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Is it necessary for your child to bathe every day?


There are obviously times when washing up makes sense, such as when your child is grimy from a day in the dirt, is covered in sweat, paint, or other apparent dirt, or has had an explosive poop. If your kid has spent the day in a pool (the chlorine may irritate the skin), a body of water (there may be things in the water that are irritating or harmful), or covered in bug spray to fend off ticks and mosquitoes, it's also a good idea to wash off. When a smelly teenager takes a soapy shower, it's best for everyone in the vicinity.

For some skin conditions, a doctor may suggest daily bathing. To avoid illness, we must all wash our hands on a frequent basis. But, simply for the purpose of washing, a full-body wash? Not at all.

Why should a child not be bathed daily?

Bathing often can cause dry, itchy skin. However, the skin contains natural protective oils and germs that assist to keep us healthy and safe, but they are wiped away with regular washing.

Bathing two or three times a week is sufficient. In reality, for many children, once or twice a week is fine. You may always wipe the face, groin area, and any other dirty spots using a wet washcloth.

Depending on their level of activity and deodorant use, stinky teenagers may require more bathing or showering. Even they might be able to get away with cleaning their face and crotch and underarms with a soapy washcloth.

Bathing tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some tips for bathing children in a healthy manner.

Instead of using hot water, use warm water.

Keep it brief 

Antibacterial soaps and bubble baths should be avoided. Shampoo and soap should be odorless and gentle.

Ensure that all infants and young children are bathed under adult supervision.

Rather than rubbing dry, pat it dry. If your child has dry skin, a light, unscented oily moisturizer might be beneficial after the bath.

If your kid has eczema or another skin issue, see your doctor for specific bathing instructions.

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