Baby suffers burns while mum sunbakes...

*Lisa* - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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A five-month-old baby suffered burns to 20 percent of his body while his mother was sunbaking on an English beach.



The little boy received the horrific burns at the beach in Brighton during Monday's 25C day — one of the region's hottest of the year.



Police were called to the scene after two community support officers spotted the infant in distress.



"An ambulance was called for the five-month-old baby who was visiting Brighton from London with his 29-year-old mother," The Sun quoted a Sussex Police spokesman as saying.



"Paramedics who attended the scene believed the boy was suffering from burns to a large percentage of his body."



"No arrests have been made but the matter has been passed to our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, who will check to ensure there are no child protection issues."



The 29-year-old mother, from Plumstead in London, may face charges of neglect.



The boy remains under care at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.



Young children have an increased sensitivity to UV rays because their skin produces less melanin.



Should she be charged with neglect? Or could this happen to any mum?

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Sharon - posted on 05/25/2010

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I'm pretty sure babies under 6 months aren't supposed to wear sunscreen.

But sunning yourself and letting your child burn is friggen insane.

Whenever we went to the pool at our apartment, my son was fully shaded with light clothing on - if any - but umbrellas, patio roofs etc were always keeping the sun off him.

Charlie - posted on 05/25/2010

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Of all the stupid things to do , seriously does this woman have any common sense , charge her !!

Cooper has been going to the beach since 3 months old , with full body extremely high SPF protected swim suits , similar to a full length wetsuit , hat and baby sunscreen cancer council approved , he has never been burnt .

Then again obviously since she is burning the crap out of her ow skin or tanning as some love to call it , she obviously doesn't know or care of the dangers the sun can have .

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We all know (or should know) the dangers of sunbathing and the damage it can do to our skin. To me, it is pure stupidity to sunbathe with a five month old baby and at 29 years of age the woman should have known better. I say it's neglect.

Becky - posted on 05/25/2010

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I agree, she should be charged with neglect. Being a redhead and fair skinned, I've had many bad sunburns in my day. So I know it takes a while before you really start feeling the effects of the burn. So if the child was showing signs of distress, he had been in the sun for quite a while and was pretty badly burned. I'm sure it takes less time for a 5 month old to get a bad burn than it takes for me to, but I do burn pretty fast!
Obviously, she was more concerned about her own tan than about her child's safety.
Burns like that could also cause complications like dehydration or heat stroke, which could've killed an infant that young.

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The fact she was intentionally sunbathing means she should know that she needed to keep her baby shaded or protected in some way. If she was sunbathing then they were there for a significant period of time.
For him to have serious burns then more then 15-20 minutes had passed AND she was not paying attention because he would have likely been showing signs of distress.
It says that two community support officers noticed and called for help.

Her actions, even if she claims she didn't know, were neglectful. Should she lose her child? No, not unless there are other reasons to consider her an unfit parent, but she certainly should face up to the consequences of being so out of tune with her child's needs.

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Sarah - posted on 06/01/2010

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I did wonder how she "didn't notice" her child was burning so badly.....guess that's the answer!
No way that one can of lager could make you THAT unresponsive to your baby burning.
Urgh, i hope she gets charged.

Kate CP - posted on 05/31/2010

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It really annoys the piss out of me that people like her can easily have children and then neglect and abuse them. Meanwhile, people like me and a few of my friends, have to struggle with infertility and health problems just to have a baby whom we can love, support, and nurture into productive citizens. I hate her and I hate her functioning ovaries.

...Sorry, I'm moody. :P

Marabeth - posted on 05/31/2010

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i can't imagine being so unresponsive to my five month old that it would take strangers calling the police to clue me in on his hints of distress.

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It just keeps getting worse doesnt it? I pass my local pub every day when i walk down to school to pick my youngest up. Im amazed by the amount of prams in the beer garden these days, seems a lot of mothers would rather sit outside a pub with their babies than take the poor little mites to the park. When i take my kids to the beach we go to have fun, to build sandcastles and splash in the sea not to ignore them while i get skin cancer and get drunk.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/30/2010

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I agree! they couldn't very well say that she was drunk because she drank 6 lagers, coz that would make her look worse. So I reckon they are saying she drank one and had strange side effects to make it look better for her. Although, I'm not a drinker, so have no idea how many it would take to get me drunk! I reckon she would have had better luck pleading that she had heat stroke and couldn't think straight, or dehydration from the heat, something like that.

Jodi - posted on 05/30/2010

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Bullshit. I saw that article earlier, and really, they expect us to believe that?

