Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MOMMY ITCH | 2010-04-20


ITCHY head

My 3 year old daughter started scratching her head about 1 month ago - I have checked on a daily base - NO LICE - no cradle cap no flaking no read rash.(only red after she scrached) But she will sit and watch tv and then suddenly start scratching she complain about the itch she even scratches when she sleeps - I put half a bottle of Bio oil on her head one night just so we could get some sleep - and left it in for 24 hours changed her shampoo and gave her alergex - It seems to be better but not gone. I sit and check the scalp under an bright light - she does not have very thick hair but quite long. She mostly scratch behind the ears - neck line and forhead/fringe but sometimes even middle of the head - the school also check as they have very strict policy on lice and nothing. What els can I try before I have to use my hard earned money to see a Dr that will probably also not know. (I do have a medical background and understand medicine quite well)

Expert's Reply



There are other causes besides head lice for itchy scalp problems.You seem to have excluded head lice here as well as any scaling rash of her scalp.Fungal infections such as a form of ringworm called 'tinea' is a common problem in young children. Dry scalp is probably the most common cause. Change her shampoo brand and use Elizabeth Anne baby shampoo or a special shampoo called 'Pure shampoo' [available at pharmacies] when you wash her hair. She may respond to using a little cocanut oil massaged into her scalp after washing her hair.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2010-04-20

Sounds exactly like lice and nits to me. There''s a spray you can get from the pharmacy. It needs only 1 application.
You can check about 1 cm from the root on the hair shaft - thats where the nits (eggs) are found. They are minute and transparent. You''ll need to remove them with a nit comb though, as even the spray doesn''t always kill them. The lice themselves are rarely seen, but are a bit bigger and black.
Best of luck.

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Posted by: Shelby | 2010-04-20


My son had the same problem and I also searched his head but found nothing, until I caught the lice. They can be very small and clear in colour, so you won''t see them under a bright light.

I used the pack by Tea Tree. It is about R80 and it worked within 3 days on my son.

Good luck.

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