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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Do any of you know how to prevent scalp itch when wearing a ski helmet. My sons head itches so bad when skiing that he would rather go home than continue skiing, this after only an hour on the slopes. We’ve tried two different helmets (one with the anti-static silver in it), putting a beanie under the helmet, placing hats made from cotton, bamboo, and acrylic between his head and the helmet, removing the liner, and using detangler. We’ve found nothing that works and in searching forums I haven’t been able to find any other suggestions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

post #2 of 17

The obvious question of course is how often does he wash his hair and does he really rinse it well.  If he's good about that he should see a dermatologist.  It could be that just changing to a different kind of shampoo might work but that's just speculation.

post #3 of 17

Is he getting some kind of reaction from the material, or is the irritation from the helmet moving around and chafing?  If the helmet's sliding around, the fit isn't good.  If you can fit a hat underneath, that also suggests to me the helmet is too big, even though that's how I see half the kids in the terrain park wearing them...

post #4 of 17

Would seriously doubt it's a reaction to the liner material - nobody uses natural fibers like wool, etc; it's all polyester or some other synthetic plastic-like  material and if he's allergic to that, an itchy ski helmet would just be the the least of your concerns.

 

Does he sweat a lot inside the helmet? Sometimes one's own sweat can cause skin irritation. If that's the case, it might be worth trying something like one of the Giro helmets with lots of ventilation.

 

In any case, sounds like a visit to the dermatologist might be in order.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

He washes his hair daily and we seldom purchase the same shampoo. He's a swimmer so standing in the shower getting a good rinse is something that comes natural. I will make sure he has an extra long rinse this weekend just to be sure. I don't think a dermatologist would be much help due to the fact that he doesn't itch any other time of the year, even with his rollerblading helmet on in the summer. Thanks for a new suggestion I hadn't thought about!

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Initially we purchased a youth helmet but the padding would just push up to the top. We ended up getting him an adjustable adult helmet which seems to fit him better. I'll take a look at one of the local ski shops and see if they have anything tighter but when we looked at REI the Giro adult small seemed to be the best fit.

post #7 of 17
Investigate the following:
 
  • Scalp dryness
  • Perspiration
  • Allergic reaction
  • Residual hair products
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Matthias99 View Post

Is he getting some kind of reaction from the material, or is the irritation from the helmet moving around and chafing?  If the helmet's sliding around, the fit isn't good.  If you can fit a hat underneath, that also suggests to me the helmet is too big, even though that's how I see half the kids in the terrain park wearing them...


Impossible to say for sure.  The hygene angle seems dumb.  Above is likley your cause, helmet fit.  Getting a helmet to fit your head is key.  Adults spend lots of time getting a helmet that matches their head, kids are no different.  If there is chaff points from poor fit, a child could easily describe that as itching. 

 

If you are getting a helmet for safety, then it must fit right.  Otherwise you are just wasting everyones time.  If a toque fits underneith, it dont fit.  Plus shape is important, not all helmets are shaped the same, find one that works...you might have to try on a few brands...
 

 

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

He is currently wearing a Giro Seam with 12 vents and x-static padding. He did just go a few hours without itching by putting an inch of snow across the entire inside of his helmet. Of course, his head got cold after a couple of hours.

 

He does sweat sometimes but when the vents are open and he takes his helmet off his hair is dry. I haven't noticed any scalp redness.

 

If it was a reaction to the lining I would have thought a cotton cap would have prevented any direct contact with the synthetic material.

 

Not sure if a dermatologist would be able to do anything due to the fact that it only happens when we are skiing, which would be outside of the derms office.

 

Thanks for the suggestions thus far. Any other suggestions?

 

post #10 of 17

Ixchnel, this is a long shot, but is he hypersensitive to anything? When I was a child I would go crazy when forced into a long sleeve shirt. The restraint of them made my skin crawl! (In the end I've learned to not only tolerate but embrace long sleeves. Though I did just realize I'm wearing a t-shirt when we're still practically winter here.)

 

Point is, some kids have tactile hypersensitivities which can be described as an itch or ants crawling, and if it's none of the above, particularly sweating or loose fit, maybe he's very sensitive to the sensation of a helmet. (though I'd revisit the fit again if he can manage to get an inch of ice under the helmet)

post #11 of 17


Good point, there are people who have hypersensitive scalps...even saw a thing about it on TV.   But usually it has to do with pain, how even a hairbrush causes pain.

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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

Ixchnel, this is a long shot, but is he hypersensitive to anything? When I was a child I would go crazy when forced into a long sleeve shirt. The restraint of them made my skin crawl! (In the end I've learned to not only tolerate but embrace long sleeves. Though I did just realize I'm wearing a t-shirt when we're still practically winter here.)

 

Point is, some kids have tactile hypersensitivities which can be described as an itch or ants crawling, and if it's none of the above, particularly sweating or loose fit, maybe he's very sensitive to the sensation of a helmet. (though I'd revisit the fit again if he can manage to get an inch of ice under the helmet)



 

post #12 of 17

He's a swimmer, maybe the chemicals in the pool are making his head dry?  Seam is a great helmet though, how far dialed down do you have the tightener wheel thing?

post #13 of 17

Maybe just ski with the inline helmet if its ok?

post #14 of 17

lxchnel, Did you ever find a solution to your son's itchy head?  Does he have thick, coarse hair?  Our son does, and he has the same problem with itchiness.  He is going absolutely crazy within an hour or so.  I think it has to do with his hair beimg course, and therefore, kind of "sharp" on the ends, and the hairs itch his head when they are all bunched together (under a hat).  We've tried lost of things, too, to no avail.  We are heading out on a ski trip next week, and I am considering oiling his hair with coconut oil to make it softer.  Sounds crazy, but the next best alternative is no helmet/hat.

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OP hasn't been on since 2011.
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OP hasn't been on since 2011.

They're definitely due to show up soon! 😊
post #17 of 17
I hope they come back. The suspense is causing my head to itch.
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