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Mom Warns Parents After Baby Gets 2nd-Degree Burns From Baby Sunscreen

“As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, she was bright red, there were blisters starting to pop up.”

The concerned mother took the toddler to the doctor where they identified her skin to be suffering from second degree burns, also known as chemical burns. Many parents do not realize you can get a chemical burn from sunscreen.

“I would have never in a million years imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen,” wrote Rebecca.

baby sunscreenRebecca Cannon

Rebecca’s doctor said that the 2nd degree burns could have been caused by a severe allergic reaction. Similar cases have been reported in some babies.

The solution is not to give up using baby sunscreen altogether, because sunburned skin and cancerous spots are obviously not what we want for our children either.

Experts recommend doing some research before purchasing sunscreen for your family. The Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” sunscreen guide is an excellent place to start. They have lists of the best and worst scoring sunscreens for kids, as well as a plethora of tips and tricks for keeping your family safe in the sun.

An informative article from MotherJones.com lists the best and worst sunscreens, as reported by the Environmental Working Group. The EWG rates sunscreens on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst:

The Best Beach and Sport sunscreens for kids

The Best Sunscreens for Kids

The Worst Sunscreens for Kids

On the 1 to 10 scale, the below products scored a 7 or higher (with 10 being the worst) because they made high SPF claims or had higher amounts of the additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100**
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, Wacky Foam, and Sunscreen lotion, SPF 55
  • CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen and Spray, SPF 55
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray and Stick products, SPF 70
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

**This was the only product that got a 10.

In addition to doing your research, experts suggest doing the “spot test” on your kids. This shouldn’t be a last-minute experiment as you’re running out the door to the beach. Do it after school or in the evening, by simply dabbing the baby sunscreen onto a small area of your child’s skin and watching to see if they have an allergic reaction.

Remember, we know the sun will burn you. The test is to make sure that the baby sunscreen won’t.

When it all comes down to it, the summer sun is hard to avoid. Prepare yourself and your family now for the long days ahead.

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Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri is an outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure. She lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese in between capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras.

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