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Dandruff in a child - causes and treatment


Dandruff is associated with a recurrent problem affecting the scalp of adults. Does he also accompany children? From what moment can we talk about dandruff, and when changes are cradle cap?

Dandruff in a child - where does this problem come from?

Dandruff is excessive peeling of the horny epidermis of the head. Its occurrence is associated with the hyperactivity of the family of fungi Pityrosporum Ovale. They occur naturally on the scalp of every human being, however, sometimes they develop (especially on seborrheic skin, on which tallow is produced in greater quantity and dry skin - very sensitive to the effects of yeast), which leads to the formation of dry dandruff and often as a consequence to more difficult to treat oily dandruff.

Sometimes dandruff in a child is confused with:

  • cradle cap - this can be recurrent and can occur even in two and three year olds,
  • with scalp mycosis,
  • with head lice
  • psoriasis.

Dandruff is very rare in young children. Usually accompanies teenagers and adults.

Home remedies for dandruff in a child

Dandruff in a child is often caused by using the wrong shampoo, so at the beginning it is worth changing the cosmetic, checking how the skin will behave.

You can also try:

  • castor oil applied to the scalp and hair,
  • infusion of thyme, which has a fungicidal effect: pour a teaspoon of thyme over a glass of boiling water and brew for 10 minutes. After cooling, we massage into the scalp after washing. We do not rinse. We use after each washing.
  • avoiding the use of a large amount of cosmetics,
  • spreading shampoo in water before applying to the head,
  • using lukewarm water to rinse your hair.

Cradle cap in a three year old

Yellow scales on the scalp may appear in children around two or three years old, and even early school children, just like babies. And although you shouldn't worry about them too much, you shouldn't ignore them.

At this age, cradle cap may predict problems with seborrheic dermatitis in the future. Your child may have a tendency to seborrheic lesions, i.e. excessive sebum production. Cradle cap in young children is usually associated with the abnormal development of some sebaceous glands. Some doctors associate the occurrence of cradle cap in several-year-olds with an allergy, but only sometimes confirm this test. The reason may also be too much protein in the child's diet: milk, cheese, kefir, yogurt, etc.

In any case, cradle cap treatment for a few years old should be the same as for an infant.

If you are not sure if the changes on your baby's skin are dandruff, you should see a doctor. A visit will also be necessary when dandruff does not go away, despite changing the cosmetic and home treatment for several weeks.