Hooray, the sun has finally got his hat on! You can bet your bottom dollar however, that your toddler does not – 2.5 seconds of hat wearing by a small person in a scorching sun scenario is the record achieved in our family!
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As the weather hots up, parents across the nation reach for the suncream to slather on to their non-hat wearing cherubs, with most reaching for a high factor cream that doesn’t cost the earth. More about those later.
If, like me, you have sensitive skinned bambinos (we’re essentially a family of ghosts whose skin prickles at the mere mention of sunshine, thanks to our combined Irish and ginger heritage), or you have a child who suffers with eczema-prone skin, these creams are not really an option.
We spoke to the lovely people at Childs Farm (they of the renowned baby moisturiser which sells at more than 1 bottle per minute and Aly categorically states works), who have released a new formula suncream, aimed at children who suffer with skin complaints during the warmer weather. It is suitable from 6 months and as with all their products, is dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Its unscented formula comes in spray or roll on and offers long lasting protection using organic filters to block damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Childs Farm consultant dermatologist Dr Jennifer Crawley believes a re-education is needed when it comes to sun protection, especially where sensitive skin is concerned. When talking about sun protection, it’s not just about slapping on the suncream on your annual trip to the Algarve – it applies to all UV light, so that means you need to cream ‘em up here in the UK too.
Young skin is much thinner than an adults, making it far more susceptible to damage. Add to this the issues of eczema or sensitivity and you’re likely to feel nervous about letting them out in the sunshine. But fear not, just follow some basic rules on sun safety and everyone can enjoy their time outside.
Here are Dr Crawley’s ‘golden rules’ for sun safety:
-Make sure the sun protection you use is suitable for eczema-prone or sensitive skin, if your child suffers with these conditions
-Use a high factor SPF 50+ suncream with broad spectrum against UVA and UVB rays
-Use an adequate amount – Dr Crawley recommends at least two teaspoons for the head and neck area and two tablespoons for the body. You can’t apply too much, so use it liberally!
-On really hot days (and when abroad) keep your little ones in the shade between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its hottest
-Cover any exposed skin with suncream, even on cloudy days
-Re-apply your child’s sunscream numerous times throughout the day, especially after swimming (definitely more than twice a day)
-Pay particular attention to often forgotten areas such as the shoulders, back of the neck and behind the ears
-Where possible, cover up your little ones with a hat (seriously, this is never possible, even with a chin strap!!), loose fitting clothing and sunglasses
-Always keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight
We also spoke to you guys about what suncreams you use and would recommend! So visit here for the top recommendation for suncream for sensitive skin.