My 2 month old got a sunburn

Veronika - posted on 07/25/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I went outside with my 2 months old baby. When we came back, she had red cheeks. She did not have any pain, fever, blisters from sunburn, or any discomfort. The day after sun exposure she acted normally, did not cry, did not show any discomfort, eat well and slept well at night. This redness has been for couple of days. Is she in danger of skin cancer in future? What should I do to treat sunburn? Can I use a baby sunscreen for her?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/26/2013

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Veronika, you really need to call your pediatrician to determine if that is safe for use in infants under 6 months. We are not physicians here, and we cannot make that determination.

If she doesn't seem in any discomfort, I'd just use your normal baby lotion. But, seriously! Call the doc's office and ask the nurses.

Veronika - posted on 07/26/2013

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thank you for the link.
another question? Can I use Soothing Aloe Aftersun Gel by banana boat for my 2 months old?

Jodi - posted on 07/26/2013

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Actually, the fact that sunscreen is not recommended for under six months is old advice. The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stated that since no evidence of harm was found from small amounts of sunscreen on babies' skin, it is considered safe to use sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age when they can't be completely protected by shade and clothing.

So basically, that means that you should try to ensure baby is always protected by shade and clothing, but if this is not possible, sunscreen in small amounts is perfectly acceptable. There are sunscreens available made for babies under 6 months.

This is the one I used on my daughter:
http://www.makeuwell.com.au/uv-natural-s...

Ev - posted on 07/25/2013

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Actually, sunscreen is not recommended on 2 month olds. It is recommended for six months and up. A baby should be at least screened from the sunlight in summer when sun is more harsh. At two months they should be outside when its the cooler parts of the day, in shade or under the cover of an umbrella or a stroller cover. As Little Miss suggested call the doctor for more information on what is safe to use for her.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/25/2013

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I would call your pediatrician to make sure you use a safe product. I am just not sure what is safe for a 2 month old.

Veronika - posted on 07/25/2013

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How to treat sunburn? Can I use Soothing Aloe Aftersun Gel by banana boat for my 2 months old?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/25/2013

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Yes. Use baby sunscreen on her, and re-apply often if out doors. There is not telling about the cancer. That is many years down the line, and who knows if it can be cause from one single sunburn. In the future, just be more aware of her sun exposure and protect her baby skin. Their skin burns much easier than adults.

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