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    Default Freak outs at bath time

    I have two boys on the spectrum and bath time has always been a horrible horrible time. They are terrified and the sensory side of it... Screaming blue bloody murder etc

    So now dd who is 13 weeks is acting the same way for the last few weeks...

    The scream is the same scream or terror...

    So i would like to know if anyone elses baby has acted that way and been fine?

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    We found that it was something as simple as the water being too cold, took us ages to realise, bath time was awful until then


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    Thanks bun, i have tried diff temperatures it doesnt seem to make a difference, she is ok with water on her legs and belly but anything higher and she goes beserk. Not once have i allowed water to go on her face or eyes so its not a bad experience or anything

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    Another thing that worked for us was actually bathing with our little one. Are you using a baby bath up high either on a bench or a portable change table type one? It may be a height thing....
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    Bun- Yes i am using a baby bath on the bench. You could be on to something there.
    thank you

    Ive had some suggestions of showering with her which im going to try. She is my little clip on koala bear anyways so being close to me might be the key.

    Thank you mama for sharing your experience

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    My youngest is 20 months now, but what did with both my bubs is have 2 face washers. I would wet one and lay it over bubs tummy & chest & use the other to wash.. Seem to make bub feel more Secure.

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    It was suggested to me to wrap bub in an old fashioned cloth nappy (you know the terry flat white ones) and then put them in the bath and take the nappy off once they are fully immersed.

    Might be worth a try. Good luck, its horrible when bath time is a screaming fest.

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    My dd screamed a lot when she was tiny & being bathed. We tried the face washer on her tummy and stuff, but she still wasn't a fan. She did however love showers with Mummy as she got to cuddle in close. I wouldn't put water on her face, just more sort of let it fall onto her off me, or lightly spray on her back, otherwise I'd wash her with a facewasher (slightly challenging when they don't have much stability - be careful!).

    Tonight (she's 17 months) I showered her on her own. I've done it before, but kept the door open and I haven't done it for a while (mostly just briefly if she got super dirty). She was nuts in a good way. Walking in & out of the shower ******, putting her hands behind her back to get them wet & wriggling them around in the water. Giggling. Just basically having a great old time.

    My ds who is 6 has an undiagnosed but I think mild sensory processing disorder. Water on his face = meltdown. Still. It's SO tiring. Washing his hair is a serious challenge. He's getting better slowly and this week he put his head under at swimming, getting his hair wet, which is a major achievement & I'm so proud of him. But when I think of the contrast between the two, it's massive!

    I would wait. I can see your reason for stress, but I think it's still too soon to worry about potential sensory issues.


 

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