what can you use on a 3yr.old childs hair that has dry scalp?

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Sunni - posted on 03/23/2009

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My 14 month old daughter had horrible, horrible dry scalp. My ped. told me to use head and shoulders. I used the original head and shoulders three times a week. (I wash her hair almost every night) I did that for 2 or 3 weeks. I got immediate results and haven't had much problems since and it's been months. Just check with your ped. first but I'm sure it will be fine. Just make sure that you don't get it in your little ones eyes. Ouch!

Janet - posted on 03/24/2009

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Do not use Johnson and Johnson it did the same thing to my childs head. We had to get a good shampoo from my hair dresser. It helped tremendously. I know we all use johnsons shampoos but I found it is not good to hair. Now we use Koala Pals everthing in the bathroom for our girls.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2009

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Head and Shoulders or Nizoral about 2-3 times a week. Probably just seborheic dermatitis--fancy for baby dandruff. (i'm a pharmacist, and 2 of my kids had the same thing) It will take a couple of weeks to really improve.

Kelly - posted on 03/24/2009

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You can also rub their head with a little oil (I used olive) about an hour before bath, and then right before bathing, take a fine tooth comb and sort of gently comb/scrape off the scabby parts. (This was one of the suggestions my ped gave me, as well as the others already listed here.) You will probably need to do this a few times, then I would just follow up with the dandruff shampoo for a while after that. Buying a travel size dandruff shampoo is what I have done, if you don't need it for yourself.

Jessie - posted on 03/23/2009

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hi nikki,



you can use baby oil on your childs head and jsut massage it in. i know it will make her childs hair a little oily but it will help your childs scalp

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Courtney - posted on 03/24/2009

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I put a couple sqirts of baby oil in the bath water but still use shampoo! It seems to help and doesn't leave the hair to oily!

Sunni - posted on 03/24/2009

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When I was really young my Mom had lots of trouble with my scalp being dry. She ended up having to have my scalp treated with a steroid, and had to use a prescription shampoo. I would defiantly discuss more options with your pediatrician.

Nikki - posted on 03/24/2009

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I tried using head and shoulders but it wasn't doing anything for my daughter hair at all. I wash her hair twice every week and its still dry!!!

Marya - posted on 03/24/2009

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Good replies previously, but I was told washing with shampoo too often can cause dry scalp. I only use shampoo on my 2 year old's hair 1-2 times per week. I have noticed a difference.

Lacey - posted on 03/23/2009

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There is something called "cradle cap care", obviously you can use it for dry scalp and not just cradle cap.  It works amazingly well, I noticed a difference in the first use.  Hope this helps!

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