HAIR(Y) TALES

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

PROB­LEM

If you thought ba­bies have no wor­ries per­tain­ing to hair, you couldn’t be more off the mark! Win­ters can raise quite some prob­lems for your lit­tle one’s mop. Pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Ravin­dra Chit­tal of Hin­duja Health­care Sur­gi­cal, Mumbai, ex­plains, “As the hu­mid­ity plum­mets with win­ter pro­gress­ing, bosy and scalp hair tends to be­come dry and brit­tle. The scalp tends to be­come scaly, es­pe­cially in chil­dren with se­b­or­rheic skin, and those with in­fan­tile eczema. As the se­b­or­rhoea wors­ens it leads to itch­i­ness of scalp and hair fall.”

SOLUTION

Keep the scalp moist with the ap­pli­ca­tion of gen­tle co­conut or olive oil, to avoid flakes, dan­druff and brit­tle hair. Keep the child’s body hy­drated to not let the hair and scalp be­come dry from within. Use a mild sham­poo to wash the hair, but do not wash too fre­quently. Adding Vi­ta­min-E en­riched foods like al­mond, broc­coli and spinach to your child’s diet, also helps in shield­ing the hair against the cold. Dr Ma­ha­jan sug­gests us­ing a hu­mid­i­fier in the child’s room to keep its scalp and hair moist with­out the fear of catch­ing a chill.

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