Sunscreen – no no for Owen?

I saw a friend of mine post about putting sun screen on his newborn.
I immediately wanted to post this though to share what I have learned about sunscreen and to maybe bring to new parents attention that its not the safest thing to use on newborns.

We are headed to the beach tomorrow actually… so as we prepare for this trip I will also prepare for ways to protect Owen.

As you all know my children are VERY TAN. My mother is from Panama and has blessed myself and my children with amazing skin that never shows signs of burning. Even Taite who is blonde tans just as well as I do.

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*Photo above of Taite next to my friend Kellys lil boy*

Even though my boys DONT burn… I do want to protect them from the sun… and do use sun screen on them. SPF 50 at least.

If you look at the back of your sun screen bottle you may notice a warning not to use it on a baby 6 months and younger.

I found some information online that helped explain why and wanted to post it here:

” There are two very important reasons for not overusing sunscreen in young babies:

1. Infants and children have what is called a high body surface to volume ratio. What this means is that proportionately babies have more skin for the size body as compared to an adult. Sunscreens are made of chemicals. On the older child and adult, the chemical exposure is relatively minimal because the body surface ratio is smaller than a baby. Therefore, babies get a higher “dose” of sunscreen than do those older. While this exposure would most likely not cause any problems, the likelihood of an adverse reaction is greater.

2. Babies have a mildly impaired mechanism to keep cool by sweating. In addition, they have a greater risk of becoming dehydrated due to heat. Sunscreen can somewhat impair effective cooling by perspiration, so placing too much of it on an infant could be detrimental.

_MG_2514Remember that little ones need extra care in the heat to make sure they do not become dehydrated. How is this done? There are a number of creative ways that you may come up with, but here are a few suggestions:

1. Keep babies under six months of age out of the direct sun.

2. Feed your baby frequently, with breastmilk or formula. The water content in either of these will help keep your baby well hydrated. While a little extra water is okay, one must be careful not to overdo it because babies may actually drink too much of it and suffer from what is called water intoxication which can cause seizures or worse.

3. Use a wide brimmed hat. Most babies will tolerate this with perhaps a little extra distraction at first to help them get used to it.

4. Use light but long clothing. Covering the skin with clothing (while it doesn’t fully protect the skin underneath) is a good way avoid sunlight exposure.

5. Use a canopy as much as possible. When in the stroller, put the canopy up. One couple used to take their portable crib which had mesh sides and turn it upside down on the baby while she napped. This kept the sun as well as the bugs away!

I’m sure your baby and your family love the time together at the lake, but it is very important to keep your little one undercover. Remember, up to 85 percent of the sun’s rays may be reflected off the water or sand, so try to rig up protection to help avoid this indirect yet potent source of burning. Finally, I suggest you try enjoying the shaded areas around the lake during peak sun hours (10am to 4pm) while saving the water time for later in the evening.

Information taken from: HERE

I hope some of this information was informative…

I am going to give away one of those UV Tents I linked to ABOVE over at SIMPLE very soon! So keep an eye out for that.

& If you have put sun screen on your newborn, don’t kick yourself!! I knew nothing about these warnings until my 2nd son was born… I think often times theres LOTS of learning with the 1st baby 🙂 but they manage to survive HAHA.

I just figured this may help spread the word a bit.

Enjoy the summer safely!

NOTE: For those curious about babywearing in the sun… There are UV protective cover ups for baby carriers… or you can attempt on finding a SOLARVEIL ring sling or wrap.

I have a solarveil ring sling from wallababy – got it with Taite… and still have it. I plan to use it this summer with Owen. Heres a photo below of me using it with Taite years ago..

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– My friend Kim has some PINK solarveils available – get them while they are still around!!

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About dreawood

32 Yr old Mom to 4 boys. Married to a former Cop who now Pastors a Evangelical church in SC. Professional Photographer and random blogger @ www.dreawood.com
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3 Responses to Sunscreen – no no for Owen?

  1. Aura says:

    I hope you’ll be able to use a tent at the beach. Owen is very fair so you are smart taking all the precautions. See you soon.

  2. Kim says:

    Hi,
    I sent some of my Solarveil remnants to a gal on Etsy. She made a couple custom hats with straps for our new grandson.
    Her store is named “BrightBlack” http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrightBlack
    She does a really good job on the sewing!
    She currently has a few listings for Solarveil hats. 🙂

    Have a great week!

  3. maggie says:

    you can get sunscreen with no chemicals – just natural ingredients. I looked into it this year for the beach and found Carribean Soil – which is also biodegradable! No one ever thinks about the ecological effect of sunscreen washing off into the ocean/lake/river etc.
    Anyway, it worked great and smelled so nice. I put it on both kids (2 and 4) and they didn’t mind a bit and didn’t get sunburned at all.
    There are several other sunscreens that don’t have chemicals but I don’t know the name of them. This is a great alternative to rubbing chemicals onto your kids!

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