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Sunscreen and daycare

So, I know that each individual child needs to bring his/her own sunscreen to daycare. That makes sense. But, is there a reason why you're supposed to wait until they are 6 months old? Is it because of skin sensitivity? I was just curious about the reasons and I'm hoping to hear about others' experiences. Sorry if this has been asked before!
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Re: Sunscreen and daycare

  • I think it's becuase of the chemicals in sunscreen along with skin sensitivties.  The sunblocks with zinc oxide and other physical (not chemical) barriers are better and safer for kids.
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  • It has to do with their skin being thin.
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    your skin absorbs anything that is put on it. There are chemicals in sun screen, even baby sunscreen.  Most Dr.'s will recommend waiting until 6 months. When they are bigger and can handle the absorption better but it can be toxic for a small baby.     
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  • Our pedi said it's fine in small doses after 3 months but they don't say it on the bottles b/c they don't want people to slather up babies and sit them in the sun everyday.  Once in a while is fine though - better than getting burnt.  And you'll want to go for a sunblock not screen (block will have zinc in it usually - some recommended brands are Blue Lizard and California Baby)

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  • image EMO-mamma:
    Our pedi said it's fine in small doses after 3 months but they don't say it on the bottles b/c they don't want people to slather up babies and sit them in the sun everyday.  Once in a while is fine though - better than getting burnt.  And you'll want to go for a sunblock not screen (block will have zinc in it usually - some recommended brands are Blue Lizard and California Baby)

    This is my personal philosophy on it.  Shade is best but sunblock will ALWAYS be better than a burn if there's a situation where you know there will sun exposure you can't avoid. 

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  • Most sunscreens are not recommended for babies under 6 months, even right on the labels.
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  • please, please, please do not use a chemical barrier on anyone! its so bad for you! If you use a physical barrier you can use them right away. 

     

    http://www.antioxidants-for-health-and-longevity.com/sunscreen-ingredients.html ;

  • I'm sure your pedi can give their reasoning, but ours said absolutely no direct sun exposure until 6 months of age. If they are going to need sunscreen then that is a red flag. At LO's day care they have a huge tent over the infant swings and the kids in the 6weeks-6months room go out there for the swings & they will bring them out in their bouncers. 
  • Thanks ladies! I figured it had to do w/skin and sensitivity. I'm not too worried, because we live in an area where it doesn't get that hot until later on, and he won't be in direct sunlight anyway.  
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