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My daughter is 6 has autism and hates the bath what can I do??

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G00s3 Sat 04-Feb-17 20:45:00

Since being a baby my daughter has hated takin baths, it was ok wen she was little I could handle her but she's now 6 and a big girl, I can hardly lift her in and out wen she's kickin and screamin to get out, it's hellish, I've understood y since she was diagnosed autistic n that it could be sensory, I don't know what do but strip wash her, she loves playin in water but hates goin in, any suggestions??

Ilovecaindingle Sat 04-Feb-17 20:47:11

Shower with no plug in the start with. Even if she wets only a toe to start with. Lots of toys /maybe snacks in a pot on the side of the bath? Maybe you sit on the side and paddle feet too?

user1486124959 Sat 04-Feb-17 20:48:10

Hmm not sure what to suggest my son is
2.5 and used to hate it until I bought bath toys and got him swimming lessons as he liked water but hated baths like your daughter hope this helps

orangepudding Sat 04-Feb-17 20:48:42

Could you wash her as she sits next to the bath playing with the water or put a bucket\bowl of water in the bath as she sits in the bath then wash her. Would she have a shower instead?

RacoonBandit Sat 04-Feb-17 20:50:54

Kitchen sink?

I loved been sat on the draining bored having a kitchen bath when i was little.

Pillowaddict Sat 04-Feb-17 20:52:39

Move to shower if you can and let her take it seriously at her pace - run it and let her put a finger in or toe, and build up to her going under. Trick is to be patient. No pressure and lots of praise if she manages under.

G00s3 Sat 04-Feb-17 21:02:43

I haven't got a shower at the moment, we wer homeless not so long back and stayin with family, she did go in her shower she loves it, so don't understand y a bath distresses her so much? I'm goin to contacting a few people next week see if I can get a shower installed for her but in the mean time it's just strip washes but I hate doin that it's not enough

RacoonBandit Sat 04-Feb-17 21:03:45

You can get those shower adaptions that attach to taps. Would that work?

PhoenixJasmine Sat 04-Feb-17 21:06:50

You could get one of those shower attachments with rubber hose that you can just put over any tap?

SavoyCabbage Sat 04-Feb-17 21:07:48

One of the rubber attachments might work

SavoyCabbage Sat 04-Feb-17 21:12:17

Something I did when mine were little was I had toys that they were only allowed in the bath. They weren't bath toys but plastic stuff like k-nex and Betty Spaghetti dolls.

G00s3 Sat 04-Feb-17 21:13:31

I have one of those but she won't use it, it's too fast flowing for her, hopefully al be allowed to have a shower installed hate seein her so distressed every time

RacoonBandit Sat 04-Feb-17 21:31:44

A strip wash is perfectly fine by the way.
Try not to stress about the bath she is at least getting clean 14 DS refuses to be in the same room as water i have given up

mainlywingingit Sun 05-Feb-17 00:03:40

Can she wAtch a video of herself enjoying the toys in the bath before she gets in?

Wash a dolly together in the bath before hand ?

G00s3 Sun 05-Feb-17 15:41:16

I'm absolutely chuffed, I finally after an hour of tryin to get her in got her to stand in the bath and use the shower head that are attached to my taps, water all over the bathroom floor mind but hell I don't care she was all giggles at the fact me and the bathroom are soaked thru one properly scrubbed child finally smile so happy xx

Bubblysqueak Sun 05-Feb-17 15:47:20

A great tip of OT suggested was to use a piece of music or favourite TV show. Explain that the event (bath, tooth brushing or hair brushing) will start when the music starts and finish when the music ends. Because there is a definite start and end, it gives the child some control and comfort that it's only short. Even with a 4min song it will be enough for a quick wash.

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