My child has dry skin on her scalp. Dandruff shampoo smells bad and is very harsh. Any ideas?

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Terrie Lynn - posted on 01/31/2013

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Shampoo her hair in witch hazel astringent for dandruff control and crack a egg in the hair for body and shine and less dry itchy scalp (the egg need to stay in with the conditioner of your choice for 15 minutes the rinse out). The egg makes th hair look healthier and thicker phus it makes i grow long and strong, this can be done weekly.. It works on all hair types too!!

Lisa - posted on 10/01/2009

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Yes I found some great products through melaleuca that help with dry skin as well as lice.and other health natters.E-mail me at LisaGale45@yahoo.com if you want more info.

Sandee - posted on 09/27/2009

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My daughter gets eczema on her scalp and what we were told to use is Cetaphyl Skin Cleanser on her scalp instead of shampoo. We've been using Cetaphyl or the store brand equivalent on her exclusively for 2 years and it really helps keep the dryness and flaking under control. You may need to use a bit of spray detangler on the ends of her hair when you comb it since you are not using any conditioner. And, if her hair starts to look greasy you can use shampoo occasionally (something very gentle with no fragrances) to remove any buildup.

There are also prescription scalp cleansers that clear scalp irritations like eczema and the sores that the kids get from scratching, but they sting and you have to use them sparingly.

Hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son has the same problem... If you rub baby oil on the scalp and let it soak in for a couple of hours (Use the new gel kind so it doesn't get in the eyes) it will soften the skin and allow you to comb out the dry skin. When your done, just wash hair and it should be fine.

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Samantha - posted on 11/28/2012

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this was actually recommended to me by my son's pediatrician paul mitchell, just the gentle one, and of course the oil. it does help, his flares up in the winter. make sure you rinse really well.

Lisa - posted on 11/02/2011

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i use the dove sensitive soap and works awesome on my sons body he also has eczema but this is the first time he has it on his head and he is scratching his head til it bleeds :(

Alinda - posted on 10/03/2009

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Massage it with mineral oil (it will raise it from the scalp), comb it out then shampoo it. Worked for my niece within 2 weeks.

Karly - posted on 10/03/2009

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try " vosene" shampoo !!! if u cant get hold of that then wash her hair once a month in washing up liquid it works a treat.

Alisa - posted on 10/01/2009

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Sounds a little crazy, but Sea Breeze facial astringent. It truly works. A nurse gave that advice to my mom when I was younger and faced dry scalp every winter. If your child has scratched their scalp because of the dryness, it may be irritating, otherwise it feels cool and can ease the tightness and itching that goes along with the dryness.

Liz - posted on 10/01/2009

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If the child has eczema, he/she may be allergic to baby oil. I do and found out the hard way I was allergic to oils & petroleum based products when I broke out in a rash that was much worse than the dry skin!!!!!!!

Liz - posted on 10/01/2009

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I remember in the '80s there was a shampoo with beer in it that was taken off the market. I have eczema & it was the best shampoo I ever used. The dermo perscribed drops with Tea Tree Oil. It was great for relieving the itch.

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2009

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K this is going to sound really weard K. Go to the store and get the cheepest Beer you can find. let it get warm. 1 hour before you give them a bath put baby oil in the area and rub it good. then pour warm beer in there hair and scrup it in. then add your shampoo, rinse and wash again and then conditioner. it will also bring out the natral high lights in there hair. and it will strip all the nasty gupe in there hair. this works on getting hairspray resson out of your hair too. we do this every 3 months.

Amanda - posted on 10/01/2009

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I had the same problem as a child. Really embarasing:-/ My Mom once a week used to mix up enough mayonaise to cover my head, with some olive oil. I remember she would blend it and comb it thru my hair and work it in to my scalp. she would then wrap plastic wrap around my head and I would spend all day with it on. Of course I would not dare go outside. It worked for me!

Alicia - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son had that and my mum put dry bi-carb on his head with a little bit of water and rubbed it in washed it off. It came off I was amazed

Ginger - posted on 09/30/2009

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I'm a hairstylist if that matters but my sons scalp drove me nuts.. Tea tree oil or shampoo is great, however it can burn their eyes, Head and shoulders may work for the scalp but is VERY damaging to your hair... google your ingredients.. Paul Mitchell makes a great tea tree shmp. Also redkin has a great one as well. Hope it helps...

