Shower - time

Cheryl - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter is terrified of the shower,i dont have a bath tub unfortunately only a shower stall, we have lived in my house since she was 5 month, to begin with i bathed her in the sink, of course she got too big for it, so since she could stand without falling she has been in the shower, i would have thought after almost 3 yrs she would have got used to the shower by now, but she is still screaming and fighting me its getting to the stage where i just dont want to shower her anymore, could anyone give me any advice as to what to do please ???

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Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2009

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I'm sure you've done this, but ask her why. Some kids, as in my own children's words, the shower physically hurts them (both have sensory processing disorder), so the actual stream of the shower physically hurts. I purchased a rainfall showerhead and both have become accustomed to that just fine.

Sandra - posted on 02/11/2009

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My daughter was the same with the shower for the longest time.. majority of the time she would just take a bath but sometimes what I would do is just put the pressure of the water on really low so that it's just drizzling/pouring out gently from the spout and then she would play under the water and I would wash her.  Taking showers with me helped too. 

Gwyn - posted on 02/11/2009

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My 8 year old is still like that. We recently got him believe it or not Goggles. He puts them over his eyes and then we can wash him without him worrying about getting soap in his eyes.



You might also consider getting one of those detachable shower heads. The ones that are like kitchen sprayers. My kids love that. They make them in little critter shapes that are fun for them. Do you take her in the shower with you? Or did you before? You might try that for a little while until she feels safe.



"when i come to rinse her off that is the worst its like she is terrified of the water " water temperature maybe? My daughter is sensative to that.

Laurie - posted on 02/11/2009

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Try filling a five gallon bucket with warm water. She can stand in the shower stall and you can give her a shower/ bath by dumping water on her from the bucket with a cup. I did this with my own kids until they were at least 4 cause they said the pressure from the shower hurt their skin.

Hope this helps.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2009

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hello, try having her pick out a few shower toys it may lead her 2 be excited 2 play with them knowing she picked them out and they can only be used while shes in the shower...or try taking a shower with her...if thats something ur comfortable with. get books on taking showers something that would intrest her! and praise her tell her she awesome 2 be a big girl.....hope this helps GOOD LUCK!!

Cheryl - posted on 02/11/2009

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i had thought of doing that before but unfotunately it is only a small shower, with not enough room for the baby bath, but as it is now she wouldnt fit in the baby bath she is quite a big girl for her age, i can move the shower head so it is not exactly directing at her whilst washing, it when i come to rinse her off that is the worst its like she is terrified of the water 

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Hi Cheryl,

I too only have a shower stall, and one of my boys hated showers (he has out-grown that finally) but, if she's a tiny myte, I used a baby bath tub that fit into the shower stall and filled it until they took up all the room. And yes, they were probably at least 4 and still using in. Also, maybe try a removable hosed shower head (water pik kind of thing,) so you can direct the water over her. And keep a towel handy. My 9 year old still hates getting water in his eyes, (but opens them in teh water while swimming - go figure.

Good luck.

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