*Lisa* - posted on 05/30/2010

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Interesting development :

A UK mother whose baby suffered extreme sunburn after she forgot to cover him up has blamed her negligence on just "one can of lager," The Daily Mail reports.

Anna Baboy's five-month-old son suffered severe burns to 40 percent of his body after she took him to Brighton Beach on one of the hottest days of the year.

Onlookers reported Miss Baboy appeared drunk and that her son's burns had to be pointed out to her.

"I pointed to the blisters that were forming on the boy's leg and was saying "sunburn, sunburn" but she didn't get it," witness Alex Coulson told The Daily Mail.

Miss Baboy's husband, Christopher Wilson has denied claims that she was drunk, instead saying the strong sun had caused her to act erratically.

"She wasn't drunk or boozing it up," he said.

"She had one can of lager and it obviously went to her head."

The couple have since had to plead with social services not to take their son into care.

The case is being investigated by police.

Ava - posted on 05/27/2010

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She SHOULD be charged with neglect. Sunscreen is a MUST, and if you plan on baking in the sun that long, have somebody watch your kid! Take them along for the trip, or leave the child at home, or simply DON'T sunbake until AFTER you CAN have the child watched. My daughter goes and plays in the sun for a few hours but never without protection and ALWAYS with me watching her. If I want to tan, I do it when she isn't around or she's napping and her dad is watching her. Period! Burns to a baby are dangerous!

Charlie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I understand that the weather in England is deceptive but i seriously think this mother was being negligent , she of all people should know her child and what behavior is normal , for complete strangers to notice the baby was in distress FIRST is a clear sign of just how ignorant she was .

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If that child was in enough distress that it attracted the attention of two police officers what the hell was the mother doing? Does she regurlarly just ignore a baby crying in pain? Charge her with neglect stupid woman. I agree about the weather in Britain but i spend a lot of time on beaches in the summer in this country and having raised three kids ive managed to get them to a ripe old age without burning them to bits.

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I have very fair skin and have gotten sunburns without noticing until after it's happened. Sometimes you just don't think to put on sunscreen. And I certainly don't put it on my daughter every time we go outside, unless I know we'll be in the sun for 30 minutes or longer.

BUT...at the beach...while sun bathing....with an INFANT....it should have been common sense to have sunscreen. And if someone reported it, it was most likely very evident that the child was burning. WAKE UP MOM! PAY ATTENTION!

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The weather is deceptive in Britain. Sometimes it feels cold and windy so you don't really feel the sun. That said, there is still no excuse for letting your child burn. If other people could see that the child was distressed, why couldn't the mother? Surely the child would become fussy when hot. I think she needs to be charged. Neglect should be taken more seriously.

Celia - posted on 05/26/2010

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neglect for sure.
Any time I go to the beach or outside my son wears a hat, sunscreen and sits in a shady area.

Sara - posted on 05/26/2010

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How can you not notice that? I would say it is absolutely neglect...common sense would dictate that you shouldn't have an infant in the sun that long. Geez...

Louise - posted on 05/26/2010

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I was horrified when I read this! I know in England it is rarely hot but who in the right mind puts a five month old baby out in the son to bake! She should be prosecuted for neglect and I would take the baby into care. It does not take a genius to work out that you should not leave a baby out in the sun. She must be mentally impaired and in need of help!

ME - posted on 05/26/2010

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This is terrible...and yes, I think it's neglect. We had our first 90 degree day here on Sunday. We always have Sunday dinner with my parents, and it was my bro-in-law to be's birthday, so we were all enjoying a drink out on their deck. It was lovely; but, the two babies were dressed in light weight clothes that covered most of their bodies, they both had sunhats on, and sunscreen, and we STILL only kept them outside for 15-20 minutes at a time because, even if they weren't burning, the temp. was too high for them to stay out long! You have to pay attention to your children if you are a parent...you don't get to do whatever you want!

Dana - posted on 05/26/2010

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She should totally be charged with neglect. Especially if others noticed the baby in distress and she didn't.

Lady - posted on 05/26/2010

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It is totally a British thing, so many Brits have no idea how much damamge the sun can do either that or don't care. I saw the same thing happen at the weekend, a little baby in only a nappy running round the park with no hat on and I'm pretty sure no suncream because they stripped it off when we were there and I never saw them put any on. Also because of the rarity in the good weather so many people think - must run out and get as much sun as possible and go and sit on the beach for hours on end. The mother is a selfish cow and have the child taken off her. It's not rocket science to know that if you take a 5 month old sunbathing they are going to get burnt. Sunbathing is just something you can't do when you have young children but obviously she thought her tan was more important than her child.

