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Any advice on how to treat kids dandruff? Treatment like adults?
11-18-2014, 05:51 PM
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Any advice on how to treat kids dandruff? Treatment like adults?
There are countless useful threads in the forum about dandruff, but how about advice on how to treat kids dandruff? Is there a specific dandruff kids treatment? Does their treatment follow the same one for adults?

I ask personally due to one of my nephews looking like he has that. It doesn't look like head lice, and I am worried it could be something more severe than dandruff like seborrheic dermatitis. The kid is seeing the doctor very soon but i would like to ask any of you if dandruff in kids needs any other treatment. Thank you.
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11-18-2014, 06:12 PM
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RE: Any advice on how to treat kids dandruff? Treatment like adults?
As unattractive as dandruff may be, at least it's not head lice, which can be pretty difficult to treat. I agree that th first thing is to get him checked out by a doctor and preferably by dermatologist. Those doctors see dandruff problems in individuals of all ages and with varying degrees of dandruff. Here's what you can do to manage the flakes.

Check it Out:

Again, I cannot emphasize enough to first take the child to see your health care practitioner. Dandruff is one form of scaly skin conditions known as eczema. Since there are other forms that may resemble dandruff, it might be a good idea to consult a dermatologist. The vast majority of cases, however, turn out to be seborrheic dermatitis, also known as dandruff, although dandruff is the least severe presentation of seborrheic dermatitis. While you're getting the diagnosis, advise your child to not scratch if the scalp is itchy because scratching may worsen the symptoms or break the skin.

The First Line of Treatment:

Treatment is usually two-fold. The first goal is to reduce the skin inflammation that contributes to the condition. The second is to fight yeast. Although dandruff is not a yeast infection, yeast is a fungus that sometimes builds up on scaly areas of seborrhea and aggravates the flaking and dandruff problem.

There are a number of over-the-counter treatments you can try. First, there are medicated shampoos that you can buy without a prescription. Shampoos that are recommended to treat dandruff should contain one of the following ingredients: zinc pyrithione (ZPT), coal tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole.

These shampoos are usually safe to use up to several times a week, depending on how severe your child's symptoms are. But always check first with your pharmacist or health practitioner on how often to use the product, even if it's non-prescription.

If the dandruff clears up, go back to non-medicated shampoos. Sometimes one shampoo will work for a while and will then stop working. In that case, switch to another or alternate two different types.

Beyond Shampoo:

Sometimes no shampoo will do the trick, so you may have to try some over-the-counter-creams and lotions that target the dandruff problem more directly.

The first cream that may help is a cortisone scalp lotion in either 0.5 percent or 1 percent concentration that should help reduce the inflammation. Apply it once a day when the hair is damp after shampooing. You can even combine a cortisone cream or lotion with medicated shampoos for dandruff, but only do this if your pharmacist or doctor recommends it.

Another cream that aids in vanishing dandruff is an antifungal cream (1 percent clotrimazole cream and miconazole cream 2 percent). These creams, which should be applied to the scalp once or twice a day, help reduce the yeast organisms living on the affected area. Use the creams until the dandruff subsides. You can use them again if the condition recurs.

If these over-the-counter anti-dandruff products don't work, or stop being effective, you may want to consult a dermatologist who can prescribe a mild steroid, hydrocortisone, or a more powerful anti-fungal cream to use temporarily to get rid of severe symptoms.
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11-20-2014, 10:10 AM
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RE: Any advice on how to treat kids dandruff? Treatment like adults?
Hey dude that's awesome. Thanks for the advice. My sister is taking the kid to the doctor today so she'll mention what you posted too. Gotta love the replies on this forum! Smile
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