Sunscreen

Heather - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I know the label says not to put on a baby younger than 6 months...but has anyones pediatrician said otherwise? And at what age? I live in California...where the sun ALWAYS shines...and too hot to wear long sleeves and pants.

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Megan - posted on 04/21/2011

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Please read the labels before applying sunscreen to kids of any age. Arbonne ABC sunscreen contains oxybenzone, which is an estrogen mimic, and may disrupt normal sexual development in children. "Pure" is not a regulated term, so it really means nothing when a sunscreen says it is "pure" or "natural". Sunscreens based on zinc oxide are safer (Badger is a good, widely-available brand). Try full-body sunsuits with a UPF rating, I see them for sale in Costco every summer. Also, you can wash your children's clothes in Sun Guard (available on Amazon), which gives them extra UPF protection. If you dress your child in lightweight cotton and linen, the long sleeves and pants will not be too hot, even in a California summer!

User - posted on 04/05/2009

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Sunsense low irritant cream (free of chemical absorbers for highly senstive skin)



The pharmicist mentioned this one, she mentioned that its ok for children under the age of 6 months as it is for sensitive skin and it is free of 'chemical absorbers' . I used it on my daughter when she was 3 1/2 months. Not sure if you can get it from California as i live in Melbourne, Australia

Toni - posted on 04/05/2009

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I kept my daughter out of the sun until she was about 6 months old. If we went to the beach she had a sun tent to herself and I'd just lie her on a blanket naked inside the tent with the flaps open. I only took her swimming early in the morning or very late in the afternoon.  She always had a hat on and a parasol on her push chair. When she got older and I put sun cream on her it would bring her out in a rash on her face, neck and upper arms. I've tried several different brands but I think the one we found best was Boots own brand called 'once'. You put it on and it lasts 8 hours before needing to reapply...although I noticed that the Florida sun was much stronger and did need reapplying more often. But it is great for kids and adults who hate reapplying every couple of hours or for when your kids are at school where teachers aren't allowed to put sun screen on the kids as it lasts all day.

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I was told to use zinc cream or sudocream (bum/nappy cream) as it creates a barrier from the sun. Also maybe put a full length swimming suit on your baby, most are SF50+. They are readily available here in Australia, but you might have to search the net for suppliers in the US. The Cancer Council have a great range and post overseas, check this link out:

http://shop.cancercouncil.com.au/c-4-swi...

Alicia - posted on 04/04/2009

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I started using sunscreen at 2 months old.  I live in Florida and it was the middle of the summer.  I wanted to take her to the pool and so I asked my pediatrician.  She suggested waited or using floppy hats, but if I wanted to put on sunscreen she told me to use on that is sold at CVS normally called "Baby Lizard" brand.  It is a little more sensitive for younger babies.



I used it at least every 2 weeks and she is now 11 months old and perfectly fine.

Lindsay - posted on 04/04/2009

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When my daughter was 2months old we took a trip to the beach so I had the same question as you. Our pediatrician said it was fine but to make sure and wash it off good after you get out of the sun so that it wouldn't irritate the skin. We didn't have any problems!

Sarina - posted on 04/04/2009

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i wouldn't put it on the baby until the baby is over six months because sunscreen can ienter nto their blood stream through the skin. i have read that too much sun exposure for the child under one year is very harmful...

Eileen - posted on 04/04/2009

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I sell Arbonne - they  have sunscreen for babies that is so pure that doctors have recomended it for babies. I would be glad to send you information if you want it. I can send samples - if you like it you can use it for yourself or  sell it yourself and have a business at home. I would not put anything on her hands and I only believe in pure - no chemicals - if you can't say it you should not be putting it on you or your child:)

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Speaking as a person who has had Melanoma (6 years ago), and burned quite a bit as a child, I highly reccommend sunscreen. However my 2 year old has always been sensitive to all the sunscreens and will break out in rashes on occasion. We use Neutrogena sensative skin on her now and that seems to cause the least problems (that, and taking a bath when we get home). BUT, we also use clothing and swimsuits and hats that have SPF built in and while it can be a bit pricey I feel it is important to invest in at least one item each summer that can be used on long outings or at the beach. The fabric breathes so the kids dont sweat. Here is just one web site you can view.

http://www.alexandme.com/Childrens_UV_Ha...

