When Should Kids Bathe Alone?

When should kids be allowed to bathe or shower alone?

When Should Kids Bathe Alone

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

The appearance (in whatever order) of body odor, underarm perspiration, acne, underarm hair, and pubic hair are all triggered by an event called adrenarche – the adrenal glands beginning to pump out hormones of maturation. These hormones also stimulate a desire for and need for independence.

It’s time for most kids to bathe alone when you notice one of the above signs, and/or the child begins to ask for privacy or act embarrassed about their own or about your body.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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