Dry Flaky Scalp

Updated on February 01, 2008
A.R. asks from Gray, GA
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I am in desperate need of assistance. My daughter just turned one this month and she has very pretty short curly hair. The problem is her scalp is causing us distress. It is always flaking. I try different shampoos and oils with the same results. She pulls at it because it is irritating her. I know she is to young for a dandruff shampoo and I am not sure if the flakes are from to much oil or not enough. Help!!!!!

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A.M.

answers from Charleston on

My baby had this from 2 months onwards.I tried everything-coconut oil,olive oil and the Disney cradle cap lotion-Nothing worked.Then my pediatrician told me to use Cetaphil cleanser on his scalp and then rinse with water and to apply the cetaphil cream. It worked like magic and the flaky scalp which I was fighting for 2-3 months disappeared in 1 day.There are no pediatric form of the cleanser and cream,but its soo mild and gentle-it is actually better than most of the baby lotions. Now my son's skin care regimen is with Cetaphil cleanser for scalp and face, Aveeno for his body.And only cetaphil cream for his body,face and scalp.
Hope this helps.

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J.L.

answers from Charleston on

Hello,

My daughter had really bad cradle cap at two months, and my pediatrician told me that I could actually use the regular dandruff shampoo like once a week, and that it wouldn't hurt her as long as it didn't get in her eyes. He said it was basically the same thing as cradle cap shampoo, they just called baby dandruff cradle cap instead of dandruff. Maybe that would help your daughter. I would definitely check with your ped. though, and see what they say first.

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C.H.

answers from Augusta on

Why not call your babies ped. and ask them if their is anything you could use that would help with it...sometimes I can just call my baby's doctor and get quick advice for almost anything without even needing a visit....

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E.S.

answers from Columbia on

My sister had this same problem with her little boy. The doctor told her to us Selsum Blue Shampoo. I know it is isn't tear free, but it did work for her. She only used a pea size amount each time she put him in the bath and didn't wash it with anything else. Hopefully it will work for you too.

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J.B.

answers from Augusta on

Hi A.,
My name is J.. I have twins that will be one tomorrow. When they were just newborns, I found a product called Arbonne. I used it because someone told me how wonderful it was and that I should try it for one of my twins that had baby acne. I tried it and I loved it! Since then, I have made Arbonne a home-business for myself. The products are all natural, formulated in Switzerland and are plant-based. We have baby products that I use on my twins everyday. BUT we also have a self-adjusting shampoo that's formulated with tea tree oil. My husband uses it because he has dandruff. The products are safe and dispite the fact that she's only one, you could use this shampoo on her. If I were you, I would try the Arbonne's baby wash and shampoo first to see if it helps. You'd be amazed at what's actually IN the products that we put on our kids. Mineral oil is one of the main ingredients in products that we all use and it is SO bad for our skin! That could be part of the reason that she has such a dry scalp. The prices are reasonable and if you're interested, please let me know! My e-mail address is [email protected]____.com or you could call me at ###-###-####. If you chose to write, please put something in the subject line that I would recognize. Most of the e-mail that I get is junk and I delete a good bit of it.
Thanks!

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T.R.

answers from Columbia on

I know exactly what your going through...my daughter had this but she was much younger than one and I remembering feeling the same way. I finally took her to the doctor after my techniques were not working and they prescribed her a special shampoo for cradle cap. I don't know if you've heard of it but its usually in baby's who are only a few months old but could very well be the same thing...I would ask her pediatricin if it could be that. Hope this helps and good luck!

