When Should You Visit Your Doctor?
Dandruff usually gets better by using mild baby shampoos, medicated shampoos, or by some home remedies in a few days. However, if you notice the following conditions, then see a doctor.
Dandruff gets worse with
- Increased flaking
- Severe itchiness
- Hairfall or loss of hair in patches
- Bleeding or formation of pus on the scalp
The doctor might recommend anti-dandruff shampoos or ointments that help in treating dandruff. Recommendations might include:
- Wash your toddler’s scalp and hair regularly.
- Use a clean, soft bristle brush to comb their hair.
- Use of anti-dandruff shampoo.
- If over the counter shampoos do not help, then the doctor might recommend a suitable shampoo, steroid cream, or antifungal cream depending on the problem.
- Shampoos containing other agents like 1% selenium sulfide, sulfur, tar, zinc pyrithione, or zink oxide, ketoconazole(2%), etc., are also effective. However, use them only under the doctor’s recommendation.
- Limiting the intake of dietary products like bread, cheese, or food that is made with yeast or fungi.
Always follow the doctor’s recommendation before using any special shampoo or any other product for the toddler.
Frequently Asked Questions About Toddler Dandruff
- Is dandruff hereditary?
Yes. Some animal studies have shown genetic susceptibility to dandruff. However, more research needs to be done to establish the same in humans.
- Does poor hygiene cause dandruff in toddlers?
Infrequent shampooing of the toddler’s head and scalp leads to an excess build-up of dead skin cells. It might eventually lead to flaking of the skin.
- Can I use anti-dandruff shampoo for toddlers?
Yes, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo that is made specifically for toddlers. However, it is best to consult a doctor before using any over-the-counter product for toddlers.
Dandruff is not a disease. It may occur due to various reasons and can be treated too. Maintain hygiene and use good quality, mild shampoos for the baby. However, if you see dandruff on your toddler’s head, contact a pediatrician for a solution. Do not use any home remedies or medications without the pediatrician’s recommendation.