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Making Bath Time Easier for Those With Sensory Issues

A child examines a pumpkin.

Our senses have been given to us to guide us through life and help us make sense of the world. They aid us in decision making, warn us of danger, and help us to enjoy life. But sometimes, people have “sensory issues”. What does that mean exactly?

Our senses relay information to us on a continuous basis. For those with sensory issues, they have difficulty processing that information. You may know someone who cannot tolerate loud noises or has issues when the lights become too bright. What happens when the person’s issue is related to their sense of touch?

According to studies done by Dr. Ayres, we also have internal senses that relate to body awareness and movement. For some children, having all this information coming at them at the same time can be very overwhelming because they cannot make “sense” of it all.

Children jumping on a trampoline.

The “hyposensitive” child typically loves his or her sense of touch. These children want the extra sensory input and will sometimes get it by intentionally bumping into things or even crashing into other objects (or people). They have a need for this extra stimulation because of their internal receptors located within their joints and ligaments. You might also find that they grab objects (or people) and squeeze or hug them tightly.

These children also crave motion. You’ll find them jumping, climbing, spinning and running. It might be difficult to get them to slow down long enough to eat, get dressed or bathe. It seems they’re always on the go because of their internal receptors located within the inner ear.

A child crying in a bathtub.

For the “hypersensitive” child, life is processed much differently. These children have difficulty processing how much force they’re applying because they have trouble sensing where they are relative to where other objects are. These children might break crayons because they press too hard. They might break things because they think they’re “setting” something down, but not realizing how much force they’re using.

On occasion, people with sensory issues related to touch may have skin sensitivity issues as well. They might be prone to irritation from skin products, including soaps, lotions, or creams. For a parent, having a child with sensory issues, as well as skin sensitivity issues, can make bath time a less than enjoyable experience. Hopefully, we can help at least a little bit.

Yahwehs Naturals No Nonsense soap.

We don’t have the ability to treat any conditions or solve any sensory issues, but we did carefully and thoughtfully develop a soap that may help make bath time easier – for children and adults. Our brands new No Nonsense bar, is created with plant oils such as olive, coconut and castor. These oils are gentle and nourishing to the skin.

In addition to the oils, we have added Shea butter for extra moisturizing. The bar is very solid so, for those children who tend to squeeze, break or rip objects, it is unlikely to be found in pieces in the shower or bath.

For those who tend to be overwhelmed and overstimulated by bright colors or strong smells, this is a great bar to use because we have added zero colors and zero fragrances. Although we use natural additives and essential oils in our soaps, in the case of those with sensory issues, we know that less is more!

A happy family hugging.

Life is filled with sensory experiences that make it rich and rewarding. For those with sensory issues, however, it can be frustrating. We hope that by offering a soap that is geared toward those with these issues, as well as skin sensitivity, we can help make bath time a little easier and more enjoyable!

Natural, safe, effective skincare the way God intended – that's Yahwehs Naturals.

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