Sensitive Children and Sunscreen – more…

The Environmental Working Group has come out with it’s recommendations.  Click here to check their evaluated list of sunscreens.

Also check this link to read about a few more don’ts for sunscreen.

Each year my older, very fair skinned and super sensitive daughter and I do a variety of patch tests on each of our forearms and check the results.  This year, Badger did not give her a rash (me? – big rash) and ranked highly on the EWG’s list.  Sounds great, right?

Well, since she is super sensitive, she hates the feel of the sunscreen on her skin.  She hates the scent (unscented) and she hates the lumps.  I must say, I can’t really blame her.  I also eschew sunscreen and, full disclosure, avoid it as often as I can.

I wrote a couple of years ago about things I’ve tried to get the sunscreen onto her skin with no screaming (herself and myself) and in a decent amount of time.  (You can read that post by scrolling down.) Well, a few of them work now that she’s 7.  We have reason and understanding consequences on our side now.  Still, though, while the other kid slathers on any old sunscreen without rash or squirm, the elder kid, has a hard time indeed.

So, dear readers, if you have any suggestions at all, please do leave a comment.

Here’s to a safe and skin-happy summer!

Published by kimcallaghannd

naturopathic doctor, children's health advocate, foodie, mom

One thought on “Sensitive Children and Sunscreen – more…

  1. I gotta admit, I’m 2% scared of sunscreen. What do you think of coconut oil as an alternative (see link below)? My sense is this can be effective for kids like mine, who aren’t fair skinned (once they have a base tan) but maybe not for those who are?

    http://www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com/blog/?p=981

    p.s. in the interests of full disclosure, coconut oil is my latest obsession – I use it as a moisturizer for my skin.

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