Dry Scalp... please help!!!

Erin - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter has a really dry scalp that looks nasty and is uncomfortable for her, very itchy. I've tried brushing lotion and baby oil on it, and cutting back on baths. I also use a soapless cleanser/ dandruff conditioner. It's just getting worse. Please, any advice would be helpful!

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Karen - posted on 04/01/2010

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Ya Julia had mild eczema as well, and I had to cut back on bathing and just used Eucerin I believe. All my kids have sensitive skin, thanks to Daddy.

Marie - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son has eczema, i went to the ped about it, she said i should be bathing him every day to absorb moisiture then put his cream on then vasaline over the top to lock it all in.

Erin - posted on 04/01/2010

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Luanne, to help with my daughter's eczema, she only gets a bath once or twice a week, unless she really needs more, and I put Curel's Ultra Healing lotion on her twice a day. And I also use hydrocortizone every once in awhile.

Marie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Try olive oil and keep brushing it, my son had a bad scalp when i was using Johnson's, i changed over to huggies hypoallergenic moisturizing body and hair wash, it helped a lot.

Luanne - posted on 03/31/2010

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Oh, my son has eczema too and his scalp used to flake like crazy. Kept him scratching his head all night. What do you do for your daughters eczema?

Erin - posted on 03/31/2010

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Thanks you guys. Karen, I stopped using shampoo because the soap dries it out, and started using a cleanser that's soapless only when needed. Heather, I'd heard about the olive oil before but haven't been able to try it. My daughter had eczema as well. Unfortunately, I didn't pass on only my good traits, lol

Heather - posted on 03/31/2010

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Hey Erin,

Have you seen cradle cap before? Does it look like that? My wee girl, Chloe, has had cradle cap since she was born and only now is it beginning to shift. (Nearly 14 months old. Olive Oil is a pretty good suggestion for a lot of dry skin complaints and certainly I used it on Chloe. Her hair is pretty short but even so, it would look greasy so I wouldn't have it on her hair all the time but what I would do is put i on once we were home for the rest of the day and keep it on as long as possible (even overnight if you can) or wash it out in the bath.

I very recently started using a shampoo called Dentinox and that is working really well. I think it was getting better anyway and now the shampoo is just kicking it in the ass!

Otherwise, I have a friend with a child of same age as Chloe and he has excema. She also uses Olive Oil.

Hope this helps and I hope you're little one is less uncomfortable soon.



Heather :) x

Karen - posted on 03/31/2010

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Have you tried not using any shampoo or conditioner? I don't use anything on my kids unless they get real yuckies in their hair. Shampoo strips your hair of natural oils, then you need conditioner (or lotion for babies) to get the moisture back in. So I figure why don't I just not start the cycle with my kids, then they won't have to worry about it later kwim.

Before I started this, my oldest used to get a dry, yucky, flakey scalp. I wouldn't put lotion, I think it makes it worse...just builds up more stuff to flake off kwim.

I would use a baby oil and brush it with a soft bristle baby brush. Kinda of like rub it and eventually it does go away. I think once you get rid of it, don't put anything on her head and it will restore itself back to a normal healthy balance. Sometimes natural works best.

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