Although some children have fear for water that may outgrow with age; if there are persistent concerns about having hair washed, having water flow from head on the face and this is routine, it would be worthwhile to rule out any underlying Sensory Processing Disorder in children. Look out for other difficulties like cutting nails, difficulty tolerating different textures, difficulties in self regulation, sleeping and eating concerns.
Sensory Processing disorders happen when the one or more sensory systems like touch, vision, hearing, taste, smell, balance and movement have difficulties processing information and making sense of it for the brain to understand and react. This may turn many pleasurable experiences in to nightmares.
It would be advisable to get an assessment done from a qualified Occupational Therapist certified in assessing and managing Sensory Processing Difficulties. If diagnosed these concerns can be overcome with therapy.
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