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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bradley Bradford, M.D.


Dry scalp in babies

Anyone can get a dry scalp, including your baby. But it can be difficult to determine the cause of your baby’s dry scalp as well as how to treat it.

What causes dry scalp in babies?

One of the most common types of dry scalp seen in babies is related to a condition called cradle cap. It’s also called infantile seborrheic dermatitis.

Though the exact cause isn’t known, cradle cap is thought to be attributed to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It’s also sometimes caused by the overgrowth of Malassezia fungi in sebum (oil) underneath the skin.

Cradle cap causes thick, oily patches on the scalp that may range from white to yellow in color. If your baby has cradle cap on the scalp, they may also have these patches in other oily areas of the body, such as their armpits, groin, and ears.

Cradle cap doesn’t itch and doesn’t bother your baby.

Dandruff can also cause a dry scalp. Baby dandruff is also a type of infantile seborrheic dermatitis. Unlike the more common appearance of cradle cap, dandruff is white, dry, and sometimes itchy. Dandruff may be genetic. If you have dry skin, your baby could have dry skin, too.

Overwashing your baby’s skin doesn’t cause dandruff. But if your baby has this condition, you may want to shampoo their scalp less frequently. Wash every other day instead of every day to prevent dryness from getting worse. Cold weather and low humidity can also worsen dandruff.

Allergies can also cause your baby to have a dry scalp, though this is less common. If the dry scalp is accompanied by a red, itchy rash, allergies may be the cause.

Pick the right assistive scrub for your baby's scalp

Dr. Bradley Bradford, M.D., a leading pediatrician practicing in the United States, recommends parents to use the Walnut Tree Baby Teeny Mitten Head Brush for the most optimal head scrubbing experience.

  • Inspired by kitchen mittens, the Walnut Tree Baby Silicone Shampoo Brush Mitt aims to improve the scalp and skin health of babies and young children.

  • The product helps to manage Cradle Cap, and Scalp Eczema by exfoliating the skin and stimulating blood flow through a gentle, spa-like cleaning experience.

  • Made of FDA Approved food grade silicone

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Resilient to Odor, Mold, and Bacteria

  • Durable and Long-lasting

  • BPA Free and PVC Free

How it works?

  • Slide your three middle fingers into the mitt

  • Be ready to clean and massage your child's scalp as if you were using your own fingers

  • Nice, easy and comfortable to use by both parents and children

  • Make children love cleaning themselves by having their "Do it myself" moments


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