After Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher confessed they only bathe their children when they appear dirty, experts have revealed how often kids should be washed
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Earlier this week, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher sparked a huge parenting debate when they confessed how often they bathe their children.
The power couple left people divided when they admitted they don’t routinely wash their kids, six-year-old Wyatt and four-year-old Dimitri; instead just bathing them when they notice dirt on them.
“I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway,” Mila explained, while appearing on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s podcast Armchair Expert. “But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day. I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns, ever.”
The actor continued: “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
But, realistically, how often should parents be bathing their children? Well, it turns out that Mila and Ashton are pretty much bang on the money.
While many people religiously shower themselves and their children daily, according to parenting expert and qualified Early Years Practitioner Kirsty Ketley, kids up to the age of five only need a thorough wash around three times a week.
“Under fives don’t need to be bathed everyday, unless they are really mucky, and it’s not necessary to use lots of products on them,” she wrote on her website.
“Often kids with severe eczema, for instance, can be advised to bath in only water, two to three times a week.”
While there’s nothing wrong with bathing your kids more regularly than that, if you choose to do so, cleaning expert Joyce French has warned against over washing, as it can break the skin’s natural protection.
“Bathing or showering too often can actually disturb the skin’s natural protection barrier,” she told The Sun.
“This can lead to dry, irritated or infected skin, especially if you use harsh soaps or boiling hot water.”
How often do you bathe your kids? Let us know in the comments section…