Reaction to sunscreen!

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I just got back from the doctors because my daughter has a rash all over her face (and some spots on her body too) and they think that it is due to sunscreen. Any suggestions as to what to do/use? We are outside all the time...

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Christina - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter has very sensitive skin, and her allergist suggested Vanicream. You have to ask for it at the pharmacy, but it doesn't require a prescription. There are lotions, creams, soaps, and sunscreen. Works well and while it's a little more expensive, it's not horrible.

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Chrissy - posted on 07/15/2009

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so glad you said that because my son almost 4 has what looks like a scar on his on cheek and his shoulder. Has faded a little but concerned. I do not know if it was the target or hawaiian tropic cream. I swear by the spray mist suncreen. Easy to put on and no reaction.

Brenda - posted on 07/15/2009

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I am a preschool daycare teacher. Sunscreen is ok!!!!! I ask my moms to apply it before they bring their child in in the morning and we have a special medical form for them to sign so that we may keep their brand on hand. We apply it in the afternoon before going out. A little will not hurt at all . Just remember anything over SPF30 is the same as 30!!!!! Brenda in NC

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Claudia - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter (3) had the same problem this year and her Dr. told me not to use SPF higher than 15. So far the only one that does not cause the redness is Coppertone Oil Free, spf 15. It is not for children and I'm not sure if it's the "spf" or the "oil free" that's working....but it's not causing a reaction so I'm sticking with it. Good Luck!

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we use baby blanket with titanium dioxide. My daughter has severe eczema and sunblocks bother her even at age 5. Baby Blanket is the only one that she does well with. Our dermatologist said find one with zinc or titanium so it stays on top of the skin and doesnt absorb into the skin like the newer sunblocks. Good luck

Karine - posted on 07/15/2009

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My son had a reaction 2 years ago at age 2. He was awful looking on his face and ears, neck, etc. Our pediatrician told us to use an unscented oil-free sunscreen. It worked. The spray kind also doesn't give him any reaction on his body. He seems to have outgrown it though this year.

Norma - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi, I was told not to use sunscreen on anyone under 1 year of age and if possible not until they are at least 2. We were fortunate to have lots of tress in our yard that we were able to stay in the shade. Or I avoided the hottest times in the sun with our girls. We use Arbonne now.

Stephanie - posted on 07/14/2009

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my son had the same problem.. we tried numerous different kinds and the only one that doesnt bother him or give him a rash is banana boat kids 50 proof...

Kate - posted on 07/14/2009

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If you must use sunscreen (I don't, as we eat a very healthy diet, and we do not burn despite being very fair), get Badger. It is primarily zinc oxide and does not contain chemicals. This is safer.

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2009

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Thanks for all of the input. My dd is 8 months old, as of right now this is the first reaction she has had. I am not ready to have her allergies tested, and hope that we don't have to, my hubby and I have none! I am definitly going to try another brand, we use many Aveeno products for diaper, body cream... so I will start there and see how it goes.

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2009

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Quoting Joanne:

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
This website has excellent information on allergens/potential hazards in most products. We use California Baby products. They are designed by a mom of a kid with bad allergies.


We have tried to get California Baby products, as we have heard that they are good, but have had a hard time getting them in Canada.

Anna - posted on 07/14/2009

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I agree SOME allergists will do the prick test, however since it is not always accurate in children under 12 mths old, our insurance would not cover it until age 2, but you can always check w/ your pedi and your insurance carrier.

Malinda - posted on 07/14/2009

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P.S. SOME allergists will do a scratch test on an infant who has had a specific reaction, but you may have a difficult time finding one. Most allergists believe that a baby's immune system is not yet stable enough to truly determine allergy, but if a reaction has occured I still think it's important to determine what caused it.

Amy - posted on 07/14/2009

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They make sunscreen for sensitive skin. My husband and daughter both use the Neutrogena SPF 85. My husband had cancer several years ago and we were told this is the best to use. He is sensitive as well to creams/lotions.

Malinda - posted on 07/14/2009

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Ditto the scratch test and/or patch test with some different items - find out what exactly she is allergic to. I, for instance, am allergic to titanium dioxide, which is a common sunscreen, but not the only one. I just have to seek out products with zinc oxide instead.



Also, don't assume that "natural" or "organic" products are necessarily better - many times they contain plant items that can also cause allergic reactions. You just need to know what ingredients to avoid.

LaCi - posted on 07/14/2009

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My son has sensitive skin. We have had luck using unscented aveeno products.

Anna - posted on 07/14/2009

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How old is your dd and what brand gave her the reaction? Dr.'s will not do an allergy blood test until age 1 and those are pretty worthless. Our pedi told us they are not a good way of testing allergies and that you should do a skin test, but could not do that until age 2. I would personally use an all natural brand like badger and put a wide brimmed hat on her.

Rhionna - posted on 07/14/2009

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Ask for an allergy test from your Dr. I am allergic to lanolin so I have to be careful to, have you tried a different brand? If you do try something new make sure you do a patch test before appling it all over. It really would help if you got an allergy test done, then you will know for certain what it is you have to avoid.

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