Hygiene and Grooming Tips
I've discovered that with kids who drool a lot and can't control it, instead of using bibs, use bandanas. Bandanas come in many colors and styles, and you can even make your own. Get some fabric at a store and cut it into about a two by two (foot) square. Then sew around the edges. Instantly, you have a cool new bandana - any fabric, any design. They only take about 15 minutes to make. You can tie bandanas around kids necks and go everywhere, and no one will say "Why does so-and-so have a bib on?" They are stylish, easy, quick, and awesome. And you can always throw them in the wash, no hassle. - Initials, city, and state unknown
If your child's eye has been breaking out around the area of the adhesive from eye patches, Opticlude Patches by 3M have worked really well for us. If they continue to break out, take a bit of Milk of Magnesia (M.O.M.) on a Q-tip and draw a circle around their eye with the M.O.M. and let it dry, then apply the patch. The M.O.M. makes a good barrier between the adhesive and the skin which will stop the rashes!! - L.W., New Brunswick, Canada
This is for kids who absolutely hate to have their hair cut. We finally gave in and paid $69 for a FLOWBEE. It is an electric clipper set on a vacuum. It doesn't do the best job, but it gets the hair off quickly and easily and I don't worry about cutting off an ear as my son fights and swings his head around. He also doesn't get any hair in his eyes and I have nothing to clean up. We should have done it long ago. I used to dread the haircut and wait until it was a long matted mess. No more! We ordered it off of the Internet. - L.O., Logan, Utah
After reading other tips for nappy rash, I recalled a home remedy that I swear by: egg white! After cleaning and thoroughly drying the area, put a thin smear of egg white over the sore area or area to be protected. Allow it a few seconds to dry and there is a perfect seal over the area. And, its totally natural! This was the best tip I was ever given! - M.M., Picnic Point, NSW
I have a neat idea that's been working for about two weeks with our 6 (almost 7) year old Mikie. Mikie has cerebral palsy and also mild mental retardation, along with ADHD and possible behavior problems (other than that, he's a spoiled monster). Well, Mikie is on Dilantin for seizure disorders, and if any of you are familiar with it, it can cause bad gum problems.
The toothbrush issue has always been a big problem here and he hated getting his teeth brushed by me. The dentist said that we needed to do it 2 to 3 times a day since he was getting a bad mouth from letting him do it by himself.
Well, we invented the Toothbrush Fairy! Okay, so how does it work? Well, its kind of like the Tooth Fairy, but this one comes every Friday and checks your teeth when youre sleeping, and if you do a good job all week by helping to learn to brush your teeth and letting Mommy or Daddy do it correctly, then the Toothbrush Fairy leaves a shiny quarter. Well, I know Im cheap, but hey, he's still young enough to appreciate a quarter! And if he gives me too much of a hard time, I remind him of the Toothbrush Fairy, and he usually straightens up. When the time comes for him to test me, I tell him, "Well, I guess the Toothbrush Fairy didn't like what she saw... maybe next week you will try harder." I hope this helps! It has been a Godsend with us so far! - A.S., Manassas Park, VA
My son, Asa, is 9 years old, and has PDD-NOS. To clear up his filthy fingernail problem, we let him play with shaving cream in the bath. It really gets into those nasty crevices and he smells sooo good afterwards. - C.T., Rio Medina, TX
If your child tends to get sticky eyes in the mornings, (eyelashes stuck together, or just filled with goopy matter) try wetting a Q-tip with water and a little baby shampoo, then gently massage. The shampoo really helps to clean them off, plus it doesn't sting. - B.N., Burlington, KY
I always had a problem with sores and peeling of the skin around Kevin's fingers, because he always had his fingers in his mouth and the skin was always wet. When I asked my pediatrician what I could use around the skin to protect it that would be non-toxic (because whatever is in his hands goes in his mouth), he suggested Aquaphor. It is available at any pharmacy and is a gel that blocks the skin from wetness. It worked great for Kevin. - J.W., Long Island, NY
We use a lot of made up songs, especially for the less enjoyed tasks like tooth brushing. Just make up any little nonsense verse to go with each part of the task to distract the child. We also stick to a standard routine of what we do in the morning - he goes along with this a lot better. For hair cutting, I often sneak in while he is in the tub and avoid frequent trips to the barber. - L.F., Pawtucket, RI
This is a tip for "wheelchair hair." There's a great product on the market you can get anywhere. It's called "No More Tangles." You just spray it on before you brush and the tangles come right out. And, there's no screaming! - V.H., San Jose, CA
Having a child with special needs has proven to be challenging. But nothing compares to the frustration of "wheelchair hair." It was always coarse, and matted. Now I use V05 leave-in hair conditioner. It took a few weeks to remedy, but I don't have problems anymore! - C.K., city and state unknown
This tip is for children with cerebral palsy or any other condition that causes the hands to be fisted, which in turn causes a foul odor. After the child has been bathed, rub some cream deodorant into the palm and between the fingers. You can get several kinds that come in small compact looking containers. The one we use is called MUM. No more sweaty hands and the odor is gone! - K.W., Sanford, NC
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