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Home Remedy for Dandruff in Kids

author image S.R. Becker
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.
Home Remedy for Dandruff in Kids
Dandruff shampoo Photo Credit: Shane White/iStock/Getty Images

As your child enters puberty or adolescence, he might notice the presence of dandruff. Also known as sebhorreic dermatitis, dandruff can leave unsightly white flakes on his shoulders. According to KidsHealth, children who suffer from eczema might be more likely to develop the condition, but treating dandruff doesn't require a trip to the doctor unless it becomes severe. Any one of a number of home remedies can resolve your tween or teen's dandruff problem and stop his scalp from itching.

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Step 1

Mix 12 drops of tea tree oil into 1 ounce of carrier oil such as almond, jojoba or olive oil. Apply the oil to the scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes before shampooing.

Step 2

Wash hair with a medicated dandruff shampoo. As an alternative, crush two uncoated aspirin in a mortar and pestle and add it to the amount of shampoo your child normally uses to wash her hair.

Step 3

Wash hair with baking soda instead of shampoo. Mix a handful of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Massage the paste into the scalp and leave it on while showering. Rinse at the end of the shower.

Step 4

Follow regular shampooing with a scalp rinse. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or alcohol-based mouthwash to 1 cup of water. As an alternative, mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Rinse hair with plain water after shampooing and follow by pouring the scalp rinse over the scalp. If dryness is a problem, follow with an oil-free conditioner. Otherwise, it is not necessary to rinse with water.

Step 5

Make a hair mask using 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, half a mashed banana and 4 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage the mask into the scalp for five minutes and leave it on for 15 minutes before shampooing.

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