As a parent or care giver, it is important to take care of the baby’s in the best way possible to avoid fungal or bacterial infections. To encourage healthy development of hair, it is advisable to keep the baby’s head and hair clean, even if there is very little hair in the first months after birth.
Taking care of a baby’s hair doesn’t require much. You need an infant shampoo, which should be gree from perfumes and detergents as the presence of these may cause allergies to the baby. While buying the shampoo, ensure it is tear free. If you cannot afford to buy the baby shampoo or if it is not available in a shop near you, you can gently wash your baby’s hair using a clean, soft cloth and warm water.
Cleaning baby’s hair.
It is advisable to make washing the baby’s hair as natural and a part of his bath routine as possible. Put some warm water in a basin, pour some infant shampoo on the baby’s head while he lies on your free hand or on the bath mat with his face up to ensure water or shampoo don’t get into his eyes. Rub the shampoo in gently. Take care of the baby’s soft spot and ensure that minimal pressure is applied there.
After you are satisfied that all the dirt has been removed use a soft cloth to remove the excess foam and rinse the remaining shampoo with warm water. Continue untill the hair is fully rinsed and there are no more traces of shampoo.
In cases where the baby has gained control, use one hand to gently scrub the baby’s head and pour water over its head using a small jug in order to rinse the washing shampoo. As you wash the baby’s hair, be sure to sweet-talk him in a comforting tone as it will put him at ease and make him love the experience even in future.
When baby has cradle cap
You can tell if your child has cradle cap when their scalp has areas with red, flaky skin. This condition is usually harmless but if it persists a doctor may prescribe a cortisone cream to treat it. However, with regular washing and use of a mild shampoo this problem is eliminated within a few months after birth.
A soft massage can also help to make the flakes loose, although scraping should never be done on the baby’s soft spot. Once the flakes are loose, use warm water to wash the scalp and dry well.
Combing baby’s hair
As much as shampooing the baby’s hair is important, combing it is equally crucial. Most babies’ hair is naturally soft. You should use a wide-toothed comb to work out any tangles before shampooing, and also after washing the hair.
For tough baby-hair tangles, be extra gentle when combing to avoid hurting the baby. Make sure that the hair is kept neatly trimmed to prevent any unnecessary tangling. In the first year, most parent opt to trim their baby’s hair at home. Make sure that the hair cutting equipment you use well sterilised to avoid infections.
You don’t have to wash your baby’s hair every day. Do it on a need-to basis or after every few days. Use a clean towel to dry the hair then comb it through. Use baby lotion or petroleum jelly if the hair dry. Aplly a small amount on your hands and rub it gently on the baby’s scalp and ensure it is evenly distributed. If need be, comb the hair again.