August 30, 2005

Sick child and a bath.

My wife received a call at work yesterday advising that Clone was sick. He had a fever of 103. (C’mon baby do you do more then dance… he’s hot blooded, hot blooded…. Er sorry) Last night, Clone had a 104 temperature when we put him to bed. When he woke up this morning he was at 101. Even with Tylenol, we can’t seem to break this fever. Thus today I am staying home with him. This is not a good time for me to miss work, but it’s a worse time for Ktreva. IE here I am at home with the grouchinator.

Right now he is watching Sponge Bob Square Pants… It could be worse; he could be watching the Wiggles. GAK! He’s also eating some yogurt. Which has been the only food we’ve been able to get him to eat in the last 24 hours. Hopefully he breaks this fever soon, I really don’t want to have to take him to the hospital.

Now that I have the sympathetic parent crowd hooked, I have a question for you. Whenever we bathe Clone, he does not like getting his hair wet. Oh, and when I say we, I mean Ktreva… I’ve bathed him once in the last 2.5 years. Well, when “we” put him in the bath he’s fine. He’ll play and roll around and splash… as long as his head doesn’t get wet. Once his head comes in contact with water, he freaks out.

We have no idea why. Looking back over the last 2.5 years I can’t remember a time when anything happened that would make him scared of water. Not once when he was submersed either intentionally or accidentally. We know that Boopie had similar issues when he was growing up, and kind of still does. What we are asking you, kind readers, is if this is normal? Do those of you that have or had kids go through similar issues with them? If any of you have any advice we would appreciate it. Thank you.

Also, it seems that my modem is dying. I have a new one being shipped to me, but I won't receive it for probably 2 days. That means my access to the internet is sporadic at best.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at August 30, 2005 06:23 PM | TrackBack

I know when my brother was younger he had a similar problem. Have you tried pouring water on your head with him watching to show him it's okay and then trying to get him to dump water on his head mimicing you? This worked for my brother. (Of course, it didn't exactly work immeadiately, but oh well...)

Posted by: virtue at August 30, 2005 07:06 PM

both my kids don't like it, although Dash is getting used to it FINALLY. I will note he prefers his hair washed in the shower to tub

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 30, 2005 09:13 PM

What happened with my boys is that they don't like having it run into their eyes. As soon as I realized this was the problem, I tried different things. What works best for Tater is for him to lay down in the tub. I then wash his hair and make sure I get no water in his eyes. Occassionally he'll even put a washcloth over his face. And that is what I do with Tot. I have a washcloth over his face while washing his hair. This is NOT easy. I'm just glad it wasn't their ears! Good luck.

Posted by: VW Bug at August 31, 2005 07:20 AM

Goggles! My son also freaks. I am convinced it is because the water hits his eyes, well, mostly because he screams "My Eyes, My Eyes! I need a towel!" Yep, I think it's his eyes! i got him some goggles, he tilts back his head, and we are golden!

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 31, 2005 07:54 AM

My puppies don't like getting their heads wet either.

Well, I don't have kids, I had to chime in with something.

Posted by: Machelle at August 31, 2005 10:09 AM

My parent started my sister with a wash cloth on the head (not soaking). Then went to a soaking wash cloth (with the head tilted back) and then to a cup. After that, we always had cups in the bathroom for washing her hair.

Posted by: Sissy at August 31, 2005 05:34 PM

Snoofy and Magoo had issues with their ears. Snoofy had perpetual ear aches, and the tiniest bit of water in there was a Bad Thing. Magoo's ears were so bad, we had to put tubes in them (but I'm sure THAT'S not Clone's problem). Magoo also didn't like getting water in her face, so we gave her hand towels big enough to cover her eyes and ears. They both got over their fear, so, as hard as it is now, it'll get better. :-)

Posted by: Wes at August 31, 2005 07:45 PM

can i relate. my son had issues until 8 months ago when I installed a shower massage that has a handle that can be removed and lowered into the tub. I put it at very low pressure so I have more control over the water. He loved the feel of it on the softest setting which helped me convince him that it would not get in his ears and eyes (his issue). He now loves the thing so much that he begs to play with the handle portion before I wash his hair.

Before that I tried everything under the sun; from the washcloth covering the face or washing his hair with it to washing his hair separately under the sink. It was a fight and struggle each time. Now witht he shower massage he's undressed and in the tub before I even have a chance to run the water.

BTW, when I stay over at my mother's I use a cup to was his hair as she doesn't have a shower massage. Hope this helps!

Posted by: Michele at August 31, 2005 08:41 PM

We used a cup and a washcloth. A washcloth on their forward, look at the ceiling, water over the back of their head. But I suspect you've done all of this... only thing I can think of is goggles as has been said.

For the fever, it won't break with Motrin? Tylenol is a placebo in this house. It doesn't do crap.

Posted by: Boudicca at September 1, 2005 02:35 PM