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How should I take care of my child's hair?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Children's hair doesn't get greasy like adults' hair does, because their sebaceous glands do not produce significant amounts of oil until puberty. So you only need to wash it every few days. We recommend a gentle, tear-free shampoo. If your child has long hair, conditioner or spray-on detangler can help you avoid knots. Use a soft brush for fine hair. African American babies definitely don't need a hair wash more than once a week, since their skin and scalp are quite dry, and washing it can make it even drier.
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