Geraldine - posted on 09/30/2009

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hi, baby oil isbrill. leave on for 24 hours n give a good wash. u can use it as much as u want n wont damage the hair.

Veranda - posted on 09/30/2009

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Try Sebulex dandruff shampoo. It worked wonders on my son's dry scalp and it didn't dry it out.

Stacy - posted on 09/30/2009

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Both of my boys had the same problem. They called it cradle cap! The doc told me to rub a ton of baby oil on her scalp & leave in for at least 15-20 min before her bath. Then take a soft comb/brush & softly brush through their hair. It removes the dead skin & makes it go away quickly.

Annie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Oil may work, but if your baby is like mine were with a full head of hair, I couldn't imagine trying to get that out of their hair! I opted for Nizoral a shampoo my pediatrician had recommended and it worked well.

Devin - posted on 09/30/2009

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Either warm up some olive oil and rub it on her scalp with a cotton ball. Or make a mixture of honey, olive oil, and a little bit of fresh lemon juice. The lemon juice gets rid of the dandruff, while the others help moisturize. I would have her do this at least once a week until dandruff is gone. I would also suggest switching to an organic shampoo. Most shampoos have sodium laureth sulfate, which actually contributes even more to dandruff issues. Hope this helps in some way.Good luck to you and her.

Jennifer - posted on 09/29/2009

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I used baby oil on my kids a don't wash your hair every day it will help also some leave in conditioners will condition the scalp as well as the hair.

Karen - posted on 09/29/2009

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my daughter has exzema on her arms therfore it's common for the head to be flaky. If your child is not too young I buy my daughter a shampoo called Nizoral. It works for her and keeps the flacks at bay.

Beth - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have psoriasis on my scalp and have spent years doing this that and the next thing. Some of them before we found out that it was psoriasis and not just really bad dry scalp.



Have a doctor look at it first off and determine what it is. Treatment will depend on how old and what it is. Certainly any natural oil - olive oil / grape seed oil will help and won't be harmful in anyway.



There are tons of shampoos that help with dandruff / eczema / psoriasis that smell just fine - trust me I've used my share of bad smelling shampoos. Check out your local health food store if you want to go with a natural product. Nizoral smells nice and works very well a small amout goes a long way which is a good thing as it can be a little pricey.

Shannon - posted on 09/29/2009

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Oh, not to knock baby oil but all it is mineral oil (bi-product of petroleum). It does have the ability to hydrate but it clogs your pores and has chemicals in it that are not beneficial to your health or that of your child. Wish I had known that before I spent years using it myself!! :)

Shannon - posted on 09/29/2009

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You can make an oil for her head and skin that is very gentle, nutritive and really works. If u infuse camomile flowers, lavender and comfrey into Olive oil and rub it in her scalp. If u dont want to make it you can try finding an equivalent at your local health food store.



I am an herbalist and I make this for my son and some of my clients. If you have any further questions or want help making it, send me a private message. Making it yourself takes 2 minutes prep, and about 30mins to infuse(on its own)! Hope this helps.

Peace!

Shannon

Laurie - posted on 09/29/2009

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Good old fashioned baby oil works the best! Oil up your child's head -- let it sit for about 20 minutes or so, then take a fine tooth comb and start gently scratching it off with the comb. Then -- bath time! Cures cradle cap and dandruff in no time!

Karen - posted on 09/29/2009

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How old? if real young use a little babyoil then shampoo after it settles in the scalp I use Head shoulders citrus 2-1 shampoo on my 9 year old with dandruff problems he loves it, it doesnt burn or smell bad. I've also used it on the disabled kids I take care of a good product.

Hope - posted on 09/29/2009

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Also when you have conditioner in your childs hair comb it with a fine tooth comb is a metal comb that they use for lice. I have found that works best. try going with the part line then the opposite way. Finally take the comb and lift the hair from the roots to the ends. There will be alot of flakes that come off so you will need to rinse off the comb and wipe it alot. but if you do this several times a week it will be gone in no time.

Hope - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have found that paul mitchell tee tree shampoo works the best but there is also another shampoo and conditioner called JASON tee tree shampoo and conditioner that works very well and is not nearly as harsh and smells very pleasant.

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My Baby boy had the same problem. The only thing that made it go away for good was, acidophilus & bifidus in powder form. Just open the jell caps in to a small dish, add a little water, then rub or brush on to the babies head. you can let it sit till you give your child a bath. Good luck!!!!! it also works for diaper rash : )

Diana - posted on 09/28/2009

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dont use adult shampoo on the baby... it sounds like a little case of cradle cap. johnson&johnson sales the special shampoo for that.

