How often should you give your kids a bath? Experts reveal why twice a WEEK is fine after Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis reveal they only wash their children when they can ‘see dirt’
Hollywood power couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher sparked debate when they revealed they only wash their children when they can ‘see dirt’ – but experts say they’re relaxed approach to personal hygiene is perfectly acceptable.
Angela Spencer, a UK-based pregnancy, birth and parenting expert with over 20 years’ experience, told FEMAIL that while there are stricter rules on when and how babies and toddlers should be bathed, it matters far less once children reach primary school age.
She suggested parents should bathe their children a minimum of twice a week, although ‘common sense’ should prevail.
‘If they’ve had a busy day, got dirty and in need of a bath, then have a bath,’ she said. ‘However, if you’ve had a lazy day, no one is really that dirty I reverted back to the “top and tail” scenario. That includes brushing teeth and hair.’
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) offers similar advice and states children aged between six and 11 only need to be bathed a minimum of ‘once or twice’ a week, although washing them more won’t do them any harm.
Angela warned there are also dangers of ‘over-bathing’ children, particularly when they are young, as their sensitive skin can dry out with water and have strong reactions to products.
Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, Ashton, 43, and Mila, 37, insisted there is ‘no point’ on putting daughter Wyatt, six, and son Dimitri, four, in the bath unless they need to.
Mila, who was born in Ukraine, explained: ‘I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway… But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day. I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns – ever.’
Ashton added: ‘Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.’