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R.R.

answers from Houston on

Hi A.,

Many people and babies are sensitive to the formaldehyde, listed as Quaternium 15 or Q-15, in personal care products and the harsh chemicals in household cleaners. Other moms have helped their families overcome common health conditions such as flaky scalp & eczema, as well as asthma and allergies by simply switching where they shop and converting to safer products. I know this information can be life changing. If you find this beneficial and would like more information send me a message. I'm on my way out the door, but would be thrilled to guide you in providing your daughter with relief.
Make it a great day! : )

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K.S.

answers from Macon on

Hi A.. have you been to a health food store and tried environmentally friendly shampoo? All the shampoos you get from the store manufacutred by Johnson $ Johnson contain harsh chemical agents in them that actually cause these types of problems. You can visit a site and read information about your mainstream products. http://www.concernedmoms.com/ I hope you find what you need.
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K.M.

answers from Columbia on

My son had this same problem and we tried everything!! The only thing that worked great was something that went all the way back to what my grandmother's used on my mother & aunts. It's called Nestle's Baby Hair Curl Lotion, it just takes a little bit and it smells great! Of course it really doesn't have any effect to curl hair (my son's is straight as a board). But that helped us so much with his cradle cap and I still use it even though he really doesn't need it anymore, the smell just reminds me so much of when I was little. It's hard to find, but I pulled it up on ebay, and some other websites. Old timey pharmacies some times carry it too, or could order it. Good luck!

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A.M.

answers from Augusta on

That sounds like cradle cap. I used baby oil with one of those soft baby brushes and just brushed and massaged the baby's head. I think I did this twice and it was all gone. My son had it pretty bad too so I was happy to see that it didn't take long for it to go away. I hope that helps.

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S.

answers from Spartanburg on

A.,
my one year old has had the same problem but I finally found a way to resolve it.

Don't be afraid to use the anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week, put a little dollop + water, brush her head with a toothbrush for few minutes let it sit another couple of minutes while she plays in the bathtub.

Rinse thoroughly and repaet for several weeks. I use Head and Shoulders and my son is finally getting rid of his dry scalp.

It'll take a while but don't get discouraged, your little girl will feel immediately better.

Let me know if it worked. take care

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K.S.

answers from Savannah on

Both my daughters had the same thing. It is called cradle cap. The best thing to do is put mineral water or baby oil on the scalp and use a new clean toothbrush to gently massage the flakes. Then wash the hair. You should see improvement but you will need to repeat every so often. Also this does go away so don't fret.

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M.P.

answers from Spartanburg on

If her scalp is dry and flaky, it is not dandruff. Dandruff is when your scalp is oily and flaky (as per my dermatologist). My kids both had cradle cap, which I treated by slathering their scalps with conditioner, working the flakes loose with a velcro roller (the BEST) then washing with baby shampoo.

Sounds like you've got some great suggestions from the other moms, but I'm going to add one more. I PERSONALLY have a problem with a dry, itchy scalp, and it drives me bonkers. It started when I moved from the warm wet climate of Florida to the dry climate of South Carolina. Someone told me about Nioxin Scalp Therapy, and I cannot live without it. It is not cheap, but it lasts a very long time. Be warned, though, that the sensation will come as a surprise to a child- it feels like peppermint hand lotion, smells like it, too.

I wish you and your daughter the best.

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N.H.

answers from Charleston on

Try California Baby Super Sensitive body wash/shampoo and conditioner. Don't add oil - that just makes it worse. Our first girl had the same skin/scalp problems until we found this (get it at Whole Foods or a natural food store). Since we started using it, she has had no problems and our second girl never had a problem as we used this from day one. I believe that all of the chemicals in the other products are the culprit. Good luck!

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C.T.

answers from Spartanburg on

Hi I have a 7 month old that had severe cradle cap when he was a few months old. At his well baby visit the Dr. told me to use Selson Blue. Just be careful not to get in the eyes. It really did help.

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N.B.

answers from Spartanburg on

Hi, I use a fine comb on my son's scalp. I use a gentle soap (Rainbow brand)and get it all sudsy, then I comb it A LOT. This removes most of the shampoo and he thinks it feels good. Since I started this his scalp is clear. Oh, I only shampoo his hair once a week to keep from drying out his scalp. In between I use a wet washcloth to remove food/dirt.

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G.A.

answers from Columbia on

Hello A..
Have you taken her to a doctor? You should even try a skin specialist. My daughter is twelf and she has Psoriases. She always has flakes on her scalp and we have to tread it with special shampoo. She may just have dry scalp, but I would have a doctor take a look at it. Good luck!

Little about me: G., mother of two girls(10+12), married for 13 yrs., have my own childcare in my home.

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