Bathing is the act of washing oneself or another human or animal by submerging the body in water, though the term can also be used to reference the general cleansing of a body with water and soap, such as showering. Bathing is something might do when feeling dirty, but can also be done simply out of routine, for religious purposes, or even for therapeutic reasons. In modern times, people most commonly bathe in the privacy of their bathrooms using a bathtub or shower, but in some places, bathing might occur in rivers, creeks, lakes, or other large body of water.
Kids should bathe alone when they feel comfortable. For some kids, this is as early as the age of five or six. Others may enjoy the company of parents until they start approaching puberty, around the age of nine or ten. There may be risks in letting your child bathe alone, as the child may drown or slip.
There is no universal rule to how long someone can go without bathing, as everyone has a unique body chemistry and diet. Some people start to smell bad in less than a day after bathing, while others can go with an undetected smell for up to two weeks.
Elderly people may stop bathing due to experiencing pain while standing, sitting, or bending. For elders with Alzheimer’s and dementia, they may have fear of water or the sound of water. There also may be a fear of slipping on the hard bathroom floor.