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Shampoo routine for dry scalp

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about the shampoo routine for dry scalp. Please feel free to ask the doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

The doctor will probably want your child’s hair shampooed once a day. However, there may be times when you will need to shampoo your child’s hair twice a day. The  doctor wants your child’s hair shampooed ______ times a day.

Follow these steps when shampooing your child’s hair. Be sure to use water of a comfortable temperature.
1. Rinse any “scalp treatment medicine” from your child’s hair and scalp.
2. Apply the shampoo to the hair and scalp. Work up a good lather by using gentle or firm fingertip pressure depending on the doctor or nurse’s advice. Use as many sudsings as necessary to remove any scalp treatment remaining and/or scales. This will take at least two sudsings. This process should take about 10 minutes. After the sudsing, rinse the hair as usual.
3. Rinse the hair and scalp with a vinegar rinse. A vinegar rinse is made by mixing two tablespoons of vinegar with one quart of warm water. Pour the rinse over the scalp and hair. You may want to use a plain water rinse after the vinegar one.
4. Dry the hair with a towel or dryer to a damp-dry stage.
5. Comb out any easily removable scales. Do not comb too hard. You could hurt your child’s scalp.
6. If your doctor has ordered any scalp treatment medicine, apply the medicine to your child’s hair. Remember, you need to apply this treatment while the hair and scalp are damp.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 2000

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 2000


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