Whats the deal with Sunscreen?

Sydnee - posted on 05/07/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old and i just was wondering why cant i put sunscreen on him? whats the big deal? when can i start using it?

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Jana - posted on 05/07/2009

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I burn very easily and was worried about my daughter when she was little little. I knew that I burned just from reflections off the water (yeah I'm that pale) and I read that Zinc oxcide sunblocks were ok for young babies to wear. I asked her doctor and he said, yes that it was ok. I found a clear zinc oxcide sunblock at Bath and Body Works stores (TrueBlue spa collection) Works great on faces and is clear. I used this on my daughter when she was 4 months old. She also wore sunshirts to "swim" in just for added protection. They are becoming more popular, you can find sunshirts at Old Navy, Target etc. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do... just to give you an example of what they look like. they feel like a bathing suit and dry quickly but they have SPF 50+

Sharon - posted on 05/07/2009

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use Arbonne's Baby Sunscreen product, awesome stuff. SPF 30 and safe and beneficial

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Megan - posted on 04/21/2011

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Arbonne baby sunscreen contains Octyl Methoxycinnamate, 2-Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octyl Salicylate), and Oxybenzone. These are not safe for kids. As I've posted in other threads, oxybenzone is an estrogen mimic that can interfere with normal sexual development. In fish, it can cause feminization of males. Not good. Zinc-oxide based sunscreens are safer, but sun-protective bodysuits are better. http://www.ewg.org/analysis/toxicsunscre...

Abby - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Gemma:

Same here. even when it is cloudy but still warm



same, wish i'd put it on me tho, i bloody got burnt the other day!!! cam didnt he was head to toe in factor 50!

User - posted on 05/10/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

I was told by a nurse that it is for the chemicles that are in the sun screan, and they normaly suck there fingers and arms and ingesting chemicles is not good for babies. What I found was ARBONE i dont know if that is how you spell it but they have a baby line and I believe less chemicles or no chemicles.

and yes keeping your baby out of the sun is hard but worth it.


Hi Cheryl!



The product you are referring to is called Arbonne.  It is a botanically based swiss product, which is pure, safe and beneficial for babies.  Arbonne is a network marketing company.  You must hop online on their website to order the products, or get them from a person who is building a business with Arbonne.  I would recommend these products to anyone!  They are incredible!

User - posted on 05/10/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

I was told by a nurse that it is for the chemicles that are in the sun screan, and they normaly suck there fingers and arms and ingesting chemicles is not good for babies. What I found was ARBONE i dont know if that is how you spell it but they have a baby line and I believe less chemicles or no chemicles.

and yes keeping your baby out of the sun is hard but worth it.


 

Vanessa - posted on 05/10/2009

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I used sunscreen with all my kids from 3 months on and never had a problem. I would rather be safe than sorry. Sunburn is no joke especially when it some to little ones. Do what you feel is best for your kid/kids.

Lori - posted on 05/10/2009

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I never put my infant in direct sunlight but, if I knew we were gonna be out, I did. I would rather put a little sunscreen on then have her get burnt!!! I little of it won't hurt and I would double check with your pediatrician. But, it didn't hurt her at all. Most any chemical is said to wait until they are 6 months to a year. Use caution and also, most dr offices have an on call you can use.......

Jessica - posted on 05/10/2009

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Keep the chemicals off your little precious!! Buy sun protected clothing, hats, and sunglasses. Stay in the shade...........

Chelseaszidik - posted on 05/09/2009

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You can buy the California baby sunscreen which is safe to use on all ages. It's chemical free, dye free, free of all allergens including wheat and dairy, it is also tear free. It is expensive at $18 dollars a bottle but is well worth it.

Jolene - posted on 05/09/2009

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1 reason is that under 6 months they figure if your baby is going to out in the sun long enough to need sunscreen, they really shouldn't be in the direct sun that long in the first place because their skin is so "new". Another reason is because of the chemicals that are in sunscreens a) can irritate their sensetive skin and b) their livers may have to work harder then they should with their skin absorbing the chemicals in the sunscreen.

