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Does dandruff affect children differently than adults?

Dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, occurs most frequently in infants under three months of age and adults between the ages of 30 and 70. However, individuals of all ages may exhibit symptomatic dandruff. Young children are unlikely to experience the psychosocial stress and social embarrassment that older children and adults may encounter. Otherwise, the symptomatic expression of dandruff in children is similar to that in adults.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Dandruff affects very young children in a slightly different way than in older kids and adults. For the latter group, dandruff takes the form of white, scaly flakes shed from the scalp. In newborns and older babies, dandruff is called cradle cap and causes the scalp to appear scaly and crusty. The condition usually clears up on its own by the time a baby is six months to a year old. Applying mineral oil and gently brushing the scalp may speed this process. 

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