My son hates metal
by Melissa J
(Austin, Texas, USA)
My 4 year old is fascinated with how everything smells. After my husband gets home from work he has to shower if he wants to be near our son. He tells my 9 year old to go shower or go brush her teeth... because of a smell. Well for about a year he would not touch money. He told us it made his hands stink, so we would wash after playing or touching money. Well now he will not even take a quarter to get a gum ball, we have to put the quarter in the machine for him.
Up until now we were fine with all this but now he will touch NO metal. NONE! Door handles, ladders on playground or pool, screwdriver, dogs food bowl, snap on jeans and so many other things. We just want to make it ok and not so scary for him, to have dirty or metal smelling hands. We taught him to wash his hands for 20 seconds with really perfumed soap and sometimes that works but we shall see how much further this goes????
My husband just laughs and says he will buy him finger cotts to count money or gloves to open doors with... We just have good humor about his little fusses and try not to get frustrated.
We have so much to be thankful for, he is the best kid, lovable, sweet and smart.