Very often toddlers begin to scratch their heads frequently and this condition could occur due to their scalp going dry. There are a few simple steps that you could follow which would help you relieve this condition however the first question that you should be asking yourself if you are in this situation should be not what you can do to relieve this condition but what has caused this condition to occur. The development of a dry scalp could be due to diseases such as psoriasis, contact dermatitis, stress, head lice, tinea, lupus and even eczema. You should make sure that you take your toddler for a check up in order to diagnose what the cause of the dry scalp is as soon as possible. That being said your next concern would obviously be to bring relief to your child. You should avoid washing your child’s hair frequently. Many doctors and clinics recommend washing a toddler’s hair once every five to seven days. While washing their hair use a very mild shampoo and avoid using soap to wash their hair. Soap can get into the child’s eyes and cause a burning sensation.
There are shampoos that can be used for children; these are mild and do not cause any burning in case it gets into the eyes. Soap also tends to remove moisture from the scalp and should therefore be avoided. While washing the baby’s hair be gentle and avoid rubbing the shampoo into the scalp to create lather. Put a little of the shampoo into the palm off your hand and work up a lather with your other hand before putting in onto the child’s head. While rubbing the shampoo into the hair and scalp be very gentle as the toddlers head is still soft and not fully formed.
If you notice that there is flaking on your toddlers head then use a soft tooth brush to dislodge the loose skin and remove it gently. Use a soft comb to brush the hair and keep the scalp as clean as possible. Do not use any hair products like gels, creams or sprays as this will only aggravate the condition. You could use a little moisturizing conditioner to keep the scalp hydrated. Once you apply it leave it in for not more than three minutes and ensure that you rinse it out thoroughly.