hair washing equals drowning?

Melody - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son loves his bath, but it's always a HUGE fight to wash his hair. HE can't stand water on his face (he acts like he's drowning), and I am not sure what to do. Have you had any problems with your toddler not wanting to get his or hair washed? If so, what did you do? How'd you get them over it, or do you just have to do this fight all the time?

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Tiffany - posted on 03/16/2010

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mine hates it when I lay her back to rinse her hair

so we just pour a bucket of water over her head. I dont even bother sheilding her eyes anymore. She just closes her eyes, waits, cawls away to the other end of the tub and stands up and blinks the water away. No fuss.
Try having him pour the bucket of water over the BACK of his head, Thats how we started like 6 months ago. She never had an issue.

Mary Beth - posted on 03/16/2010

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i have a cup with soft rubber in the front that you put against their forehead and pour the water

Rebekka - posted on 03/16/2010

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oh yes my daughter says no to the bath totally. she starts screaming when you run the water because she is scared of the water touching her face.

Meghan - posted on 03/16/2010

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My 3-yr-old is weird. She loves showers, but hates it when anyone tries to wash her hair. I think she's afraid of getting the shampoo in her eyes. I've tried having her shut her eyes and cover them and tilt her head back, but she just doesn't cooperate and we end up fighting it every time.

Jan - posted on 03/13/2010

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my son is like that still and he will be 7 in 2 weeks. My daughter on the other hand is fine, but she dunks herself under the water at the pool too. Some people just really don't like water on their faces, I very rarely take showers and opt for a bath instead because still to this day I can't stand water running down my face. Try to teach him to look up at the ceiling or to lay back in the tub so it doesn't run over his face, or hold a dry folded wash cloth over his eyes when you pour the water.
HTH Good luck.

Kim - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son loves his bath! - doesnt have an issue with washing his hair - we make it fun - count him in so he knows its coming and he gets ready for it - 1, 2, 3 - pour!
we use a container with a picture of Elmo on it - we let him play with it in the bath - fill it up and empty.. Goodluck!

Kelly - posted on 03/13/2010

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I use one of those cups with the oft side that molds to her head. she hated it at first, but i held her head up and poured the water back. Once she realized it didn't get in her face, she actually started laughing! Sometimes i purposely let a little bit of water get on her face, so she will get used to it and not be afraid of the water.

Mariah - posted on 03/12/2010

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OMG! my 5 yr old is still like that. We just give him a cup and let him dum it on his own head. we just make it fun. we had to do that and now its just like an every time thing

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We taught our kids to look up at the ceiling when it's time to rinse their hair. We use an empty container to pour the water and put our hand at the front of their hairline so the water doesn't drip into their eyes. Both of our kids have gone through stages of fighting having their hair washed, their teeth brushed, etc. but we just do our best to encourage them to cooperate and when it comes down to it they still have to get clean!

Lisa - posted on 03/12/2010

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I am not sure if this is just in Canadian stores but at toysrus they have little hats that look like sunvisors that cover the face so the water goes backwards, or they have cups that can take the shape of the childs head one one said so when you pour it will pour back if the head is tilted slightly

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