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Old 10-18-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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Question baths and showers while sick

dh and i grew up both grew up hearing that you do not give a child a shower or bath while they are sick unless one is needed to help lower high temps. my parents are always reminding us not to give the girls one and just about everyone we've ever talked to has said the same thing.

does anyone know if there is any ?truth? to this "old wives tale"?
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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I've never heard this one. Sounds like an old wives tale. Baths/showers can actually temporarily relieve some symptoms (ex: congestion) and soothes body aches and pains. If my kids are sick and they feel up to a bath or shower they get one. I know when I'm sick a bath/shower makes me feel better and even makes it easier for me to sleep afterwards.
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I've never heard that before.

And as long as I can remember, everyone I know (including my mom) has always given their kids a nice warm bath to help them feel better. Heck, I still take a bath when I don't feel well. Eli does the same. Like Trina said, the hot steam clears up congestion and the warm water soothes aches and pains and its very relaxing and comforting.

What is their reasoning for suggesting you don't bathe your kids while they're sick? What do they think will happen if you do?
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I'm guessing the whole this is if they had a high fever, like 102, 103 then giving them a 105 bath (which is easily in the range of very warm bath temps) then you could push them into danger. Just like when DW was preggers and they said no baths over 100. I used a pool thermometer to draw her baths and 100 is cooler than you think. If a kid has a cold I wouldn't worry about it, a nice warm, not too hot bath, should be relieving, but I'm guessing that's where the caution comes from.
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We're both sick & right now a good hot shower does wonders for relieving a little mucous. Actually Lucas has had two nice long showers some days - I'd definitely say this is an old wives tale .

On the showering to relieve a fever: we found out about a month ago how NOT fun that is with a toddler! but he was 102 and mommy wasn't taking no for an answer (thankfully he was really tired and couldn't fight it too much).
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Never heard of this! Exact opposite is what I heard!

Since babies under 4 cannot use cold medicine, my doc tells me if my son has a cold to give him a hot bath! I did it and the mucus poured out and he could breathe a lot better!

Whenever I was sick as a kid, my mother gave me a nice hot bath! It felt great!
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it don't make sense does it. must be a backwoods out in the boondocks sort of thing.

dh and i tend to lean the way ya'll do giving the kids warm baths or showers to help them feel better and open things up but making sure to dry the kiddos' hair. we do it for ourselves too though for me it just takes whatever energy i got left outta me.
we've always done the lukewarm/cool baths for fevers never thinking about that but my mom mentioned it the other day and i just thought it'd be interesting to hear other folks thoughts on it.
this reminds me of another one...soon to follow...

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What does dh stand for? I have seen another poster on here use that.
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dh--dear hubby.
there's a list here somewhere...

common parenting abbreviations.
http://www.parentingforums.org/f19/c...ions-7287.html

and another link with some of the same but some different ones too.
http://www.parentingforums.org/f19/p...tion-8312.html
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cool thanks!

Is there one for "multiple time cheating wife who left her husband and son who wanted to be with her"?

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(I guess I still am holding a grudge for that one lol, but at least I can laugh about it now.)
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