Does anyone have any tips on dealing with bath time tantrum's, my 5 year old daughter hates having her hair washed

Samantha - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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i have tried the cap, she wouldn't wear it tried using the shower head starts of ok then she refuses to let me finish. i try and stay calm but it's driving me mad. any ideas what else i can try?

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Amy - posted on 09/10/2011

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What I do with my young ones is the ABC song. I wet thier hair and take a rag n cover thier eyes. I put the shampoo in and lather. When rinsing sing the ABC song with a silly ending when all the soap is completely out of the hair. If not, mention in the end of the song the hair isn't clean yet and repeat. When the song is complete, then the rag is removed from the face and praise them. (That's to keep soap from the eyes) I had the same problem and tried this and it has helped. Best of luck..

Erica - posted on 09/05/2010

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Try to let her to it herself. water down a tear free pump shampoo then pretend like your not paring any attention for a while. A little leave in conditioner is a life saver. I also used to rinse despite protests, she won't get hurt and can't throw a fit with a bucket of water splashing over her head. My kids didn't mind toooooo much so obviously don't traumatize her :)

Tasha - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son was the same way. I gradually got him to take showers instead of baths. He's able to slide his way back on his own underneath the water to where he is comfortable. It has helped out alot for him.

Janet - posted on 02/05/2010

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Both my kids bathe themselves with my supervision and that has helped a lot...They really dont like mommy washing their hair so they do it themselves and they actually do a good job (my son is Jan 04 and my daughter is June 05)

Jessica - posted on 09/21/2009

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I let my daughter take a shower with help, then I just check to make sure shampoos out. She feels like a big girl now that she doesn't get help and doesn't wine as much about it. There are still a few fights but not near as many.

Jill - posted on 05/20/2009

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My son used to hate the water in his face, and he didn't like to tilt his head back, so I started putting a washcloth on his forehead and covering his eyes so the water wouldn't get all over his face, it worked pretty well for us. Now we can dump the water right over his head and he doesn't care.

Jessi - posted on 03/01/2009

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Both my 3 year old and 5 year old struggled with the same issue, until they started swimming lessons. After 2-3 classes, it wasn't an issue anymore. 

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My daughter hates to lay down under the water so I have her stand up and put her head back and use the shower nozzel to rinse she seems to like that!

Larissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughter hates it also. Its all about the water over the face. I have had some luck with getting her to tip her head back and then pour a cup of water at the top so it only runs back and I use my hand to prevent it from going down her face. If she is willing to lay down in the tub put a little less water in and then run your fingers through it to get the shapoo out (my daughter started laying down on her own in the tub) otherwise one thing I was surprised that worked really well for my daughter was putting her in the shower with me and controling how much of the shower hit her (she has Down Sydrome so she is behind development wise). I can get her to get most of her head under the shower head and then I have some control to tip her head back (and she has actually started to let it run down her face standing in the shower with me).

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