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ANY parent will know bathtime can be a battle, with little ones doing anything to avoid a dunk in the tub.
But just how often should you be washing your rugrats?
Dr Sam Hay has revealed exactly how often you should be washing your babyCredit: Getty
Well Dr Sam Hay told Kidspot everything you need to know about babies, kids, and teens bathtimes – and you may be bathing them too often!
How often do babies and children need to wash?
Washing too frequently may damage the skin, but if you don’t wash enough – your kids will stink!
But exactly how often that is, depends largely on their age: because how often we need to bathe varies with different stages of our life.
Kids can get away with bathing every three daysCredit: Getty
The other major factors at play are how active your kids are, the climate, and the presence of any skin conditions.
How often do babies need a bath?
Whilst the norm seems to dictate a ‘daily bath’, there’s no medical need for it.
Every 2-3 days is more than often enough.
Dr Sam’s top 5 tips for baby bath time
Bath Oil. Avoid soaps at all times! Your baby’s skin is super fragile and super sensitive to the drying qualities of soap. Use bath oil: half a cap in the water, half a cap on their head – washing the scalp gently, then spreading the oil over the whole body. Bath oil will gently cleanse, provide some moisturising , and is brilliant for softening cradle cap.
Don’t over scrub. Use gently strokes with a wash cloth to remove any stubborn spots of poo. To a baby’s bum that wash cloth feels like sandpaper!
Enjoy the shower. Babies love the sensation of water rushing over them. Don’t be scared to take bub in the shower with you.
Gently dry them. Once again, towels can be like sandpaper. Gently pad babies dry.
Moisturise. Keep bub’s skin soft and moist with a fragrance free gentle moisturiser. Apply it soon after the bath to lock all the moisture into the skin.
How often do pre-schoolers and primary schoolers need a bath?
Parents, let us reassure you that daily bathing is (generally) very safe for your kids, and the stinky ones will most definitely require it!
But once again, from a medical perspective, every 2-3 days is fine.
How often do teenagers need to shower?
Here’s when the hormones kick in, sweat and pong sticks to clothes and their skin is constantly dirty, plus challenges such as acne kick in.
In general, kids at this stage will need daily bathing, with access to gentle non-soap washes to assist with managing fragile acne-covered skin.
This story was originally published on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.