Even a drop of water on his scalp is a huge problem. Now he has developed some kind of cradle cap and our doctor gave us a cream for it. I just have to do it. I have to wash his head to make it better and maintain the hygiene. He was screaming like I was tourturing him . Crying so hard even when it's just a water. He is ok with bath, lots of fun there. But when it's coming to washing his head...no words to describe his tears..
There's a lovely book called murgatroyd's garden I think which he might at least relate to....
I always went with its non negotiable. Every other day so we got used to it. Hair wash as soon as in bath then play. Nitty gritty combs very gently can remove some of the cradle cap. Brush his hair in the day so he gets used to the feel of it. Cut his hair short?
Mayhemmumma the book sounds interesting, thank you. Need to order it. Yes, he won't negotiate, we tried sweets, chocolate, cars, surprises. Nothing works. I think now that maybe I just have to continue anyway. But we ended up crying together. I have found towel-off shampoo, but it just helps to keep hair clean, it doesn't help the skin.
OP my DD is now 5 & will begrudgingly let me wash hers every other day. Until she was about 4 it was a battle of the wills, literally. No advice as I ended up just dumping a cup of water on her head whilst telling her to close her eyes (and sobbing mine out) every time...but ime it did get better
Aw you're poor boy! my husband has sensitive skin and his doctor said he shouldn't be showing everyday because it's not giving his skin a chance to settle and he was literally washing away good bacteria. He now showers every other day and his skin is much better.
We just use a flannel to wet the hair and then wet it, wring it out and take the soap off that way. Works with my son who is 33 months. No water goes onto his face and although it takes a bit longer- it saves a lot of stress!
Thank you so much for the replies. We've tried everything mentioned - shower together, bath together. Toys like watermills, cups, shallow water (he is very scared to lie down). Sweets, surprises, cars..
He is usually happy to play in the bath with lots of toys (if I'm not trying to wash his head).
I have a foaming towel-off shampoo that can be used anywhere, but even this way it is problematic. He literally starts crying if there are just a few drops of water on his head. Not to mention full head of foam.
He observes us washing our heads regularly.
I just don't want his cradle cap to spread.
I guess I will try the prescribed cream overnight to soften it, then will try to comb it out and wash his hair. Don't know if that's a good plan though.