How Often Do You Wash Your Kid's Hair?

Updated on February 22, 2007
J. asks from Columbus, OH
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My daughter is 2 years and 4 month old. I wash her hair about every 5 days and I use Johnson Johnson's baby shampoo. But maybe it's because it's winter, her scalp look very dry all the time. I believe it's not itchy or anything, because she never scratches. Am I washing her hair too often?

I am wondering how often do other moms wash her little one's hair and what shampoo do you use?

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R.B.

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I wash my almost 2year olds hair everytime he gets a bath, which ends up being every 2-3 days. My little one had a problem one time and my pediatrician had me use head and shoulders for a few washings. That helped a lot.

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L.C.

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That sounds about right. We wash once every 5-7 days. Our 21 month old daughters hair is so dry that if I did it more often it would be over dry. Her hair is very static like and fly away after we wash it. The natural oils always make it look better as the days go on. We use the J&J naturals body wash that can be used on hair too.

Her daily style consists of a ponytail sprout on the top, I wet the bangs daily and I use a curling iron on the sides. Of coarse I am biased but I typically think it is simply adoreable and it take all but 5 minutes every morning.

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S.Z.

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I wash my childrens hair ever other day and have since they started walking and getting dirty. I use the Suave for Kids 2 in 1. It has fun scents and cute pics as an added bonus. I would suggest if the flaking keeps up after you try changing her shampoo, call the doc and ask what they would suggest.
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E.C.

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I wash both of my boys' hair daily and they've never had dry scalps. I agree that you should try a different brand of shampoo. Also, sometimes the scalp will appear dry because of not washing it enough, since regular exfoliation and stimulation of the scalp is needed to keep the skin healthy. If you don't see improvement soon, after trying some changes, then I think you should double check with your her pediatrician to make sure there's no medical cause.

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M.G.

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My daughter will be 2 next month. I was her hair and give her a bath everyday and she has exczema. Have you tried switching shampoo? J & J stuff is horrible for my little girl. But Huggies and the Gerber ones are ok for her. I use Aveeno lotion on her body and she is ok. Also, too, I noticed if I only rinsed her once, even if extremely thoroughly in the bath, she was more itchy nad dry. BUt now, I wash her, rinse her, and then immediately before I take her out I rinse her again even more thorough than the previous one. That seems to help me. But no you are NOT washing her hair too often. I dunno about your little girl.... but mine needs her washed everyday. With food and paint and just sweat and every day stuff, I can't not wash her hair.

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H.C.

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That used to happen to me with my son. It almost looked like cradle cap again, so my hairdresser had me get Paul Mitchel shampoo from the salon for him and it works wonders. The salon told me that Johnsons baby shampoo causes that.

A.R.

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I wash Ally's hair about the same..... I don't want her to be cold and wet all the time. Since she seems stuffy all the time too.

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K.T.

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I bathe both of my girls (one is 9 months and the other is 3 years) usually every other day, and I wash their hair with every bath. We use Johnson's & Johnson's shampoo on my older daughter, but my baby tends to have oily hair and does better with Gerber Grins & Giggles body wash/shampoo.

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R.B.

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I wash my almost 2year olds hair everytime he gets a bath, which ends up being every 2-3 days. My little one had a problem one time and my pediatrician had me use head and shoulders for a few washings. That helped a lot.

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