My son HATES washing his hair!

Gena - posted on 09/23/2013 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Does anybody have advice or a tip for me?My son runs out of the shower if i wet his hair.Also in the bath he will try to get out.Once shampoo is on if i get the chance to he cries and screams and wont let me rinse without holding him and i hate doing that. I use a baby shampoo and i show him how i wash my hair.Please any tips would be appreciated.

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Gena - posted on 09/28/2013

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good idea and no i dont have a problem with the sugar,he doesnt always eat sweet stuff but i am not against giving him biscuits every now and then. Thanks alot for the idea it has really helped!he has 2 stars for washing his hair:-)

Jeanette - posted on 09/27/2013

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First you want him to see the reward so He gets the idea of this fun "game". So I wouldn't "penalize" him yet by waiting until the following week before he gets rewarded. Perhaps you can give him a cookie instead of a hot rod if he misses one star. Just an idea ( if u don't like the sugar idea, Just a little something ). Good luck. ;)

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I give my kids a dry wash towel and ask them to cover their eyes and keep it as long as I am washing their hair. My 2 1/2 still does not undertand that he has to keep it though :)

Raminder - posted on 09/25/2013

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Well, he got his first star today, encouraging! Let him know that he is not the first one who hates washing his hair, there are other kids also and then may be try to dig deeper what he thinks can happen, make sure he opens up and take it from there. Sometimes shampoo can hurt and then take him for shampoo shopping or have him check out with his friends, once he opens up half the problems are solved.

Best wishes,

Gena - posted on 09/25/2013

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He got his first star today :-) I thought i will give him a star when he brushes his teeth so i gave him the sticker and he found it so fun to stick the star on that he wanted another so i told him if we go wash his hair he will get another one... I was able to wet his hair and realy rub the shampoo in,he then got out of the shower and i reminded him about the star and rinsed it off as quick as i could.he didnt enjoy that but atleast he didnt run when he saw the shampoo bottle or when i put it on his hair :-) thx alot for the idea!Btw i didnt even tell him yet that he will get a treat,i think he just loves to put the sticker on.

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Jeanette - posted on 09/28/2013

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Great! I can't wait for him to see his special treat. He'll probably be very excited:)

Cheers

Gena - posted on 09/27/2013

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Can i ask you how you did it with chart board like for example if he wont let me wash his hair... Do i just not give him a star and he must wait another week to be able to get enough stars for a treat? a

Jeanette - posted on 09/26/2013

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Oh wauw, that's great to hear! I'm excited for you:)
If or when it gets a little challenging with the washing of his hair, then don't forget to tell him about his special treat:)

Best wishes :)

Gena - posted on 09/25/2013

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Little update: i made a cute starchart board...he has no stars on them for washing his hair.

Raminder - posted on 09/24/2013

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Is this fear of water or fear of being washed? Wonder if Homeopathy can help. Feel free to check out my website : homeopathysandiego.org. Thanks

I can be reached at ramimakkar@gmail.com

Jeanette - posted on 09/23/2013

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Great! I'm glad that you'll be giving it a try. It had helped me in the past with my daughter when I experienced some challenges with her. Hope it works out for you:)

Gena - posted on 09/23/2013

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He is turning 3 next january.We dont have 1$ stores here unfortunatly but i will try making a starboard and if he gets all of them i will give him a little hotwheel car. I will start tomorow,so i can update if he got a star :-) thx for the idea

Jeanette - posted on 09/23/2013

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How old is he? Perhaps come up with a reward game. He'll get a sticker or star each time he washes his hair and by the end of the week, he'll get a special treat or take him to the $1 store to shop? Just a thought ;)

Gena - posted on 09/23/2013

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I have tried that,i even bought a bottle of kids shampoo that smells like apple and a shampoo that is blue foam,toys in the bath,brush in the bath even tried with giving him a buscuit..nothing seems to help,the moment his head is wet he freaks out and wants to run away.Funny thing is he looooves swimming and when we go swimming he doesnt mind his hair to get wet...

Jeanette - posted on 09/23/2013

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How about if you get some cool toys for the bathtub and make it a game with him?

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