Before I jump into the Autism tip this week, let me tell you a short story <3 I had no idea how much easier I had it when the boy was younger. Really. A simple thing like a bath, keeping the kid clean was easy. He would sit in the tub for HOURS on end, soaking and floating. Playing with sound by putting his ears under the water and sucking up the water in his mouth to be a fountain and squirt it back out again. I was thankful at the time cause the kid wouldn’t wear shoes. His feet would be covered with cuts. But since he would soak in a bathtub, they never got infected! I never had to worry about cleaning ears or washing hair! Whew – boy did I have it easy. But I didn’t know it at the time.
Now, he screams every time I even suggest a bath.
So now how do I get him to reap the benefits of Epsom Salt/Baking Soda soaks with essential oils if he won’t actually get in the tub? My Hubby figured it out and it is pure GENIUS! Best of all, you can use it with any child. Parents too!! In fact, the discovery came about because of Hubby wanting to get a foot soak to sooth his tired feet with Peppermint essential oil and Epsom Salt. The trouble was he didn’t have time that day, but his dogs were screaming for some attention!
- So he got in a toasty warm shower with the stopper in the tub so the water wouldn’t drain out
- Mixed a drop of Peppermint essential oil in a generous scoop of Epsom salt and 1-2T baking soda
- Dumped it into the tub so he could soak his feet while he washed up
Honey – I am utterly impressed!!
Is it as good as a 20-minute, full body soak in a fragrant bath. Nope. Is it better then not getting exposed it at all? Most Definitely. When you have a special needs child, you need to take what you can get. Come up with ways to overcome the obstacles. Try to get 20-minutes of the feet in the water. You can let your child take a longer shower, enjoying the water. Maybe let him stand in the water while you dry hair and upper body slowly. If he will tolerate it, talk about body parts so you can prolong the standing in the water. I know that the whole bathing process can be overwhelming to begin with – so do what you can and don’t beat yourself up for what you can’t.