Dandruff!!

Delores - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Can anyone recommend an all natural solution to dry scalp? My two month old has a ton of hair and a ton of dandruff...

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Maria - posted on 12/23/2009

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If you can find someone who sells Melaleuca products, try the Koala kids line of bath soap gel and shampoo. It's based on tea tree oil and is eco friendly, as are all of their cleaning products too, if you are looking to switch to more eco friendly environment in your own home and be less harsh on yourself. I switched from Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo (found in some studies to have carcinogens) to the Melaleuca products and then switched out many household cleaners with powerful chemicals, like Lysol and Pledge, to all natural substitutes as well!

Whatever you do, avoid milk-based shampoos/bath products until the baby is well over a year old and able to drink cow's milk. While milk can have moisturizing effects, it can also contribute to skin irritations and even blatant allergies when introduced too early.... as we found when our son was 9 months old. Good luck!

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Regina - posted on 01/01/2010

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brush the babys hair with a baby brush. Then after you give your baby his daily bath rub his scalp down with baby lotion. once it dries your babies hair will not be oily but very soft and fresh smelling for the day and it will moisturize the scalp.
Then brush the hair again and let dry.

Tiffany - posted on 01/01/2010

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Theses are all great suggestions. The one i like best is the olive oil treatments. The condition is called cradle cap like mention several times above. And if you think about it newborns sheed a lot of skin all over so it is natural but annoying. It will go away whatever you do. My Dr. prescribed me a special shampoo for my daughter and then she also said I could use selson blue (please don't do that unless the Dr. says okay). Both really worked. But for a natural remedie, I used the olive oil on my son (3 wise years later) and it took longer, but it worked. Just leave the head moisturized like you do the rest of the body and pretty soo You baby will have long healthy hair.

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2009

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I found that slightly warming baby oil or olive oil and rubbing on baby's scalp then brushing with a soft baby brush worked for my bubs...

Debbie - posted on 12/23/2009

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I used baby oil and a fine-tooth comb on my daughter when she had dandruff/cradle cap and it totally did the trick. I would rub it on her scalp and let it sit for a few minutes and then gently comb through. You may have to repeat the process several times over a few days to get rid of it completely. Just be patient and it will be worth it in the end.

Dianne - posted on 12/23/2009

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Quoting Delores:

Dandruff!!

Can anyone recommend an all natural solution to dry scalp? My two month old has a ton of hair and a ton of dandruff...


In the old days in babies this condition was called CRADLE CAP and my mom and grandmother used to massage baby oil or olive oil into the scalp to loosen this scum and then comb with a finetooth comb  before washing the head(do not use shampoo) with cool water and I still use this remedy on my own scalp and I am 60 now(it works) and does not cause any allergic reactions



Good Luck



Gramma Dianne

Alexandria - posted on 12/23/2009

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Anything with harsh scents and chemicals is no good for baby or an adult.

Tracy - posted on 12/23/2009

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that sounds to me like it is cradle cap and not really dandruff. Cradle cap goes away on its own in a week or so. Just make sure that you are using baby wash and not adult shampoo for the baby.

Delores - posted on 12/23/2009

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I'll try that. So far I part her hair and use a Qtip to apply Olive Oil to her scalp to loosen the dandruff. Then I take a fine toothed comb to work it out. Then I simply rinse well without washing...washing seems to make the dryness worsen. She seems to tolerate that routine pretty well...I just hope this stuff goes away on its own eventually. I will try that product with Olive Oil...Thanks!!

Alexandria - posted on 12/23/2009

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For babies, that is a tough one. Mayonaise, lemon juice, & olive oil work best on adults, but on babies not so sure. What I do know is any harsh chemicles DO NOT WORK at all, for anyone. Any shampoo with harsh chemicles or scents do nothing for the hair, but make it worse. I would try a natural shampoo for babies with olive oil in. None of that typical baby shampoo stuff. Use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil creamy aloe shampoo. Use a dab of that to shampoo wtih and it should do the trick.

September - posted on 12/23/2009

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Baby oil? I'm not sure there is a lot that you can use on a 2 month old baby. My guess would be that it's cradle cap and will go away. Our son had it and it lasted until he was about 4 months old. I never used anything on it and let it clear up on its own.

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