3 Yearold with Really Bad Dry Scalp

Updated on March 26, 2009
B.L. asks from Worden, MT
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I have a 3 yearold son and we noticed tonight that he has dandruff. Anyone have any ideas of what I can do, to help the dandruff. A little about my childrens bathing, they bath everyother night do to dry skin, doc said its better for them to bath everyother night unless they shower, if they shower they can shower every night. I have bad dry skin and have been told the same thing. My 8 yearold does not have dandruff, that we have noticed. But our 3 yearold cant wear black, becuase you can see the dandruff and its horrible. Since I got alot of help with my infant son's eating habit I thought I would ask here and see what I'm told. Thankyou for your help.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

Add TEA TREE OIL to his normal shampoo...and shake it up. This helps with the dandruff AND prevents lice. (lice can't stand tea tree oil).

coconut oil for his dry skin. My son has eczema, and organic coconut oil is the only thing that helped his dry skin.

If it's some kind of infection, I've heard that you can use scope on his head. That clears it up in 1-2 applications.

If it's some kind of cradle cap: olive oil to soften, then sugar or salt as a scrub,....rub it around gently for a while, rinse off the sugar, shampoo off the oil. Cradle cap will clear up after 3-4 times doing this.

I've also heard of using head and shoulders once a month on just the worst dandruff areas. just don't let it go in his eyes. give him a washcloth or towel to cover his eyes while you rinse.

good luck - let us know how it goes.

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answers from Denver on

Dry skin can be so uncomfortable! Dry skin is usually a sign that the body isn't getting enough of the good fats like avocados, fish, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. Have you tried adding fish oil or Cod Liver Oil to his diet? It could also be a lack of minerals. I have found a great natural product that really helped my daughter's and my dry skin. If you want to read more, look at Body Balance at www.mylifeforce.net/liverichbefree. I'd be happy to talk more with you as well. Good luck!

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answers from Great Falls on

Have you tried to rinse their hair with about 1/2 gallon of warm water with 1/2 cup of brown vinegar? I have had to do this with my daughter due to her not getting all the soap out of her hair, incredibly she no longer has dandruff. Hope this helps.



answers from Provo on

hello the best sagestion i could give you would be aqua four its amazing when it comes to dry skin and scalps plus it dont leave the gross oily fill as baby oil i would just run the aqua four on his scalp a few times a day and see if that works. hope that helps



answers from Denver on

Hi B.,

I agree it may be worth figuring out the underlying cause. But in the short term, I would put a little olive oil on his scalp and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before he washes his hair. Maybe even get a soft brush and sort of massage it in with that before he washes. That will condition the scalp and also loosen some of what's coming off. Should be easier to do with a boy than a girl in terms of not having long hair full of oil!



answers from Denver on

Make sure you avoid harsh soaps and shampoos. Believe it or not, many shampoos, including Johnson's and Johnson's baby shampoo have formaldehyde in them. I highly recommend Melaleuca Original Shampoo. Leave it on his scalp for at least three minutes before rinsing and don't use conditioner since this could make the problem worse.

Since you say you all suffer from dry skin, let me also recommend Renew lotion. It is seven times more effective than Eucerin on eczema, but it is also light enough for daily use. I use it on my children each time after they bathe (also only every other day) and they no longer have problems with dry skin.

Good luck!



answers from Denver on

We had the same problem. Use baby oil on his scalp (really saturate his hair) and a comb- then gently scrape off the flaky skin. Our son thought this was great fun. Then follow up with any dandruff shampoo (remember, it is a fungus and needs to be treated with the ingredients in the shampoo)- continue using the shampoo every other time you wash his hair. Our kiddo's problems were gone within a week. Good luck!



answers from Denver on

Hi B.,
My son had something simular as well as my neice, when I asked my naturopath about it, she thought it may be a yeast infection or gluten intolerence. My son has been very healthy, only one doctor visit in 3 1/2 years (thank you Juice Plus!), but that one time he had an antibiotic it created a yeast imbalance. A few weeks on a probitic cleared it all up!
I hope that helps!
L. C



answers from Salt Lake City on

Are you sure that it is dandruff? I had a similiar problem as a kid and it was later diagnosed as psoriasis.

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