Hand washing

My 7 year old son cannot stand washing his hands, particularly with soap. I've tried liquid,solid and foam soap, but he can't tolerate anything. I can't bear the battles and upset any more. What can I try?




He also really stresses out over wiping his bottom. I think he's fearful of getting anything on his hands. Any tips would be gratefully received.



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May 24, 2019
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Hand washing
by: Anonymous

I remember it starting in the first grade for me. At first I thought it was the brown paper towels that made my hands feel icky. Then I thought maybe it was the pink soap. No matter what, every time I washed my hands they would feel so icky that it made me miserable for hours so I avoided it all costs. Then I used lotion and it made my hands feel better.

To this day, I'm 38 now, I simply cannot get my palms wet without having lotion to rub in immediately afterwards. I also still occasionally suck my thumb. I guess all these years of being embarrassed and ashamed I now know it's been SPD the whole time and I'm seeing it play out again with my 4 year old.

Jan 09, 2016
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my 11yr old
by: Anonymous

My son has a diagnosis of Asperger's, Anxiety, and non specified paranoia. He has the same issues your son presents. Thank you, I will be asking his psychiatrist for an SPD assessment.

Dec 05, 2015
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hygiene
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your comment. We've briefly tried hand sanitizer, but he hated it. I suppose we could try again given what you say about it disappearing in 30 seconds - maybe we'd be able to persuade him that it's worth trying.

Do you mind me asking - I don't want to force him to do anything that upsets him, but at the same time, I feel that hand hygiene is really important. He's a small boy, with the kind of things you'd find on any small boy's hands! How do you feel about this?

Many thanks in advance

Cari

Dec 04, 2015
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Washing Hands
by: Anonymous

I'm 20 and this reminds me very much of me as a child. More than anything, I hated to wash my hands. I still don't usually wash my hands unless I'm in a public place and feel the pressure to conform. I also really, really, really hate washing my face. I hate the smell of soaps and candles, so I have an unscented soap in my bathroom currently which I rarely use unless I cook something or plan to.

Can you get him to try some hand sanitizer? It's a lot to work with at first, but it evaporates in 30 seconds if he rubs his hands together.

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