Cradle Cap December 3, 2010

Dandruff is the excess shedding of dead skin from the scalp and when small children are a patient to this disease then it is called “CRADLE CAP”. Although this ailment is rare in children but still in some cases a child may develop plaques on the scalp. There can be many possible reasons for the occurrence of cradle cap:-

§  Hormonal changes when reaching puberty is one the most common reason for the initiation of this problem in children.

§  An obstinate child may develop dandruff by demanding to do everything himself. He may not properly rinse his scalp while shampooing which would further lead to cradle cap.

§  Taking your children for frequent trips without bothering for the weather may also be a cause. Extreme weather is a major cause for dandruff.

§  Are you suffering from dandruff? If so then the chances of your child suffering from it are doubled. This is because dandruff is hereditary.

The innocent children usually scratch their head unaware that it may intensify their problem of dandruff. It is best to cure cradle cap in the early stages otherwise it may magnify and result into severe dandruff. Here are some tips which you can use to eliminate dandruff from your little angel’s scalp.

§  Don’t let him show his stubbornness and shampoo all by himself. Take the initiative and wash his hair at least thrice a week. Also properly rinse the hair.

§  Instead of going for his usual smell-good baby shampoo, opt for a good anti-dandruff shampoo under the supervision of a hair expert as these strong products may damage your baby’s hair.

§  Try to use cold or warm water while washing hair instead of hot water. Cold water seals the pores and prohibits oil to come to the scalp which further prevents dandruff.

§  If your child is a fashion freak and uses all kind of styling products then limit the usage. Even the products labeled “for children” contain ingredients which can cause dandruff.

§  Don’t let him go out and play during the day in the hot summer months.

It is easier to deal with dandruff in the early hours. Even some home remedies may help alleviate this ailment. So just go and have a look at your child’s scalp. He might be hesitating to tell you. But this problem is sure embarrassing and frustrating for a child. If any of the above methods do not work and your child still suffers from patches or flaking the it is important for you to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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