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Whirliwig72 Fri 17-Aug-12 21:57:54

...when in the mum of two small children with fair skin. My weather ap is showing temps in the mid 30's for tomorrow and we have been invited to a birthday party mid afternoon. Rather than relishing it you can bet I'll be the parent making her children come back into the house while the other less milky blue skinned kids frolic about happily in the paddling pool.
Even with factor 50 and hats on I'm not comfortable with them being out in such extreme heat and am thinking if not going.

Am I being an unreasonable kill joy?

JumpingThroughHoops Fri 17-Aug-12 21:58:43

Yes you are.

paddling pool, cheap tee shirt. job done.

Whirliwig72 Fri 17-Aug-12 21:58:45

When I'm (sorry!)

Dawndonna Fri 17-Aug-12 22:00:04

Not at all, you're being sensible. Why let them get burnt, it would ruin the enjoyment of the party.
Maybe, just maybe, somebody will have put a gazebo over the pool and it will be shaded.

Noqontrol Fri 17-Aug-12 22:00:41

Why don't you get some sun suits. And that horrible thick pasty waterproof sunscreen? And a hat? Works a treat. My dc are very pale too.

CrikeyOHare Fri 17-Aug-12 22:01:34

Well, I'm the same - freckly with very, very pale skin, and I hate hot weather.

But 30 isn't actually "extreme" - just extreme for us who are more used to grey drizzle.

I spent a summer in Kuwait, once. Now that was extreme. I left a tape on the car dashboard and it melted in about 10mins!

Lots of water, hats & suncream and your DCs will be perfectly fine.

JumpingThroughHoops Fri 17-Aug-12 22:02:24

Stick a t-shirt on them, hat and carry a change of clothes.

IwishIwasinLondon Fri 17-Aug-12 22:02:42

Just because it's hot doesn't necessarily mean the UV index will be high.

It's been 23 degrees here today but pissing it down raining for a lot of the day.

Waterproof factor 50, rash vests, long Bathers and sunhats should do the job.

Have fun!

Itsjustafleshwound Fri 17-Aug-12 22:03:28

But gazebos are false economy ... Make sure they drink lots of fluid, have hats and sunglasses and reapply the sun screen ....

GoingforGoingforGOLD Fri 17-Aug-12 22:04:58

Children Melt in Sun Shocker

Whirliwig72 Fri 17-Aug-12 22:05:03

I think sun suits are a fab idea - but it's more than getting burnt I worry about. Ds2 is not even a year old yet isn't he at high risk for heat stroke even for relatively short periods exposed to that high a temperature? I know I'm probably being way too anxious but if either of them ever got seriously hurt 'under my watch' because i had failed to protect then I don't think I'd ever forgive myself sad

oddslippers Fri 17-Aug-12 22:05:05

UV suits the way forward and hat and suncream they will be fine we've just got back from Spain with temps in the high 30's spent all day in the sun/pool no sun burn to be seen. you can still burn through a normal t shirt so if you do that make sure you put sunscreen underneath

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Fri 17-Aug-12 22:05:12

Slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on sunscreen, or something to that effect! (I am not Australian, but I heard this when I was there some time ago!)

Slip, Slop, Slap!

oddslippers Fri 17-Aug-12 22:05:37

And plenty to drink

TequilaMockinBird Fri 17-Aug-12 22:07:51

30 isn't extreme really. We were in Egypt 2 years ago and it was 56 shock

As others have said, sunblock, a cheap Tshirt for the pool and a hat. They'll be fine.

IwishIwasinLondon Fri 17-Aug-12 22:10:41

Protect them from the sun as much as you can - plenty of ideas already given

Encourage them to drink plenty - can also include lollies!


Shelly32 Fri 17-Aug-12 22:12:01

Sunsuits are brilliant. My kids are mixed. I'm mixed and their Dad is Finnish (blonde and fair skinned). You'd think they'd be a little protected with some of my genes but I'm still wary of the sun's rays when it comes to my cubs! You can't go wrong by protecting them but you can by not. Cover them in sunscreen/T shirts or sunsuits and let them enjoy themselves outside! smile

Noqontrol Fri 17-Aug-12 22:13:46

Well, just cover ds in sun cream, hat, sun suit, plenty of fluids, and retreat to the shade with him whenever you can. Have you a buggy with a decent sunshade on it? Presumably he'll want a nap anyway?

HumphreyCobbler Fri 17-Aug-12 22:15:07

30 is not that hot. My children would never wear a hat in this country (they happily did so when it was really hot in other countries)

You do sound really over anxious. I am sympathetic as I suffer from this in other areas, but I do try to reign it in so that I can get on with my life.

Put a hat on them, a long sleeved pale shirt and some sun screen and they will be FINE.

t0lk13n Fri 17-Aug-12 22:18:59

It has tipped down with rain here all day and will thankful for sunshine...plenty of sunscreen, hats and tshirts.

RubyFakeNails Fri 17-Aug-12 22:19:12


30 really isn't anything to worry about. It can be 30 and grey here.

Keep them hydrated.


Put a top on them.

We go to Jamaica every year where it's like a sauna. Follow what has been said on here. They will not get heat stroke.

Morloth Fri 17-Aug-12 22:23:04

Lol, 30 isn't that hot.

Sunsuit, hat, Sunscreen and lots of drinks.

When it gets to 42 we can talk about hot.

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 17-Aug-12 22:29:53

Don't worry so much, sun hats, sunscreen and lots of Ice lollies they'll have a great time, don't forget to re apply the sunscreen after they get out of the water.

Napdamnyou Fri 17-Aug-12 23:45:40

I live in the tropics and there are many people with fair, small children here.
We all put hats on our children, always, they wear UV suits when swimming and 50 sunscreen, they drink lots of water and swim a lot. Babies go under sunshades in pushchairs and are dressed in cotton vests and sometimes leggings or with Muslins draped over them. Shade is sought where possible but really, it's the humidity that is the killer. We don't go out much between 11-3 but that's what nap times and play dates are for.

PenisVanLesbian Fri 17-Aug-12 23:48:06

Whoever said it was 56 deg in Egypt.....I think you might be wrong there. Hottest temp ever recorded in egypt was 50 deg and the hottest temp ever recorded on earth is 57 and that was in 1922 in a desert in Somalia.

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