When Should Kids Bathe Alone?

When Should Kids Bathe Alone
Q:
When Should Kids Bathe Alone

When should kids be allowed to bathe or shower alone?

A:

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.

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Stephanie D'Augustine
Last reviewed: August 23, 2008
Dr. Alan Greene

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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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