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my two year old has a dry scalp. what can i do to treat this?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Little dab'll do you: Try a little dab of olive oil on the scalp. Think about what you're using to wash your kid's hair. Could the shampoo be drying out the scalp?
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Seborrhea: This is seborrheic dermatitis (yes, it does occur in children), and should respond promptly to a mild anti-dandruff shampoo (head & shoulders or something similar). Avoid tar and salicylic acid shampoos, which are too harsh for young children. And with all respect, please don't apply olive oil; it will only make it worse.

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What are the soft spots on my infant's scalp?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Usually normal!: The classic "soft spot" on babies is the anterior fontanelle, a space that is needed for the head to expand and take shape as the brain grows. Your pediatrician will examine your baby and determine if the soft spot is within the normal range or if it needs to be paid close attention.
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Is scaling of the scalp a sign of infection?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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No: Your baby may have a common benign newborn condition called "cradle cap". It is a kind of baby dandruff caused by overactive oily glands on the scalp. Try applying a small amount of baby oil or olive oil to the scalp, then using a soft baby brush to gently remove the flakes, and then wash your baby's hair. If that does not do the trick, contact your doctor as there are alternative treatments.
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How do I get rid of these scab-like things on my scalp?

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Dr. Betty Keller
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Get evaluated: Get an evaluation so you get the correct diagnosis and treatment options.
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What is the cause of scalp psoriasis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Same as body: There is inflammation amd thickening of the skin with thick attached scales. Although psoriasis can occur only in the scalp it usually accompanies psoriasis on other parts of the body. Scalp psoriasis can be nore difficult to treat with topicals and is less responsive to ultraviolet therapy or laser because of the hair.
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No: They infect the intestines.

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