Sun screen

Roxanne - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Can you use baby sun screen on babies. I have heard a few different answers on this and i am not sure. My baby also has excema so i need to know what wont make that flair up. ugh!

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Kelsey - posted on 07/10/2009

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My doc said not to use it, but my daughter was born SUPER premature so perhaps thats why.

Deborah - posted on 07/01/2009

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i just used sunscreen on my daughter last week (she is 3 1/2 months old) and she was fine. i didnt want to risk her getting a sunburn.

Boots - posted on 06/25/2009

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NO U CAN'T USE SUN SCREEN ON BABIES UNDER SIX MONTH DRIVES ME NUTS I USE A THIN BLANKET TO COVER HER WHEN SHE WEARS SHORTS AND STUFF.IT SAYS TO ASK A DOCTOR FOR BABIES UNDER 6MONTH.

Kristy - posted on 06/25/2009

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Well I live in NC and we have already been to the beach. I put sunscreen on my son (he will be 4mths on the 6th) I didnt put a whole glob on or anything I just put a thin layer and then I had him wear a hat and kept him in the shade. At each of my checkups I get a paper from my doc with some hints and such for the month and at my son's 2mth checkup it said to apply a sunblock if going in the sun because their skin is so easily burned. Also its been pretty hot down here so I tend to keep him inside but Father's Day our neighbors had a BBQ and it was sunny (no shade) and over 90* so I just wet a beach towel and kept that over him that way it blocked the sun and helped keep him cool. Plus I only stayed for about an hour or so.

Lisa - posted on 06/19/2009

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I spoke to my daughters pediatrician and he told me it was fine to use sunscreen on the baby. We use Huggies and she has not had a reaction. I also keep her in the shade as much as possible and use a battery operated fan to keep her cool.

Kathy - posted on 06/19/2009

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It says on the back of the bottles not to put it on babies under 6 months, and my doctor also told me that they don't recommend it. Yesterday, I was out in the sun all day, and had no way to avoid it, so I put some sunscreen on my son, who is 3 months, and it didn't do a thing to him. He didn't break out, get sick, or anything....and he's not sunburned. I figured that a little rash wouldn't be as horrible as a sun burn, because sometimes you just can't avoid the sun!

Lindsay - posted on 06/19/2009

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My pediatrician recommended Australian Blue Lizard sunscreen. She said it was the only one approved for kids under 6 monthes. On the label it says consult a pediatrician for under 6 monthes but it doesn't contain some of the ingredients that are unsafe for kids that young.

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Hello! I too go to the beach quite a bit (southern NC) and we discussed the issue with our Pediatrician. She said that since there had not been any tests on kids this young (she was born 3/25) that it was a sensitivity concern. She recommended using something that didn't penetrate the skin (like zinc oxide), but I can't find that anywhere. Then I called my dermatologist, and she suggested trying the Nutrogena for babies (SPF 70) that's new on the market. we did, and it was great, no flare ups (she's prone to heat rash) and no burn (although she was in the shade of a baby cabana or umbrella 99% of the time). Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 06/17/2009

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our doc said it didn't matter, that sunscreen has never been tested on babies under the age of 6 months, but if we wanted to to be safe we could. we also use aveeno baby, and our daughter had no problem with it.

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2009

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We took our kids to Disney a few weeks ago so we had to use sunscreen on our daughter (2 1/2 mths when we went) - figured it was safer to use it than to risk a sunburn that young. I bought the Aveeno baby sunscreen for her and she had no problems with it.

Amber - posted on 06/15/2009

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While it is recommended not to use sunscreen on children uner 6 months...we spend a ton of time at the beach and outside and honestly had no choice. This recommendation is made bc of the sensitivity level of a babies skin. It is too hot to dress out little one from head to toe...when he gets hot, its takes forever to calm him down and cool him back off. We have been using Hawiian Tropic Baby sunscreen since he was 4 weeks old and have no had any issues! We bath him as soon as we are back inside for the day to get it off. I will say that outside of baby acne, we have not had any skin or health issues with our son and he is 3 months old.

Tiffanie - posted on 06/15/2009

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I actually got a pamphilt about this. I got it from Healthy Babies. It says Do Not put sunscreen on a child under the age of 1 years old. If you take your baby outside make sure they wear light longsleeved clothing or have lots of shade. If you don't have shade in your back yard it says to use an umbrella or to make shade using tarps or blankets.

Stephanie - posted on 06/15/2009

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on the label of all sunscreens it says to consult your doc before putting it on a baby under 6 months old. If there is a sunscreen out there that can be used on them I would like to know about it too otherwise all we can do is keep them in the shade.My oldest daughter also has excema I'm not sure if it's the sunscreen that makes it flair up but it is always worse in the summer, i think also from sweating makes it itchier. if you do decide to use a sunscreen Aveeno creams are the best i found for excema, they have no fragrance and are good for sensitive skin.

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