A 35-year-old female asked:
4 year old keep scratching head in one small place at crown. scratch thatt it bleed. and says it itches. what can i use. looks dry and scalpy.
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Itch/scratch cycle: This is a cycle of behavior often triggered by an unrelated event. The kid scratches an area & tears some tissue which becomes itchy as it tries to heal. The kid then scratches/tears it again. Keep the area clean & apply abx ointment. Keeping mittens on the kid might help but "paying" the kid not to scratch (whatever reward you can think of) may be needed to break the habit.
Answered on Jan 11, 2020
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