Try a natural sunscreen from an organic market or health food store. Earths Best is a good brand.

Abby - posted on 05/08/2009

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havent read any other posts, but it's becasue a child under 6 months should never be in the sun, so there is never any need to use suncream. my son is 9 months(and we live in eng) and i use factor 50 baby suncream on him! x

Sara - posted on 05/08/2009

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You can put sunscreen on them, but it says to ask a doctor because they don't want you to have your child in the sun when they are little because their skin is so sensitive. I called my doctor and asked this same question, that is what they told me. Even with the sunscreen on, you shouldn't have them out in the sun a lot.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/08/2009

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i was told not to put (normal) sunscreen on a babe that young, but i have a an organic all natural facial sunscreen/moisturizer that i used on my son (made by juice beauty) and he never had a problem with it.

Kristi - posted on 05/08/2009

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One that my daughter's dermatologist said to use is Blue Lizard sunscreen. http://www.crownlaboratories.com/blueliz...

They have a baby version and the bottle turns pink when in UV rays. (even in the shade) We started using this because the steroids we had to use on my daughter thinned her skin. The doc said that her skin density was the same as a newborns so more likely to burn. We have to order it through Walgreen's pharmacy, but it's worth it.

Irene - posted on 05/08/2009

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I took my daughter to the beach when she was 3 months old. She wore bikini and sunscreens.
My pediatric told me, as long as you can find either one of these 2 ingredients in it, which is titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, it's should be good enough for them.
so far I use the Earth's Best kids' sunscreen. It works well...
Have fun in the sun!!! ^_^

Chelsea - posted on 05/07/2009

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huggies has out these new sun ray detector stickers...you just stick one on the little one and when the design on the sticker fades to one color, you know they've had too much sun. not a bad idea.

Robin - posted on 05/07/2009

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What ever you do no matter what brand do not get it in their eyes. It always burns. Have you noticed that even with you own make-up with sunscreen? If they are 0-3months old they really should not be in the sun. After that sunscreen is better than a burned baby.

Michelle - posted on 05/07/2009

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it's to harsh on there skin.. no matter what the age, always bathe child at end of day to wash off all sunscreen.

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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Geez I have never heard of this. I used a sensitive and "baby" based one on my kids from day one. But here is Australia the sun is very strong - I'd rather risk a rash than skin cancer.

Gwendolyn - posted on 05/07/2009

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went to a nursing conference and a dermatologist told the group to use any sunscreen with uva/uvb protection, to re-apply every 2 hours whether you think so or not - the saying he told everyone to remember is slip/slap/slop - slip on covering, slap on hat, slop on sunscreen...

Sara - posted on 05/07/2009

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I don't know, but just be aware of how much sun you little one is getting... when going out to play try to sit in shade and cover your baby up... for the weather of course but if he/she can't wear sunscreen than be safe don't spend too much time and cover the little one when you will be out for great lengths of time. I had a fall baby so did not have this problem, when time to take her out in the sun she was more than old enough.

Cheryl - posted on 05/07/2009

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I was told by a nurse that it is for the chemicles that are in the sun screan, and they normaly suck there fingers and arms and ingesting chemicles is not good for babies. What I found was ARBONE i dont know if that is how you spell it but they have a baby line and I believe less chemicles or no chemicles.

and yes keeping your baby out of the sun is hard but worth it.

Rachael - posted on 05/07/2009

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My dermatologist said I can use aveno baby lotion/sunscreen on myself and my daughter. That was a couple of months ago and my daughter just turned 6 months a week ago. I would call your pediatrician or dermatologist to be sure.

Dawn - posted on 05/07/2009

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6 months is what they say, I'm not sure why. We had this issue last year with our little one (we live in S. Texas). Basically, by not using it, it helped remind us to keep her out of the sun. Maybe ask your ped?

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