Need Advice!!

Kasey - posted on 01/01/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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The week before Christmas we were going on vacation, the night before we left my oldest daughter (7) tried helping out by running bath water for my youngest (3 in March) who had gone upstairs stripped and gotten into the tub. My oldest didn't know which was hot and cold on our bathtub because we've always ran the water in the tub if they wanted to take a bath in the "big tub", so she had it on hot full blast. And my youngest was screaming her head off because it was so hot. I was downstairs washing dishing when I heard the commotion and ran upstairs and immediately got her out and checked her feet. Luckily nothing was wrong with them, they weren't even red, we educated our oldest on how to properly run bath water and which one was cold and hot. After that we ran our youngest some warm bath water and bathed her like normal and she was fine and was fine the entire time we were gone from vacation. However since we've gotten back it's been a battle to get her in the tub, she screams it's too hot when it's clearly not, we ran the water a bit cooler than normal to make sure of it. We've tried showering her instead, we've switched which bathroom she gets bathed in, got her new bath toys, the water color changing tablets to make it more fun but nothing is working. She freaks out and cries that it's too hot when it's not and she wants out and she hides or clings onto to things when we try to get her into the tub. We just don't know what else we can do to help her get over this fear. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciative.

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Kasey - posted on 01/01/2012

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We have also tried letting her check the water while were running the water before putting in the plug. And she does put her hand into the water before getting in and it's fine and she'll play around with toys that she can reach from the outside of the tub. But once we put her in she freaks out screaming how hot it is.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2012

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I've always gotten my daughter to check the water when it is running to make sure it isnt too hot and if she says it is I change it a little and get her to check again. Maybe if you explain to her that it was a accident that it was hot that time but mommy made extra sure it isnt hot this time and get her to check it before getting in. Using a doll is a good idea too as she can tell dolly to make sure to check the water first. Still comfort her cause she is scared but also encourage her to still have a bath.

Jenine - posted on 01/01/2012

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Let her stick her finger in the tub each time. Clearly this was a traumatic incident for her. If she has plastic dollies, pretend the dolly is her and step the Dolly's foot in and say something positive like "just right, I can't wait to play in the bath!" I would stick to the same tub you always used so she can "confront her fear", if you change the routine too much because she's scared she isn't going to try to not be afraid because she knows that mom and dad will think of something else to do- or award her with gifts- big no no- in my opinion.
Or, let her catch you having a bath with big bubbles and explain to her how relaxing and fun baths are...(this is kind of funny- I'm writing this while in the bath , lol).
Hope this was helpful :)

Jodie - posted on 01/01/2012

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Perhaps ask her to turn the taps on so she has the feeling of being in control of how hot the water is? I hope you get it resolved, good luck!!

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