Reasons for a Child Having Trouble Taking a Bath

Even though it looks trivial, it turns out that many mothers become stressed and like to get angry when their children find it difficult to shower. In fact, according to my mother, bathing twice a day is very important. Real, taking a bath to maintain body hygiene is indeed essential. However, behind the children's refusals to take a shower, it turns out that there are various reasons behind it.

Mother, try to think for a moment, why do children often find it difficult to bathe? Is it true that he is one of the bad boys who doesn't listen to you and likes to ignore orders?

There are several factors why many children are reluctant to take a bath. The facts summarized from the Anxious Toddler Parenting Survival website are everyday things that you don't realize.

Difficulty Changing Activities Quickly
Usually, children find it challenging to shower if they are busy or focused on doing something else. This refusal can also occur in addition to the invitation to shower. Because the essence of the problem lies in the child having difficulty quickly changing activities from the one that he has been working on since 30 minutes ago, for example, to a new business that he doesn't necessarily like. At that moment, the child feels his concentration is only devoted to his current activities. Even adults must feel disturbed, right, if what they are doing is interrupted, and they are forced to change to other businesses immediately. Therefore, it's no wonder that children find it challenging to shower when they are focused on something.

Fear of Animals in the Bathroom
Small animals such as worms, cockroaches, millipedes, and even frogs can appear in the bathroom. New children know many things in this world. So the little animals that they usually only see in books, now exist in original form. Since this "meeting" is also new to them, the children are still considering how to react. Most children will be frightened when they see small animals surprisingly appear while they are bathing. This is what makes them traumatized and reluctant to take a shower. Maybe for Mother, this is not a big thing. But for children, the encounter can even make them unable to sleep.

Sensory Reaction When Feeling Water
The child's sensory nerves are in the development stage to feel new things. Children need to continue to train their sensors so that their brain development is excellent. But do you know that children like not all sensory stimuli? Splashing water on the child's body stimulates the sensors and causes a reaction. Every child reacts differently. But the majority of children will be surprised and feel panic when coming into contact with large amounts of water, such as when bathing. Adults also have the same stimuli, Mom. You can see that adults who are not used to swimming will panic in the pool or sea. Children can be aroused by fear because of being showered with water. This fear makes children feel lazy to take a bath.

Sensory Reaction At Bath Water Temperature
Sensory stimulation of children can also be triggered by the temperature of the water used for bathing, either by bathing or showering by showering. If the water is too cold or too hot for the child, the child will refuse to bathe because an unsuitable temperature will make them uncomfortable. For example, if the weather is hot and stifling, then Mother washes her with warm water. Then the child will refuse to bathe. Because it is not the freshness that he gets, but even hotter. Vice versa.

Sensory Reaction to the Sound of Tap Water
It turns out that children can also feel a phobia of the sound of water coming out of the taps. Usually, this occurs in tap water with a heavy flow, making sounds scary to children. The trauma of hearing the sound of tap water is one of the possible reasons children have trouble taking a bath.

Fear of sore eyes from shampoo or soap
The face is usually the most sensitive part when exposed to water or soap and shampoo. Because the eyes can immediately feel sore when in contact with shampoo or soap in the face area. Indeed, at this time, many products for children that use unique formulas do not hurt the eyes. But some are not. When children feel shampoo or soap in their eyes, they will be traumatized to repeat the shower because they fear that they will feel the pain again.

Fear When Water Washes Face
Still around the face area, apart from soap and shampoo that touches the eyes, the splash of water running down the face will make the child have a phobia. This is because the child has difficulty breathing and cannot open his eyes. This fear makes the child reluctant to come into contact with the bathwater hitting his face, and for them, refusing to shower means being freed from the splash of water on their faces.

Fear of Slipping
Humidity, always wet, and rinsing with soap or shampoo make the bathroom have a slippery floor. The same condition also occurs in an ordinary bathtub or bathtub for soaking. This tricky situation is what makes children afraid if they have to go back into the bathroom. So the safest thing is that children find it difficult to shower.

Fear of drowning in a tub of water
The bathtub can cause fear in children. The size that is bigger than them and the high puddle in them can cause anxiety in itself. Moreover, children have extraordinary imaginations. They might imagine some creepy monster pulling their feet to fall into the tub and drowning them. This also applies to those who use a bathtub. Because the child will be put in a bathtub filled with lots of water, of course, the child will be more afraid of drowning while sitting in it. That's why it is difficult for children to take a bath for a million reasons.

Fear of Bathroom Space
Fear of the bathroom itself can also lead to reluctance to shower. The bathroom is generally not as big as the room, smaller, humid because there is continuous water, and when the door is closed, it will feel as if you are isolated from the outside world. It is this kind of fear that children also face. They are afraid that when the bathroom door is closed, no one can help them. Imaginations like this make it difficult for children to take a bath.

Unexpectedly, this seemingly trivial reason could be a factor in making it difficult for children to shower. Neither of the factors above labeled a "bad boy" because they refused to shower. There is only a hidden fear that you are often not aware of.
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