

I'm a hairdresser. My husband has bad dry scalp. My first boss that I worked for recommended Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo. It works wonders for him! You can buy it in most any salon - in fact Walmart's salon sells it and it's about $11. One bottle lasts my husband for probably 3-4 months so it's a good deal. The only thing I would warn you about is to have him be careful when rinsing. The shampoo is a bit mentholated so it could give him an uncomfortable "cooling" sensation on his privates! My husband says it doesn't bother him and I've never had any problems either when I've used it - but it is something to be aware of. Good luck!

A. -

I represent a company that has hypoallergenic products that might work for your 6 year old son. There is a baby wash he could try as a shampoo, or an adult shampoo. I have samples of both if you are interested in trying them. They are made by Arbonne International and are botanically based products, so there won't be any animal byproducts in them, which can cause dryness & irritation.

L. L.

You can try selsun blues selsun salon. I don't know if it has the same ingredients as head and shoulders so you may want to check that out first. If it has the same ingredients then try using baby oil. There is also a topical steroid that the doctor can prescribe for your son that will help to clear it up. I had to get the prescription steroid for my son and his head cleared up within just a few days.
D.

I am 31 and have been married for almost 12 yrs. My husband and I have 3 boys ages 10,7, and 4.

Buy Paul Mitchell "Baby Dont Cry" shampoo. It cured my nephews craddle cap and my son is 6 months old and Ive used it since the day he was born and he never once has had dry scalp. I'm a hairstylist trust me it works!!!!!!!!!

I would think about taking him to a dermatoligists. I have a dry scalp also, mainly only in the winter. But I will get large flakes. I use any kind of peppermint shampoo and that really helps. I always leave it on for a few minutes and go ahead and wash my body. It is a strong peppermint smell though, so if your sinuses are clogged. This will also open him up. It seems to work for me. I know my mother used to take me to the dermatoligists and get something similar to that shampoo and also do light treatments. I hope this helps.

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