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my son's pediatrician recommended testing a very small area of skin that would not be rubbed a ton to see if there was a reaction - if no reaction she said use it - it is better by far than a burn! hope this helps - good luck to you!

Serena - posted on 04/04/2009

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I put sunscreen on my daughters when they were 3 months old. Just make sure not to put it on their hands or feet if they put their toes in their mouth. My pediatrician told me that it was ok.

Grealesix - posted on 04/04/2009

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I used to put sunscreen on my babies body and on the nose, if I used it in their face, they would get a little rash!

Kelly - posted on 04/04/2009

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My doc told me the reason not to use sunscreen (or bug spray) before 6 months is that all their organs are still strengthening and developing. Creams with chemicals in them are absorbed by the liver. Young babies can't always tolerate the absorption and it can cause problems later in childhood. I was told to keep baby in shade and/or cover them in light clothing to avoid being sunburned. This would be especially wise for babies who had jaundice as their liver was already a bit immature at birth.



You can buy covers for the stroller that are UV proof and are mesh type so breathable for the baby. That's what we use for the summer months when we're out walking. Along with big floppy hats! 

Hanna - posted on 04/04/2009

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Oh, one more thing, and it's not to advocate pro-sunscreen, but it might put a few things in perspective: last year in May, i came to Miami for 2 days to find an apartment (we were moving there), prior to that, i spent 2.5 years in Puerto Rico and never needed sunscreen unless i went to the beach. I got burnt to the point that I was all red from head to toe (except the area where the dress covered me) and ran 103 fever for the next 12 hours and was putting noxema all over for the next 3 days (not to mention all the laughs from co-workers back in PR about how i was a "gringa" and look like a tourist). the point being that i am an adult who lived in a tropical setting for over 2 years and my skin was well adjusted to strong sun and i still got burnt badly. A baby's skin is much more sensitive than that, so in areas with intense sun, a big floppy hat may not do the trick, nor will a simple sun screen. personally, with my 5 week old, i try not to take him outside between 11am & 4:30 pm and just keep him in the shade as much as possible -- he sleeps outside on our terrace for most of the daily naps, however there is shade (the sun is blocked by the building) and if we do take him outside between 11-4, even when we are hanging out in the park in the shade, i use sun screen because reflective rays are still very intense. and when we get home, i take a wash cloth with some baby soap and wipe all the areas clean to remove any sunscreen that was put on.

Joy - posted on 04/04/2009

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I have been using sunscreen on my son since he was 3 months old. Its a roll on sunscreen called Disney Sun Pals for gentle skin. Dont need to much.

Anna - posted on 04/04/2009

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My pedi told me I could put the Aveeno Baby sunscreen on my daughter when she was 3 1/2 months old. Every pedi is different, an old school pedi is going to tell you to wait until they are 6 mths. I would go w/ your gut and common sense.

Hanna - posted on 04/04/2009

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Hi Heather,

I live in Miami, I am in the same situation as you so i just talked to our pediatrician about this. She said to buy the sunscreen with zinc oxide and SPF50 or higher, zinc oxide will prevent it from absorbing into the baby's skin and form a protective layer between the skin & the sun. So while it's best not to put it, it's better to put it on than to have your baby sunburnt. she said that any sunscreen will do (you don't need to buy the most expensive one, as long as it's fragrance free (personally, i use coppertone water babies spf 60). Also, don't forget to put it on the back of the hands (unless baby is sticking fists in the mouth, then don't as the baby may ingest some) and ears. and check the expiration date -- the effectiveness diminishes drastically after the expiration date has passed. Good luck!

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We live in a hot place when my first was born and I used sensitve skin sunscreen for her. She has sensitive skin but never had a problem. However, do not put it on her hands as she could ingest some when she sucks on them.

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