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.”
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.