If you have ever had dandruff, with the telltale white flakes, you surely know how embarrassing it could be. In the case of teenagers and kids, this is as true as a rock as they are already self-conscious about their looks.This could cause social isolation and may result in low self-esteem. So, if you are wondering how to treat dandruff in your child’s hair and how to spare your child from the embarrassment, here is what you need to know.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff, also known as Seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea, is a common skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. In infants, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is referred to as cradle cap/Infantile Seborrheic Dandruff and in older kids and adults, the condition is known as dandruff. In this condition, dead skin cells start to shred from the scalp and the flaky skin will be visible on the scalp or in the hair as white or yellowish flakes. It could occur on any part of the body which might be oily such as eyebrows, armpits, groin, neck, crease of the nose and belly button. The flakes could cause redness and itchiness in the affected area. In left untreated, it could also lead to hair fall.
The factors that could cause dandruff are the amount of water intake, environment, temperature, poor hygiene, etc.
How to get rid of dandruff from your child's hair:
Brush your child's hair thoroughly:
Before every wash, brush your child's hair thoroughly. This helps in removing all the dead skin cells from the scalp and helps the shampoo to work directly on the scalp.
If dandruff is causing problems in day-to-day life, your child's doctor may prescribe medicated shampoo which might contain either salicylic acid or tar. These ingredients reduce scaling and help the medication to work directly on the scalp. The frequency of the shampoo usage depends on the severity of dandruff. Your kid may be asked to use it to clean his hair either every day or on an alternate day or a few times a week.
No to conditioner:
Conditioner or any other styling product leave behind a residue and this could worsen the condition. So, ensure your kids are not using any of such products for now.
Use of lemon juice:
Lemon is a great exfoliant and has an abundant amount of Vitamin C and hydroxyl acids which could fight dandruff. It soothes the scalp and reduces the itching by removing the dead cells from the scalp and by reducing the flakes accumulated on the scalp. You can extract the lemon juice and dilute it by adding it to water. Apply it to your little one’s scalp and wash it after a few minutes.
Aloe Vera juice:
Aloe Vera has a cooling property along with anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties. It treats dandruff effectively, reduces inflammation and also heals the wound if at all there are any because of scratching too much. For best results, extract the juice from aloe vera and apply to scalp. Let it remain for 10 minutes and wash off using the lukewarm water.
Butter or Mayonnaise:
ITis an effective remedy for dandruff. Along with removing the dry flakes, it moisturizes hair and offer lustrous looks. It is suitable for all kinds of hair. To get rid of dandruff, take a right amount of butter and gently rub on the scalp of your kid. Let it remain for one hour and rinse it off with plain water.
Apple is one of the best remedies for curing dandruff. It contains an enzyme called phenolase that could decrease the cell turnover rate. Hence, the dead skin cells don’t accumulate rapidly and help in reducing dandruff.
Neem is well-known for its anti-fungal anti-bacterial qualities. Neem extract could be great for treating the skin conditions as well. Since dandruff is caused due to fungal infections of the scalp, this age-old remedy could be an excellent aid in treating dandruff.