Caitlin - posted on 05/26/2010

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Poor kid.. Sunburns are so dangerous for little ones. My daughter has had one or two, but only because I missed a spot while sunscreening her. Most fo the time she's wearing a special shirt as well, because the sunscreen irritates her skin, so I try to keep her clothed to put on as little sunscreen as possible (or course without making her miserable.. That woman shoudl be charged.. and educated on why its so dangerous. Babies get dehydrated quite quickly as well, so this poor baby was probably quite dehydrated too. I can't immagine having that much oversight...

*Lisa* - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think the thing that makes it a bit more serious than just being unaware of the effects of the sun in such a small time, is that it took total strangers to spot that the child was in distress. So the poor kid wasn't just sitting there happily playing, obviously he must have been really upset and she wasn't doing anything about it. They even called the police!!
I would like to hope that she just fell asleep or something because of the nice warm sun though and that this kid is usually very well looked after :)

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think you've got it exactly right Cathy, when we're on the beach, or when we had the paddling pool out on the weekend, we had the kids covered in sun lotion. The walk to and from school, or whatever, although i now put sun lotion everyone, the year before, Cadence went a bit pink because i just didn't think about it.

If you live in a country where it's always sunny, i think you're more aware of the damage that can be done. We all know about it here, we're just less aware as sunshine is such a rarity! :)

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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Ok, now i'm just jealous! lol

What's that saying? "Only mad dogs and English men go out in the midday sun".
I truly think that we're a bit "backwards" about what the sun can do, mainly because we never see the sun!! We get so excited about it, that we forget everything else!

Jodi - posted on 05/26/2010

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LOL Sarah. Do you know that British tourists in Australia are renowned for getting sunburned because they don't seem to realise what the sun here can do? So hearing you say that doesn't actually surprise me :)



I will admit, in the winter here, we often have lovely weather where I live, and I will sit in the sun in the mornings sometimes for 30 minutes or so with a book and a cup of tea with no sunblock on. It helps with the winter blues :)

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010

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Stupid woman! I do wonder if it's because we see the sun so rarely in Britain, that she just didn't stop to think of the damage she was doing. Not that it is any excuse, but i saw SO many sunburnt people and kids over the weekend, i wonder if it's some sort of British mentality about it. I know it took me YEARS to realise that i NEED to wear sunblock at all times in the sun. I think some British people just go a bit loopy about the sun, and ignore the dangers.
As i said, it doesn't justify it, just a general observation about us Brits! :)

Jodi - posted on 05/26/2010

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Absolute neglect in my opinion, and she should be charged. There is no excuse for it.



My son came home from his father's house once, when he was about 5, with really bad bright red sunburn, and I told his father that if he EVER came home like that again, I would have him charged with neglect and I would drag him through court so he could never have anything other than fully supervised access again. Outright child abuse.

Nikki - posted on 05/25/2010

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I took my son to mexico when he was 9 months, it was 30 degrees everyday , he had spf 60 on and i reapplied a million times, he went swimming and played in the sand but was in the shade 90% of the time and had lots of water. Taking your baby to the beach is lots of fun if you do it properly, who in their right mind doesnt understand staying in the sun for long periods is dangerous especially to a baby, I believe thats neglect. If she`s coking under it wtf does she think is happening to her poor child... sooo sad

Joanna - posted on 05/25/2010

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It really depends on the severity of the burns,I wish there was more information, but from the sounds of the article it's severe enough that she was being neglectful, so yes, charge her with neglect!

I mean, my daughter, being a redhead, needs sunscreen reapplied hourly or she burns, and she's had a couple minor sunburns in her 2 years (normally odd shaped burns under her eyes when I'm putting the sunscreen on and am scared to get it to close to them). I mean it happens, but to be out sunbathing yourself, with your young baby, on a super hot day... it just sounds like a mixed case of stupidity/neglect to me.

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They make sunscreen specifically for babies a reason... they also make clothing that are just as good as putting 50SPF sunscreen directly on the skin. There is absolutely NO REASON something like this should EVER happen to ANY child.



I put 50SPF sunscreen on my son EVERY TIME we go outside and there is any likelihood that we'll be in the sun longer than a few minutes. I also carry 50SPF sunscreen in my bag at all times in case I didn't put it on him before we left.



This should never happen to any child. Period.

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