L.M. asks from Chambersburg, PA on June 10, 2007
My step son is 7 years old and it seems he has dry scalp. I was cutting his hair today and when I shaved it short (for the summer) I noticed that he had a bunch of yellow patches on his scalp. It looks a lot like cradle cap. Even though I know that isn't what it is. My husband has a bad scalp also.He uses T gel to ease it, but I'm not sure a 7 year old could use that. I wanted to know a good shampoo that is ok for a 7 year old to use. Any ideas?? He aslo complains about it itching (not that I am surprised). anyone else have this problem? If so please let me know what works for you child. THANK YOU LADIES! :-)
K.L. answers from Washington DC on June 12, 2007
Aveeno has a baby wash that is for babies with dry skin and eczema. It works great on cradle cap too, which is what this sounds like. It has a dark blue lid. I would try using that - even though he is not a baby, it is possible that this is the same thing as cradle cap. We use it on the baby I am a nanny for, she has eczema pretty bad, and it works wonders on her.
The other thing the pediatrician recommended for cradle cap is to try is dab some olive oil on it, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then comb over the spots. This should loosen them and make them come off. Just be sure to shampoo really good and get the oil off. If the spots come back or spread, check with the pediatrician to be sure it isn't psoriasis.
J.D. answers from Washington DC on June 14, 2007
My 4 year old has some scaly patches on her scalp and I asked my Dr about it and she told me to use some sort of adult dandruff shampoo for her. You've got to be careful with their eyes, but when we do use it they totally go away.
L.S. answers from Washington DC on June 11, 2007
My son is 3 and has the same thing, though his are tan. Basically it is cradle cap. Different name but basically the same. I was told to use head and shoulders or one of those types to help it out.
J.P. answers from Washington DC on June 11, 2007
I would seriously have his ped take a look before you try any home remedy. It may be something like cradle cap but it may be something like eczema that trying the wrong things would make worse.
R.C. answers from Richmond on June 12, 2007
My youngest son had the exact same problem.The hairstylist said he wasn't washing it well AND he wasn't getting ALL of the shampoo out.Also it seemed to get better in the summer because of the shorter cut and the ease for him to wash it better.Now though,he has a problem with dry scalp and the pharmacist recommended 'Dermarest',its a psoriasis shampoo and works extremely well.We get it at Walmart,but I think you can get it at Walgreens and CVS,its not cheap,but they don't have to use a lot and it runs about 6.95 a bottle(8 oz)and has a pretty generic looking label-red and white.I was told and have seen articles that say you should absolutely NOT use dandriff shampoos,of course since they were cheaper,we did try them,but to NO avail.Hope this helped,R.