Sun protection cream for 4mths old?

Barbora Milena - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I have got a question. Im lookin for a good sun protection cream for my baby girl, she is 4mths old. Im not gonna sunbath her or put her directly on sun, but i would like to put the cream on her face n other parts of her body which will not be covered by clothes while being outside.

Which sun cream do you use for your child??

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Louise - posted on 03/23/2010

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I use a toddler sunscreen on my 5 month old made by the cancer council of Australia. So if you live in Australia that might help. Where I live there isn't exactly much of an option- you need to wear sunscreen!
Apparently it is the preservatives in some sunscreens that cause a reaction on young skin. I was told if you do a 'patch test' and there is no reaction, use it but monitor their skin and always wash it off once you are out of the sun.

Allison - posted on 03/22/2010

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I use clothing that has SPF in it, including hats and long-sleeve bathing suits, so I don't need to use sunscreen. We also avoid the sun during peak times as well.

The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is a good resource for safe baby and beauty products, too.

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

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Elena - posted on 04/28/2011

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To put sunglasses on a babies or kids is a very bad idea. Their eyes will never get used to seeing sunshine or daylight hours without them and it will ruin their eyesight. They also won't be able to tolerate the sun on their eyes if they choose to tan their face and we all know he much teenagers love to get a tan in their nice bikinis.

Elena - posted on 04/28/2011

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To put sunglasses on a babies or kids is a very bad idea. Their eyes will never get used to seeing sunshine or daylight hours without them and it will ruin their eyesight. They also won't be able to tolerate the sun on their eyes if they choose to tan their face and we all know he much teenagers love to get a tan in their nice bikinis.

Elena - posted on 04/28/2011

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There are also sunscreen companies that try to scare people into buying their products. Too much sun might be bad but the body usually knows when to get out of the sun when it is uncomfortable, it seeks shade. Sunlight actually makes people look younger because it adds more collagen to the skin. My son goes to the beach I let him tan without any sunscreen but when he gets too hot he stays under the umbrella. WE also dont stay longer than 2 hours. For people that do I would suggest a sunscreen that still allows tanning.

Tonya - posted on 03/25/2010

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most sunscreens are pretty much "poison"....read up on the ingredients-for ur sake too! The sun is way less harmful...it's not like the baby will be "laying out" to get a tan or going to a tanning salon. Do your research, that's what I do before I put anything on or into my baby :-).....look at all the ingredients and their effects, then decide-

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I use Neutrogena Pure & Free for babies. It is a Zinc Oxide based sunscreen and is opaque which is what I was told was best to use on babies. I was also informed that sunscreen is not recommended on babies under 6 months, however spoke with a nurse with my provincial telehealth program and she informed me that if sun cannot be avoided, to use it as well as sunglasses.

Barbora Milena - posted on 03/23/2010

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im thinkin of gettin her the kids sunglasses as well, i have very sensitive eyes to sun since i was a kid n her dad was wearin them even when it was just a bright day, so i suppose her eyes could be sensitive as well..... about the sunscreen, i dont really know, my mum told me bout the 6mtnhs as well...i have pale skin, im blonde n i have many freckles, so im used to put on sunscreen even when hittin the town, so i suppose she will be the same and really wanna prevent sunburn...

Jocelyn - posted on 03/22/2010

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I bought a pair of baby bands sunglasses for my kids; they are so cute! uva and uvb safe and they can't get them off lol

Francesca - posted on 03/22/2010

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My pediatrician and the hospital where I gave birth both warned me never to put sunscreen on a baby that is less than 6 months old.

To protect my Ella's face last summer (because she wasn't old enough to where sunscreen) I used a pretty little hat. And this summer, with all we know on Vitamin D and all I may just do the same. Its actually a very interesting conversation in my house since I have MS. Which they know has a correlation with a lack of Vitamin D. I have always been an outside type of person. But I used to always where sunscreen, head to toe. Now I wish I never did. So, my Dh and I are still unsure what to do. Its not like we sun bath out there. Most of what we do is hiking. So, we will just have to wait and see :)

Nikki - posted on 03/22/2010

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I have never heard of the 6 month thing? I first bought sunscreen when my daughter was only 3 months old, I have only used it a couple of times. When I asked the pharmacist he told me the ego one was fine as long as it was rubbed in really well so that she didnt get it off her hands. Just interested as to why they dont recommend it until 6 months, anyone know the specifics?

Allison - posted on 03/22/2010

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I only use sunscreen if we are going to be out for a long time in direct sun. For most incidental exposure, like taking a walk, I just use sun hats. So far, none of my kids have gotten burns, and I think its repeated sunburns that are the biggest issue.

Barbora Milena - posted on 03/22/2010

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yeah i heard that too that they need the sun for producin the D vitamin, but then I heard how dangerous the UVA, UVB rays r for them n the risk of damaging the young tiny skin forever...i dont wanna sunbath her, but when u go for a stroll with them, when they play in the backyard or r in their swimmin pool, the sun is shining on them... im first time mama n im confused by all the info...i dont wanna her get sunburn n have a sunbathin issues n allergies n eczemas etc for the rest of her life but i want her to be free to enjoy summer outside

Andrea - posted on 03/22/2010

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I know lots of sun is bad, but isn't a little everyday good for them? Helps with Vitamin D? I must be missing something about the dangers of the sun? Help?

Barbora Milena - posted on 03/22/2010

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thank you all four your tips, I find them helpful...she will be 6months by 15th of May, so until then I will try to shield her from the sun....did you use the baby sun glasses as well?

Jocelyn - posted on 03/22/2010

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I used an organic all natural facial moisturizer with spf (for sensitive skin) on my son when he was 5 months old. Worked great, he didn't get a skin reaction, and he smelled really good lol. The brand is Juice Beauty.

Brandy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Ya no sunscreen until 6 months. I know it kinda sucks because my daughter wasn't 6 months until october so she was too little for it all summer long. But we mostly just used blankets. We would just cover the stroller with a big but thin blanket and if the sun is only shining on one side, you can leave that side open. And if we were going to the backyard for a while, we would set up the playpen with some toys and stuff, then cover the top of it with a sheet but she could still see us because the sides were all made of screen material.

Barbora Milena - posted on 03/22/2010

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Liane u r not the first telling me that, but im just confused...whats worse? the sunscreens or the sun shine on unprotected skin? she will be in the shadow of the stroller but as they say the rays go through clothes n work even in shadow, im just wondering how to protect her...n i cant imagine dont bring her outside while its sunny until she will be 6mths old

Liane - posted on 03/22/2010

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My pediatrician recommends not using sunscreens until at least 6 months old.

Nikki - posted on 03/22/2010

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Ego sun sense toddler milk, it says toddler but my pharmacist said it was fine for babies. It good, comes in a roll on and is really thin and absorbs well.

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