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I remember taking a bath about once per week when I was around 5-7 years old. My wife insists on giving our 5 year old a bath every other day including washing his hair.<br><br><br><br>
In your opinion is that too much? Not enough? How often did you take a bath at that age?<br><br><br><br>
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It doesn't really matter that much. I think I only bathed about once a week as well, but a friend of mine just adopted some children from Brazil who would bathe twice a day or more if he let them (actually, I think he set the limit at twice). Apparently cleanliness is culturally important there. It won't hurt the kid to be bathed that often, even if it's not necessary.
 

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We bathe our kids (ages 3 and 1) about every 3 days or so. We used to do it every night as part of the bedtime routine, but we noticed that our 3-year-old's hair was feeling dry. Plus it really ate into our evenings. Now we usually do it in the daytime every few days. As long as you wash their hands and face after dinner, they should be just fine. We've been on this schedule for about a year now and my eldest's hair is soft and beautiful again!<br><br><br><br>
Every other day seems reasonable. If your child has dry skin or hair you could consider doing some baths without soap or shampoo. We do that sometimes, especially in the summer when they get dirty from playing outside or when they want a cold bath to cool off. We'll put them in the tub with their toys but we won't actually wash them with soap.
 

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Once a week? Wouldn't the kid really stink by then? I was always given a daily bath, always. Though the hair was not washed every day. I'm really quite shocked that people would only wash their children once a week or once every three days. I'm mean, you all bathe at least once a day, right? At least! I'm not sure why it's ok to only wash a child every second day when on there's no way on God's green Earth you'd let an adult you lived with get away with that.
 

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I wash my boy every day after dinner (when he's at his messiest) we only wash his hair every other day though. he loves his baths and it helps calm him down for the evening
 

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Not to get too technical, Kiz, but people don't really smell before puberty, so kids can get away with not washing longer than adults. Their hair won't really get oily either.
 

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I bathe my 3-year-olds about every other day. But sometimes I'll go 3 days without washing their hair.<br><br><br><br>
I think it's absolutely fine to wash your kid more or less than that, as long as they're not filthy or stinky.
 

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It doesn't really matter that much. I think I only bathed about once a week as well, but a friend of mine just adopted some children from Brazil who would bathe twice a day or more if he let them (actually, I think he set the limit at twice). Apparently cleanliness is culturally important there. It won't hurt the kid to be bathed that often, even if it's not necessary.</div>
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I'm a Brazilian and I also bathe twice a day. I'm shocked that you guys only bathe your kids once a week!!! How many times a week do *you* take a shower??? My goodness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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<a href="http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/expert/bigkid/ghealth/ghygiene/70649.html" target="_blank">HERE.</a><br><br><br><br>
and <a href="http://health.yahoo.com/ate/drgreene/allqa/parenting/childdevelopment/childhygiene/00009914" target="_blank">HERE.</a><br><br><br><br>
Kiz - I think that you need to relax on the cleaning a bit. Little babies really only need washed once or twice a week, moving to once every 2 or 3 days. If your kid is dirty, wash them. If not, once every other day or so would be fine, I think. Once a day <span style="text-decoration:underline;">at least</span>? Do you take 4 showers a day?<br><br><br><br>
And, yeah, washing them too much can be bad, because it can dry them up into little tumbleweeds.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA: Remember, their face, hands and bum get cleaned many times a day already.
 

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My boy stinks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I don't know if it's his sweat or his dad's but they both smell pretty bad in the morning.
 

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For those of you appalled at the idea of not bathing children every day, in what ways to you think the child is worse off for not being bathed so often? Do you think they feel worse? Are less healthy? No. We're not talking about parents who let their kids suffer here, we're talking about arbitrary cultural differences at most.
 

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My mom washed us everyday, but I also had dry skin so bad that I would sometimes have to stay home from school and rub lotion on myself all day, and a few times the skin on my lower legs started to crack. Now that I'm an adult I bathe 3 or so times a week depending on how dirty/smelly I am and my skin is MUCH better. My mom still showers 2+ times a day and she still has problems with her skin.<br><br><br><br>
As long as your kids aren't smelly or dirty I'd just get into a system that works for your family.
 

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I'm a Brazilian and I also bathe twice a day. I'm shocked that you guys only bathe your kids once a week!!! How many times a week do *you* take a shower??? My goodness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"></div>
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Cultural differences or not I find the idea of only bathing your kids once or twice a week rather shocking. That's dirty, it's like not washing your hands after you go to the toilet. You need to get the kids into a good routine of hygiene, surely?<br><br><br><br>
To Glycine yes I do think you kids would feel a whole lot worse if they only bathed once a week. Yes, I feel horrible if I don't shower every day. I shower every single morning, I don't feel quite human if I don't, and sometimes a nice hot bath at night if I've had a stressful or dirty day. If I don't feel right if I don't shower I can't see why a child would feel any different. It just strikes me as odd that an adult would never go even a day without a shower but they'd let their child go a week.
 

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I think it's personal choice, but I'd say every other day is fine for a young child.<br><br>
Kids aren't like adults...they don't get greasy or have b.o.
 

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When I was little my sister and I would bathe everyday but we only used baby shampoo up until maybe first grade. We also used lotion before we went to bed so our skin was healthy. Now a days I use an olive oil based soap for my skin and hair and I use it everyday. It keeps my skin really smooth.
 

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A little helping of OCD, anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Cultural differences or not I find the idea of only bathing your kids once or twice a week rather shocking. That's dirty, it's like not washing your hands after you go to the toilet. You need to get the kids into a good routine of hygiene, surely?<br><br><br><br>
To Glycine yes I do think you kids would feel a whole lot worse if they only bathed once a week. Yes, I feel horrible if I don't shower every day. I shower every single morning, I don't feel quite human if I don't, and sometimes a nice hot bath at night if I've had a stressful or dirty day. If I don't feel right if I don't shower I can't see why a child would feel any different. It just strikes me as odd that an adult would never go even a day without a shower but they'd let their child go a week.</div>
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Wow...where do I start?<br><br><br><br>
For one thing, not bathing daily is not the same as not washing your hands after using the toilet. My kids wash their hands after using the potty, before meals, after meals, and even after we've been out in a public place. I wash the food off their faces, hands, arms, and wherever else it might have gotten after every meal.<br><br><br><br>
For another, not all adults shower every day - I don't! I shower every other day and I know lots of people who are in this type of schedule. In some cultures people bathe a lot less frequently than that.<br><br><br><br>
And lastly, young children's bodies are not like adults. They don't sweat and get B.O. like adults do. Even after 3 days my kids don't smell - if they did I would have bathed them earlier! The only exception to this is the summertime, when I have put sunscreen all over them and they've run around in the hot sun and gotten dirt and grime all over them. Of course I'll bathe them if they're dirty. But in the colder months, it just isn't necessary, and honestly I think over-bathing wouldn't be good for their skin.
 

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I bath my boys every other night. Their skin gets very dry, especially in the winter, if I bath them every day. In the summer it's everyday because they are outside getting dirty. They always wash their hands and face before and after dinner and always wash hands when the get home from school or if we go into a store or public place. I wouldn't wait a week, but that's just me.
 

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Wow...where do I start?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
For another, not all adults shower every day - I don't! I shower every other day and I know lots of people who are in this type of schedule.<br><br><br></div>
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Yeah.. that's kind of dirty right there. I'm sorry, I know there are cultural differences and all but that's just dirty. Maybe if you don't go to work and live alone you could get away with it but, yeah, that's just unhygienic.
 
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