My 5 month old has the classic newborn eczema. We are going to Florida in a couple of weeks, what brand/type of sunscreen would you suggest?

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Adrienne - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thanks! I just called my pediatrician and was directed to the American Academy of Pediatrics website for 2 publications. Here are the links, if you're interested...

http://www.aap.org/family/funsun.htm
http://www.aap.org/publiced/BR_SunSafety...

Basically, everyone was right! *smile* Preferably limit sun and no sunscreen until over 6 months. However, if unavoidable use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (applied 30 min prior to exposure) with titanium or zinc oxide. And the nurse reminded me - Don't forget their little feet!!!

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Aveeno Baby sunblock lotion... its SPF 55 and all the Aveeno products work wonders for sensitive skin and eczema. We have a redhead with very sensitive, skim milk skin (she does the rashy/exema thing too) and this works wonders as does their lavender soothing lotion for daily use and after bath. As long as you bathe your baby each evening after applying the sunscreen, you will be fine with putting it on a little one. I also totally suggest either Method brand baby wash (it smells like marshmallows and is totally natural) or Mennan's Baby Magic (which for some reason I can only find at CVS)... both are wonderful and gentle for babies with skin issues. We took our baby to Florida when she was nearly 4 months old and then to San Antonio, TX  (in late July...hot and humid!!) when she was 10 months old...the Aveeno really helped. Happy traveling!!

Jackie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had the same thing with my son, Adrienne is right that you're not supposed to use sunscreen until a baby is 6 months old but if you need to use it and can't keep him out of the sun, I used Aveeno Baby sunscreen and it worked well. My pediatrician also recommended using sunscreens with titanium (a physical barrier, not chemical) for my son. Ombrelle uses titanium in their sunscreens. Have a great vacation!

Danya - posted on 02/26/2009

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Vanicream sunscreen. You may have to go to a dermatologists office to buy it, but it is not prescription. The vanicream lotion also works great for excema.

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No sunscreen til 6 months, but I would call your pediatrician. Unfortunately though I think you will just have to limit the time spent in the sun! - And no repellents til 1 year and DEET free! Good luck because florida has the sun and bugs!

Michelle - posted on 02/26/2009

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Use vanicream sunscreen because it is hypo allergenic. My daughter has sever eczema too and her specialists suggests that we use Vanicream.



I hope this works for your baby!

Monique - posted on 02/26/2009

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not sur as to sunscreen but what cleared up my daughters exema was the brand Huggies Shea Butter Lotion, it worked wonderful the doctors had her on steroid cream don't let them do that it makes it worst, keep using Huggies lotion and shes now 4 years old and no spots on her face

Adrienne - posted on 02/26/2009

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Can you use sunscreen yet? I have a 4 month old (eczema too) - we leave Sat for FL and I thought I heard no sunscreen until 6 months... I've been wondering how to handle that?!

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