can you put sunscreen on a baby younger than six months?

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Guggie - posted on 06/10/2009

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i wish i had my links with me but i didn't save them. anyways i was just reading a couple months ago about the horrendous results of sunscreen. babies in america are already deficient in vitamin d because mothers use sunscreen so much. plus there hasn't been any good scientific research on how sunscreen affects babies.



check out

landsend.com

gymboree.com



they have great swimsuit and outerwear that is soft and cool but has upf50 sunray protection. i got a polka dot swimsuit and matching hat for my daughter.

Guggie - posted on 06/10/2009

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I am really against sunscreen on small babies. I don't think it's even been close to thoroughly researched and they shouldn't be out in the sun long enough to need it anyways.



Here is what I have done to prepare my irish redhead for summer:



I bought the swimsuit from gymboree.com that has upf 50 sun protection. it has sleeves to cover her arms and boy short bottoms to cover her thighs. then i bought a wide brim hat for her face.



I also bought huggies little swimmers stickers. you put the sticker on them or their clothes and it changes colors when it has detected a certain amount of sunlight so you know it is time to seek shelter.

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009

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I will have to agree with Mrs. Caldwell-Mitchell. Their skin absordes it so quickly that it is useless and the chemicals that are used in the sunscreens are harmful to thier little bodies. I'm not at all a GO GREEN freck, but when it comes to my babies, I can't be safe enough. Either use the shade advice or One Step Ahead sells long sleeve sun suit things that are ultra thin, perfect for sun filled baby fun. I don't believe that any topical stuff has really (researched based) been proven to be safely applied to babies under 6 months of age.

Jackie - posted on 06/10/2009

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I was told with both my children the reason why you don't put sunscreen on babys under 6 months old is because their skin actually absorbes it all. So its 100% useless and gives you a false sense of protection. I personally wouldn't risk using any product and just keep your baby covered and in the shade. It is what mothers have been doing for 1000s of years and has been working so far.

Jacki - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter is 2 months old and my pediatrician said I could start using it,,,although I'm still hesitant about it

Amber - posted on 06/09/2009

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I have always heard you aren't supposed to. I would call your pediatrician's office and check with them.

Sheri - posted on 06/09/2009

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baby bum rash cream is what my public health nusre said to use, just dont put it on their hands so they cant eat it. it works just the same.

Ellie - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter is 4 months old...my pediatrician said that it is perfectly fine, just give them a bath afterwards :) In fact she said that you can use adult sensitive skin sunscreen (like the facial sunscreen) or baby sunscreen. I have done this several times with mine already this season and it seems to have no repurcussions. :)

Gretchen - posted on 06/09/2009

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you really shouldn't. ..im not sure if your doc can prescribe something, you can always ask. . .but just keep her in the shade or keep a hat on (if she likes it), or if you have a parasole (sp) you know those umbrella things, that will help if you go somewhere that has no shade at all. . .but i don't think there is really any sunscreen you can use. . .

Gretchen - posted on 06/09/2009

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you really shouldn't. ..im not sure if your doc can prescribe something, you can always ask. . .but just keep her in the shade or keep a hat on (if she likes it), or if you have a parasole (sp) you know those umbrella things, that will help if you go somewhere that has no shade at all. . .but i don't think there is really any sunscreen you can use. . .

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