Jump to content

Sunscreen and sunburn


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 2littledarlings

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

Our DS starts school soon and I am feeling really worried about him getting sunburnt at lunch time.  

I keep seeing the ad for the 50+ banana boat sunscreen on my side bar and am wondering does that give him 50 x his natural sun protection?  So for example if he burns in 15 minutes without suncream does 50+ mean he has 50x 15 mins?

Does school help the kids reapply? Will of course send him to school with it on already, which will cover recess but want last until lunch.

What do people do?

thanks original.gif



#2 mini mac

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

Not sure about every school but I vaguely recall a teacher friend saying a few years back they weren't allowed to apply sunscreen on a child but they could encourage them to do it themselves.

#3 albo

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

My DS is hopeless with sunscreen (at 8 years old), hates me putting it on him, wont reapply himself, but in three years of school he has never been burnt in the playground. I think with compulsory hats and quite a bit of shaded areas he is not exposed to much direct sun during the lunch break - probably no more than 10 or 15 minutes. I wouldn't start worrying until he actually gets burnt at school, it is pretty unlikely, so don't waste your energy on a problem that doesn't exist yet!

#4 ellebelle

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

Same as Albo here - DS has two breaks at 11am and 1pm for about 30 minutes. He has tanned where his arms and legs are exposed but has not come home with a dose of sunburn.

#5 Lil Chickens

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

^^^ To quote the ad "tanning is skin cells in trauma".

I would be concerned about tanning.

#6 KnightsofNi

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

I have bought DD a roll on sunscreen and taught her how to apply it herself. I am going to leave the sunscreen in her school bag and told her to put it on when she is going to play outside.

She is very good at getting all her parts and really likes putting it on.

I got the tip of keeping some in her school bag from EB. Thanks whoever it was.

#7 CharliMarley

Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

I think most schools have a sunblock table and the kids are encouraged to put it on themselves, when going outside. The uniform with the hat for outside should stop any sunburn and as the pp's said, there is plenty of shade nowadays.

#8 FeralFoom

Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

My non-expert gut feel is that if you are concerned about burning, then you need to teach your son to re-apply sunscreen before lunch. Even with a 50+ I would have thought it would need to be re-applied before lunch to be sure. Have a look at at bottle in the shop - does it say re-apply after 2 hours?

From what I have read going from a 30+ to a 50+ sunscreen does not give you a huge amount of more coverage. I think at 30+ it is already blocking out more than 90% of UVB rays. So the increased protection is on UVB rays is going to be minimal. (I just did a quick google - if the news coverage on the ABC is correct 30+ filters 96.7% and 50+ is 98% filtering.)

My guess is that a new application of SPF 30+ would give better coverage than SPF 50+ done potentially 4 hours before.

What do I do - well right now I'm teaching my son to do it himself and my son's Kindy helps them re-apply sunscreen. I hope that by the time he is at school he will be able to re-apply it himself.

#9 mummy2amelia

Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

I put a little roll-on inside her lunch box.  So when she finishes her lunch (inside) it is right there to remind her.  She is good at putting sunscreen on though.  

You could wrap his lunch, then wrap the sunscreen to it with a big note saying ‘put this on or else!! ’. wink.gif

Edited to add: You had better specify to put the sunscreen on.  I have a son who would wear the sandwich on his head.


Edited by mummy2amelia, 25 January 2013 - 04:13 PM.


#10 sparassidae

Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Honestly we have been at many different schools and they have never even allowed time for suncream, let alone supervised or encouraged it's use. I tried sending a roll on when our first child started, but there just isn't time to put it on (remembering it needs to go on 15 minutes before to be effective).

And in 8 years of school so far our "burn in 5 minutes" children have never had a burn at school (or tanning, our skin type doesn't tan anyway)

#11 2littledarlings

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for all the replies, I feel much better hearing your kids have not burnt at school! I have a roll on and a tube on a keying thing to clip to his bag, but I don't think he will put it on without someone standing there getting him to do it.

I will cover him in the morning and with his hat and the shade over the playground, hope for the best!

It's a bit silly really, they should have a 5 min break 15 before lunch to all put some on!

#12 Percoriel

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Wide brimmed hats and lots of shade plus sunscreen applied at home before school has always worked for my fair skinned daughter. Never been sunburnt at school.

#13 Soontobegran

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

This is a long time ago for me but even 10 years ago our school had a strict sun smart policy. Children were not allowed out to play unless they had a hat on and sunscreen.
The children had their own sunscreen in their bags and they were all given time to put it on before they went out. Even at age 5 they should be able to manage this but the teachers did help children who had some trouble.
The office had a table outside it with a huge pump pack of sunscreen for those children who had lost/misplaced their own tube. This was supplied by the school. The sunscreen and spare hats also went on all sports days, excursions and camps.
OP I would be checking their Sun smart policy and if it lacking then I would get myself onto the PCA and try to make some changes.
Our kids never got burnt at school in thirteen years.

#14 HarperLeeAndMe

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

We put sunscreen on before school they have to wear a hat when outside, in 7 years of school my 3 fair kids have not been burnt.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.