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My DD has SID and washing her hair has become almost traumatising. I wait to do it until it HAS to be done. Anyway....she has very long hair....with baby curls still at the ends. I think I have to let go of her baby curls and long hair and cut it shorter to washing/brushing is less tramatic. I don't know what else to do.<br><br>
How do you wash your SID child's hair w/out him/her screaming and feeling betrayed? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Well, honestly it's taken a long time for ds to be able to deal with it. He's got incredibly thick, coarse hair (like his mama), so it has to be washed. We used to wash every day when he was littler, but stopped that because he was scratching his scalp a lot b/c I assume it was getting too dry. Anyway, we have dh use his hands to cup over ds's eyes and ears to keep water from getting in them, then I dump 3 cupfuls of water on his head (always 3, we always count). Dh holds ds's hands and comforts him while I (quickly) scrub. Then he covers his eyes and ears again and we rinse with 5 cupfuls (again, counting), then I immediately grab a dry washcloth and dry his eyes and bangs and face so he has no water on his face.<br><br>
We only wash his hair twice a week. Here are some gadgets you could try that may help:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBasic-Comfort-Shampoo-Goggles%2Fdp%2FB000I5M7DU" target="_blank">shampoo goggles</a> (we use these when one of us has to wash hair solo)<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FS-C-Products-Shampoo-Rinse-Cup%2Fdp%2FB000JOR0NM" target="_blank">shampoo rinse cup</a> (lots of moms here vouch for this product, I've never tried it myself)
 

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It helps DS if he gets to make choices. So, should I pour warm water on your back first? What should I count to before pouring the water over your head? Pour fast or slow? He also gets to choose his bath color (those colored tablets).
 

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DS likes to wear goggles and I've taught him to look up at the ceiling when I rinse. I'm lucky he's a boy, so I really don't wash his hair everytime he gets a bath. I also "warm" him up to the water, by first dumping it gently down his belly, then his back, then neck, etc. The actual washing I try to get him to do it and make lots of bubbles. He's gotten better but still hates it. Some days I just have to do it fast!!
 

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We only was my dd's hair about every 10 days-2 weeks. I seriously wait until her hair starts to smell dirty because getting her hair washed is very traumatic for her. She wears a bath visor and earplugs, and I have found that she likes a shampoo bar better than liquid shampoo. I let her choose whether I use a cup to rinse her hair or the shower nozzle.<br><br>
Really, nothing makes it better for her. She hates it, no matter what we do.<br><br>
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Thanks Mamas... Luckily I won a $20 amazon gift card on winzy last week, so I used it and got both products Finch mentioned....here's to hoping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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