Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Your doctor may recommend that you wash your child's hair with a prescription-strength medicated shampoo that contains 2.5 percent selenium sulfide. This may help remove fungus spores and prevent the spread of the infection to other people or to other areas of your child's scalp or body.
For best use:
- Lather your child's hair with the medicated shampoo. Let the shampoo stay on your child's scalp for five minutes before rinsing.
- Use the medicated shampoo two to three times a week for about a month, or as otherwise directed by your doctor. Use a milder, nonmedicated shampoo on the other days.
Have your child wear a hat or scarf if he or she is embarrassed by or self-conscious about bald patches. You don't need to shave the scalp.
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