Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Toni | 2008/09/02

Q.

2.5wks hates taking a bath

Hi Doc,my son screams like he' s been tortured everytime i bath him.He has been like this from the day they showed me how to bath him at the hospital.The minute i take off his clothes,he starts crying..it gets worse when i put liquid soap on,he settles when in water but screams when i take him out,am i doing something wrong?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is exteremely common. You need to make bath time as much fun for your son as possible. It often helps to get into the bath with him. Let him take all his favourite toys into the bath with him especially toys that can float. Never get cross with him if he won't get into the bath. Eventually he will learn to be less afraid of bathing.

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Posted by: Tasja | 2008/09/02

Jip,its normal,both my kids screamed their heads off while i was busy with them,just try to do it as quickly as possible.

Reply to Tasja
Posted by: BMJ | 2008/09/02

Hi Toni

They all hate bathing and being naked for the first few weeks. Cannot remember until when - you will find one day he just loves it. I can suggest that you take a cloth nappy and soak it in his warm bath water and put it over his chest while you bath him. They feel a bit more secure like that. It really is completely normal and soon bathing will be his favourite thing in the world.

I have a dvd of my son screaming blue murder as I bath him as a new baby - and me feeling terrible asking what am I doing wrong ? Now after the 3rd - I know it is common in all new borns.

BMJ

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