All about dandruff

 
Contributed by : Palak Vyas, Ravina Sewani   
All about dandruff

Here are Dandruff Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Home Remedies.

The small pieces of dead skin that are found in hair, which normally result in white flakes or even itchiness, is called dandruff.


Causes:

  • Improper shampooing
  • Malnutrition
  • Sensitivity to hair products
  • Eczema fungus
  • Dry skin
  • Stress



Symptoms:

  • Visible dry white flakes on your child’s scalp or outfits
  • Continuous itching of the scalp area
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Dry scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Hair loss (temporary)
  • An oily area on the scalp


Treatment:

  • Medicated Shampoo
  • Keep your child hydrated
  • Proper nutrition
  • Separate combs and towels for your child


Following are a few suggestions which might help to reduce dandruff in your child's hair:

  • Avoid overusing chemical shampoos: Over use of shampoo or baby wash can lead to skin problems. It can build up on their scalps and cause dandruff.
  • Gentle exfoliation: Gentle exfoliation may be appropriate to help shed the scalp of excess skin. First, apply a small amount of gentle baby shampoo and massage it into the scalp and then exfoliate with the soft bristle brush once in a while when you wash their hair.
  • Baby oil/ Lotion: Rubbing a few drops of mineral oil or lotion into the scalp and letting it sit for a few minutes before brushing and shampooing the child's hair will be helpful. Try and keep baby’s scalp well hydrated with baby oil/lotion.
  • Dandruff shampoo: In some situations if the dandruff persists, talk to your baby’s paediatrician and as per his/her guidance you can use any mild dandruff shampoo for your baby.


Home Remedies:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lemon juice mixed with coconut oil
  • Mixture of yogurt, egg yolks, and honey
  • Baking soda mixed with water
  • Oiling the scalp



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Treating hair loss

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