Dandruff is flaking of the scalp that leads to the formation of yellow or white flakes. These flakes are visible on the toddler’s head, hair, and shoulders, and the toddler might complain of an itchy scalp. Dandruff is more common among newborns and young adults but can occur in toddlers as well.
Symptoms Of Dandruff In Toddlers
The primary symptom is the formation of yellow or white dandruff flakes, which are often visible on the scalp and shoulders. Severe dandruff problems can be due to seborrheic dermatitis, which can display the following symptoms:
- A red rash around the ear, forehead, eyebrow, or the scalp
- Greasy white or yellow scales of skin that can be accompanied by red patches of skin seen along the hairline, behind the hair, on eyebrows, on the bridge of the nose, between nose and lips, on the chest, on underarms and groin
- Dryness of skin
- Temporary hair loss
The exact cause of dandruff is unknown. The following conditions or problems can increase the possibility of dandruff.
- Oily skin.
- Eczema; it can increase the shedding of skin and thus increase the formation of dandruff flakes.
- Fungal infections, like those caused by a fungus called Malassezia.
- Seasonal changes; dandruff is seen more during winters due to increased oil production and moist scalp.
- Some researchers say that dandruff has a genetic predisposition.
- Allergic reaction to some chemical irritants in soap or shampoo.
Home Remedies For Dandruff In Toddlers
- Lemon juice diluted in water is said to be effective in clearing dandruff.
- The pulp of aloe vera has been found to be an effective mild cleanser in treating dandruff and itchiness of scalp.
- Overnight application of olive oil has been found useful for reducing dandruff.
- Massaging coconut oil on hair and scalp before shampoo is also considered effective. Virgin coconut oil has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- A combination of egg yolks, honey, and yogurt can nourish the scalp.
- Application of a diluted paste of baking soda for a few minutes before shampooing helps in the reduction of dandruff. Baking soda has mild exfoliation properties. It absorbs excess oil, removes dead cells, and also fights fungal infections.
If your toddler has allergies, then never use any home remedies without first consulting a pediatrician.