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How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies

by
author image Traci Joy
A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."
How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies
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Dry scalp is common with babies and is often referred to as "cradle cap." It's appearance can be that of dandruff or of thick, yellowish patches which tend to flake. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, most babies simply outgrow their dry scalp problem. However, if the scalp becomes too dry, it can cause an itch for the infant, making her uncomfortable. There is a simple method for treating dry scalp or cradle cap in babies, using olive oil and a soft brush.

Step 1

How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies
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Put a small amount of olive oil on your fingertips, and gently massage it into the baby's scalp. Use small, circular motions with gentle pressure. Allow the oil to remain on the scalp for 15 minutes. The oil not only moisturizes the scalp, it also helps lift the crusted dry skin, making it easier to remove in Step 2.

Step 2

How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies
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Take the soft baby brush and brush the baby's scalp with it, again using small, circular motions. This helps loosen the excess dry skin or dandruff on the scalp, so it can easily be washed out of the hair.

Step 3

How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies
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Wash the baby's hair with a mild baby shampoo. Apply the shampoo, and then let it sit on the scalp for a few minutes while you bathe the baby. This allows the shampoo time to break up the oil so it can be easily washed out of the hair. After washing the hair, thoroughly rinse out the shampoo. Shampoo left on the scalp can cause dryness and dandruff.

Step 4

How to Treat Dry Scalp in Babies
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Apply a thin layer of oil between shampoos to act as a moisturizer and prevent dry scalp.

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