At what age should my daughter start bathing herself?

Tisha - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 years old. I recently taught her how to wash her own hair so that she could start bathing herself. The other day I noticed that she keeps having female odor. I took her to the doctor to check her. Seh doesn't have a yeast infection or a UTI. The doctor says to make sure she is washing her area good. Should I go back to bathing her since she obviously isn't doing a good enough job? She is getting to the age where she doesn't want any of us to see her naked. I'm trying to give her privacy but i don't want her to have feminine issues!

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My girls have been washing themselves (other than the occasional hair help) since they were 4... If they still smell, send them back in til they get it right. Taking 2 or more showers a night/day will get old REAL fast and she'll start getting cleaner. ;)

Jodi - posted on 05/31/2010

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Thanks Tisha. Chances are she is not quite cleaning herself properly. I have found that with my kids when they are at that "in-between" age they really don't quite clean themselves properly in a shower. But they have difficulty washing and rinsing their hiar properly in a bath!! It's a tough age :)



But if she is showering, she may not be washing properly. Make sure you give her a fresh washer each shower, and then explain to her the importance of washing properly and explain to her how to do it properly.



If she is still having issues, it is possible she is beginning puberty. I know it is young, but is that possible? The signs usually show well before a girl gets her period, and I know with my son he got a little stenchy before he was 10 and I had to deal with that, so just a thought.

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Tparring - posted on 01/30/2014

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My daughter just turned 5. she has been showering since she was months old because we didn't have a bathtub. we didn't put her head under the shower because her soft spots at first. but she has been used to the shower and now takes more showers than baths. when she does take a bath she plays in it then we put the shower on so she can get washed up. she likes to wash her self. she doesn't wash her private parts well so I wash her afterwards. at this age it is fun to play with a soap and wash clothes. something that helps her scrub herself adequately is that was sing a song. "this is the way we scrub my hair scrub my hair scrub my hair. this is the way we scrub my hair so early in the evening" we sing that twice then sing this is the way I rinse my hair, rinse my hair, rinse my hair so early in the evening." then we repeat for the different body parts.

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Oh, my girls are 8.5 now. ;) I bought them some deodorant (for sensitive skin) a few months ago. They don't use it very often, but there are times they NEED it.

Tisha - posted on 05/31/2010

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Didn't even think about puberty. She seems to be having some mood swings lately and I did notice when I was applying some anti-itch cream on her that she is getting a little "peach fuzz" down there. She is also starting to crush on boys a little. She's been asking to wear deodorant also. Thanks so much for all of your advice!

Anna - posted on 05/31/2010

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Thanks to improved health care and nutrition, 8 isn't usually too young for a girl to begin puberty. You might try empowering her by taking her to the store and letting her pick out her own wash cloth/soap/etc, so the decision to take better care of her personal hygiene is as much hers as it is yours.

Jodi - posted on 05/30/2010

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Tisha, 8 is old enough for her to be doing it herself, so I agree with Katherine, show her how to do it properly, and perhaps let her do it with you there. Make sure you explain the importance of cleaning herself properly to her.



Just out of interest, is she taking a bath or a shower?

Katherine - posted on 05/30/2010

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I would just show her how to do it well. If she continues to have odor then obviously you will have to do it.

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