Hair washing

by Jamie
(Channahon, IL)

I have a 5 1/2 year old and it has always been a challenge to wash his hair. He has Proprioceptive Dysfunction with no motor difficulties and has never qualified for any services through our insurance because there is no delay.

He is an extreme risk taker and will jump off most anything and climb everything.

We do the body brushing and joint manipulation, but just recently his hair washings have been a complete aerobic workout for me.

He will not hold his head back or cannot focus to hold his head back, so every hair washing results in water in his eyes, nose and mouth. He has thrown up from hair washings and screams so loudly his veins pop out on his forehead. I thought maybe he might grow out of it but he is becoming worse and worse.

My last resort is going to be to simply shave his hair to nothing and wipe clean.

SO I am seeking any kind of advice out there to avoid this last step!

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Nov 15, 2020
Consider the vestibular system
by: KIm

Difficulty with putting the head back is usually related to vestibular difficulties. So brushing/joint compressions won't help. Consider yoga and other activities where the head goes into different positions. Even putting head up and down getting items from under sofa/bed and then leaning backwards over bed/sofa.

Also, you can do it over a hand basin/bath and put head forwards rather than back, this is easier for some kids.

Nov 14, 2020
Hair washing for sensory sensitive
by: Anonymous

I've found that using swimming goggles that go over your eyes and nose to work with my child that has sensory issues and can't lean his head backwards. He also hates the feeling of water getting into his eyes as well. It took many different goggles to find a pair that felt right. Since he doesnt like water spashed on his face I have bought face cleaning wipes for washing his face. Good luck

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