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2-year-old son has suncream allergy

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Avonbabies Tue 23-Apr-13 14:09:51

Hi, my 2 year old has a nasty allergry to suncream. I've tried 3 brands so far: nivea for kids, L'oreal for kids and now sudacrem which I thought was extra sensitive. His whole face goes very red and swollen and itchy. He's on anti-histamines. This happened last year too. I've seen that Roche-Posay is supposed to be good and also Sunsense, either the toddler milk or sensitive. Does anyone have any advice? My GP thinks it's either slapped cheek syndrome or sun sensitivity. He thinks you can't be allergic to hypoallergenic cream and hasn't offered any advice re. what to do next. I'm 100% sure it's not slapped cheek. This is the first time this year he's come out in such a rash and it's on the day I used the sudocrem. Thanks!

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 18-Jun-13 21:25:50

I have problems with particularly higher factor creams I get kind of a heat rash from them, its like my skin can't breathe under the barrier.

I can't put creams on when I'm already hot either, instant rash.

I am an eczema sufferer.

I don't know if this is a fact but for years now I've stopped testing things on my inner wrists, I think it was something about the skin is different on your inner wrists. I now test on the upper area of my arm.

You could email companies for samples - it can work sometimes.

Good luck .

Mamab33 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:12:55

Lavera sunscreens get great reviews for this sort of thing. Easy to get online.

Sambeth Fri 07-Jun-13 10:37:50

Also I understood slapped cheek was Parvo Virus (easy to pick up from vaccinated dogs). Only the complementary lot have any solutions for this. I would see if you can get him to tolerate the sun in small amounts and investigate the slapped cheek if the red face is still there when there is no suncream.

Sambeth Fri 07-Jun-13 10:32:40

Have you tried Sunsafe (you can get it from the Nutri Centre by phone)? Also Homeopathy can help - my kids take it instead of suncream - although they also cover up a fair amount. A quick burst of sun then T shirts and hats. You can give them a bit more sun each day and they will get lots of Vit D!!

Avonbabies Sat 27-Apr-13 23:45:47

I've done a patch test today with la Roche-Posay on my son's wrist. So far so good. Next will try a very small area on his face.

MousyMouse Fri 26-Apr-13 23:59:53

dc reacts to many sun creams.
for us it seems that moisturising creams and the ones with extra high factor are the worst.
nivea light feeling cream (light blue bottle) factor 30 worked well so far.

geologygirl Fri 26-Apr-13 23:54:48

I suffer with allergies to suncream and have had polymorphic light eruptions too. Your little one could have a allergy to the cream or could just be getting to hot....thus is worsened by the layer of suncream so its a tricky one to handle! Whenever I go somewhere very hot for a holiday, I have to start taking antihistamines several days before I go, to prevent the reaction. Bepanthen actually do a good cream...cant recall what factor it us but its for babies

Avonbabies Fri 26-Apr-13 23:38:40

Thanks everyone. I think I will push for a dermotologist appointment. Our GP has said he can't prescribe a suncream because of budget cuts.

Do you think it's OK to do 2 patch tests at once i.e. one product on one wrist and one on the other? Once I've established which product is ok on the wrist I'll try his face. I imagine it might be a slow process and that we'll have to try a few!

My 2 year old is allergic to octocrylene. It's found I practically every kids sunscreen as it also acts as a water proofing agent. Two that I have found to be ok are liz Earle and green people. Fortunately we live in Scotland where it is currently snowing!

If you are sure it's th sunscreen push for a dermatology referral. Ds had his done at the beginning of the year and was no bother at all, apart from the 3 appointment sin 5 days. And we now know exactly what to avoid.

eragon Fri 26-Apr-13 16:48:32

we tried ROC sensitive, for our son when he was young and it worked quite well.

once he was about 7ish he could have kids soltan sensitive.

fourqueens Fri 26-Apr-13 10:29:05

The solution for us was The Sun Mousse. It solved all apparent sun/skin allergy problems. So nice we still use it now, years later.

bruffin Fri 26-Apr-13 10:19:53

Aveeno do a sun cream, although agree with Crunchyfrong that it's sometimes difficult to work out what is the problem ie whether its the cream or the sun itself.
I get polymorphic light eruption in spring and its difficult to work out if the suncreams make it worse or not.

nobodysfool Wed 24-Apr-13 21:26:49

My son has reacted to every cream we have tried but we found Green peoples suncream (we use the adult on on him) and he doesnt get a rash or any redness. So happy we have finally found one that doesnt cause prickly heat rash thought I would share.

freefrommum Wed 24-Apr-13 11:15:18

It's trial and error with things like suncream unfortunately. We find Sunsense Sensitive factor 50 ok so far but sometimes DS is fine with a particular suncream for a while then suddenly starts reacting to it.

CrunchyFrog Wed 24-Apr-13 09:54:18

I thought DS1 was for years, but it turned out to be solar urticaria.

Suncream makes it worse though.

Never found one that doesn't.

Avonbabies Tue 23-Apr-13 22:51:05

Thanks, All! I've checked sudocrem and it doesn't contain zinc, so it must be something else. I've ordered some Roche-Posay and Green People. Failing that I'm going to try Sunsense and continue from there. Spoken to my doc and he now agrees it's likely to be the suncream. (I have an allergy to some sun creams and my skin is photosensitive.)

magimedi Tue 23-Apr-13 15:39:17

Piz Buin allergy suncream, factor 30 is the only one I am not allergic to.

Any waterproof suncream can give you heatrash/prickly heat as it blocks the pores.

spiderlight Tue 23-Apr-13 15:36:40

Mine was like this with everything except Sunsense toddler milk.

Thisisanoutrage Tue 23-Apr-13 15:34:43

Is there a suncream that isn't water resistant? i always wonder if that's why I get a rash, because my skin can't breath. I'm always allergic to suncream but not moisturiser with SPF.

OldBeanbagz Tue 23-Apr-13 15:16:06

If it is zinc then watch out for old fashioned fabric plasters too!

Avonbabies Tue 23-Apr-13 15:09:38

Wow! Thanks everyone for your responses! I'll give Green People and some of the other creams you mention a go. Spot tests this time! He looks really poorly with it. I'll check to see what common ingredients are in the Nivea and sudocrem - would be interesting if it was zinc.

OldBeanbagz Tue 23-Apr-13 14:52:46

Forgot to say it's probably listed as zinc oxide.

forevergreek Tue 23-Apr-13 14:52:45

The green people do a nice one

MyHusbandRoy Tue 23-Apr-13 14:52:26

My DTs react to suncream and we spent a fortune trying out many different brands.

We ended up using cheap Tesco own brand cream (was in a green spray bottle last year) and it was the only one they didnt react to and was cheap too!

I used to get quite embarrassed by their reaction because it used to look like they were badly sunburnt and I thought people would be judging me for it blush

OldBeanbagz Tue 23-Apr-13 14:51:43

Maybe he's allergic to zinc?

I am and i know that it's in Sudacrem and Nivea for kids. Check the ingredients list on the other bottles you have.

I now use Clinique as does my 11yo DD as she had a reaction to the kids Nivea recently. It's expensive but it works for us.

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