SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, press release, Sept. 13, 2016
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all.
That's the word from Dr. Robert Sidbury, an associate professor with the department of pediatrics and division chief of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis.
"Depending on their age and activity level, most children only need a bath a few times a week," Sidbury said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "For children, a few germs here and there are healthy, as this is how their bodies learn to fight off bacteria and build stronger immune systems."
Sidbury provides these recommendations about bathing for kids:
"While these guidelines work well for most children, every child is different," Sidbury said. "If your child continues to have body odor, or if your child's hair or scalp seem too oily or dry after following these guidelines, see a board-certified dermatologist."
He also cautioned that kids with skin conditions such as eczema should follow the bathing recommendations of their dermatologist.
For more tips about kids and bathing, check out the American Academy of Dermatology's "How Often Do Children Need to Bathe?" video on YouTube.