Dr. Alan Greene on Kids' Hygiene Habits

Bathing Alone

Question

When should kids be allowed to bathe or shower alone?

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 body or about your body.

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