Kelly - posted on 09/28/2009

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Baby oil really works well, but it on and rub it in, leave it on for about an hour then take a fine tooth comb and comb it out. Good luck to you.

Elisa - posted on 09/28/2009

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Nioxin. It's natural, not harsh and smells like mint. It's meant for thinning hair and/or scalp problems. My dad had flakey scalp issues for all his life. I gave him Nioxin and it took care of it; now that's all he uses. You can find it at most salons. I recommend using the regular shampoo and the Scalp Therapy conditioner. These products are also great for your skin. I use the shampoo as a face wash and the Scalp Therapy is great on a sunburn.

Diedre - posted on 09/28/2009

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my daughter gets cradle cap and a friend recommended that i change my shampoo to natural shampoo as the others leave bad chemical residue on the head (even the baby ones, they are supposed to be the worst!) I now use The Victorian garden from a health shop, it is really helping and smells good too!

Rebecca - posted on 09/28/2009

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my son had bad eczema and the dr told me to use dove sensitive and it worked

Yolande - posted on 09/28/2009

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thinks its cradle cap. You can get stuff at pick 'n pay from elizabeth anne specialy for cradle cap.

Lissette - posted on 09/27/2009

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Avon has a nice dandruff shampoo that is gentle enough for my daughter's hair. But at the same time, My four year old also had the same problem so I used baby shampoo and massaged his head with baby oil. It smelled good and he thought he was getting a special treatment from mommy with the massage.

Sharon - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hi Terri,
My daughter and I recently started using all natural soap bars - either goat's milk or neem oil soap as shampoo, then diluted apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.
This mix is one cup to 1ltr, or 1/2 cup to 500ml - which ALMOST fits in a plastic spritzer/spray bottle (I store the small leftover portion in a jar until the volume of solution in bottle goes down a little). Leave the apple cider vinegar dilution in for 40seconds only, then rinse thoroughly. That is it - SIMPLE!
For best results, do this for 3-4days consecutively, as the hair will need to have previous solutions/chemicals cleaned from it, thus allowing hair to return to natural state.
After the initial 3-4 consecutive days do omly as needed. We do it twice a month each for 1 day only. It is amazing how healthy & shiny the hair looks & feels & how well the scalp responds to it. And it's all NATURAL!!

Good luck, I hope this works as well for you as it does us :-)
Sharon.

Kimberly - posted on 09/27/2009

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Me and my daughter had the same problem. What worked for us was Garnier Fruictus Anti Dandruff Shampoo. It also smells great!! Good luck!

DEONA - posted on 09/27/2009

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HEY
WHEN IT GETS COLD MY DAUGHTER SCALP AND SKIN GETS REALLY DRY I USE FOR HER SCALP IS A SHAMPOO CALL PSORIASIS IT'S AT WALMART AND IT REALLY WORK SHE DON'T HAS PSORIASIS IT JUST TREATS HER DRY SCALP GOOD AND THEN I APPLY SUFFER 8 HAIR LOTION

Helene - posted on 09/27/2009

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I'm a hairstylist and using plain baby shampoo is hard on there little scalps, so what i used was Paul Mitchell baby shampoo and it only costs like $4 so u should be able to get it at any salon that sell Paul Mitchel Products

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2009

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If it is a young child without a lot of hair, baby oil or olive oil works great...but if the child is older try baby shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner. try leaving the conditioner in for about two minutes before rinsing it out.... good luck

April - posted on 09/27/2009

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I don't know if your child ever had cradle cap as a baby or not but both of my girls had a small case. My mom told me to put baby oil on their heads and lightly srub it with a baby brush... It worked perfectly and neither of them ever had dry scalp again. Maybe it might work the same for dandruff since its esentially the same thing. But after you use the baby oil you will have to wash it out well with a gentle shampoo.

Didi - posted on 09/27/2009

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You can find some shampoo with tea tree oil in it. Works great! The one i've used is by Paul Mitchel :)

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how old? if an infant...try baby oil and one of those "brushes' from the hospital. if older....hmmm...I dont know..but, I have seen a line of California Baby products in Target..no chemicals and I believe they have shampoo...all natural stuff and I do like the cream..good luck!

Jamie - posted on 09/26/2009

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head and shoulders has good smelling shampoo and it is for dandruff they also have 2in1

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