For the first year of children’s lives, you don’t really need to worry about hair care all that much. In early infancy, gently wiping the scalp with lukewarm water and sponge once or twice a week is sufficient care.
Don’t get worried about the bald patch at the back of the head that many babies sport during the stage when they spend all their time lying on their backs. This patch is mostly due to friction with the surface on which they lie on.
As they start to crawl around and sit up, hair will grow over the patch. As hair becomes thicker, use mild baby shampoos and gently wash away with lukewarm to cool water.
If your child has dry skin and thus an itchy scalp, a gentle scalp massage with olive oil once or twice a week will provide much needed relief. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
For cradle cap in babies, please remember that it usually resolves by itself. Never scrape off the crusts with your fingernails. Such action will lead to scarring and possibly infection.
If there is spontaneous inflammation accompanied by fever, diarrhea or vomiting, take the child to her pediatrician. They will be able to prescribe products and ointments to ease the discomfort.
For older children
Children’s skin and scalp are quite sensitive to adult products. The best way to care for children’s hair is to use products designed only for them.
Older children are active, spend time outside in the heat and dust. Keep their hair length at a manageable level. Choose products based on the nature of your child’s hair – fine, thick, curly.
Wash once or twice a week with a mild shampoo. Never use hot or warm water. Lukewarm to cool water helps in retaining the natural oils in hair.
For managing head lice, willowbark-based shampoos are known to do the trick of ridding them easily.
After washing, don’t scrub or rub hair. Tousle dry with a soft towel and leave to dry naturally.
An occasional scalp massage with olive oil (say, on weekends when no other activity calls) will improve hair health and shine.
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