Help! Tantrum or something wrong?

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:37am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

Here is my dilemma, DD will be 2 next week. She used to love her baths but for the past few evenings she screams as I have never heard her scream before, as soon as she touches the water.

She has multiple food allergies, very sensitive skin and eczema. She also seems sensitive to heat as she often has a heat rash, espically on her back. We try to not make the water too warm and like I said she used to enjoy her baths.

So, is she just not wanting to take a bath and having a tantrum every night or do you all think it is really hurting her for some reason? If this had been my older DD, I would have not worried about it and just treated it like a tantrum. But she has had so many problems and issues these last two years I always am second guessing myself.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:43am
Alyssasmom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2005 - 09:00

My dd who is now 8 w/ PA and eczema also hated taking baths as she got older due to eczema. I was told after the fact that taking baths can be the worst thing for kids w/ eczema. We started giving her showers which she loved and was not painful due to any open sores from scratching. also...pat dry don't rub and moisturize after drying off. good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 3:58am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

Do you think it could be painful even if her eczema is well controlled at the moment? She doesn't really have any bad spots right now.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 4:51am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Both of my kids around age 2 fought the bathtub. No skin problems, just 2.
Mommy no tubby mommy no tubby and then I could not get the out.
Maybe a shower?

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 5:15am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My DS who will be 3 this month used to also love his baths, but for about 3 months now he wants nothing to do with them. We just let him scream it out everynight and he calms down once he is in the bath. He does not have excema and is EA and PA. I think it is just a phase that some go through. If you child has excema don't put bubble bath in the water. My DD had excema on her legs and it would burn them.

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 5:33am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

I think we'll try the shower tonight and see how it goes. Older DD did get bubble bath for Christmas and she used it after little DD got out. Maybe there is residual bubble bath in the tub that is hurting her. Thanks everyone!

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 7:56am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Maybe it's just being 2 and having the desire to assert some control?

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 9:52am
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

maybe time for a new special bath toy- wind up boat? Just a thought...

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 10:33am
Lori Anne's picture
Joined: 07/13/2005 - 09:00

There are some good ideas in this thread:
Hope things get better soon! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 11:15am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

my older ds (who has no allergies or skin problems) always loved baths and then around 3 started freaking out about them. we tried several things and including reducing the number he took. turns out for him it was a new found fear of shampoo. we got him a visor and it worked wonders. you never know. my younger ds who has eczema always hated baths until he was a little older. I do think it hurt. With a two year old it is hard to know.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Mon, 01/01/2007 - 11:33am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for the ideas everyone! DH scrubbed the tub today and he also bought one of those special shower heads that you can hold in your hand. She cried a little but nothing like she had the past few nights. If she keeps crying I think we'll try let her pick out a new bath toy. Thanks!


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