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Lostinaseaofbubbles Wed 17-May-17 20:11:53

Lady working in boots told me it was not safe to put adult sun lotion on a young child (2), would I be being unreasonable to ignore her?

She couldn't tell me why? Anyone know why you're not meant to?

DT1 (very nearly 2) is coming out in a rash from every kids sun lotion I've tried on him (6 so far), but he ended up with some adult stuff one day when we were out with friends and caught out by unexpected sun and he didn't react to it.

Would it be unreasonable to buy him non-kids sun lotion?

wickerlampshade Wed 17-May-17 20:14:06

Bollocks. As is the notion that sun cream expires. I use whatever old cream I have in the cupboard on the kids.

sm40 Wed 17-May-17 20:17:46

I put on whatever is at hand. Kids stuff generally easier as usually thick cream and can see where it is going. Kids stuff generally better with water protection etc but surely spf is spf? In oz they have a big pot of generic stuff by the back door that covers everyone. I think it's all a marketing ploy so you have to buy more. If it worked and no rash, I wouldn't stress.

dementedpixie Wed 17-May-17 20:18:25

I use adult stuff on my 2 as well although they are a bit older than yours

dementedpixie Wed 17-May-17 20:19:44

Some with alcohol in do say not to use on children

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-May-17 20:21:12


Adult sunscreens may use different chemicals, or higher concentrations of chemicals that might cause a reaction in children's skin. Generally kids sunscreens contain less "harsh" ingredients.

As is the notion that sun cream expires. I use whatever old cream I have in the cupboard on the kids

Actually it does.

Lostinaseaofbubbles Wed 17-May-17 20:31:53

Okay, so the reason is that the kids ones tend to cause fewer rashes?

And alcohol (which is what was in my friend's spray on one which he was fine with) is generally advised against.

I need to find something or the poor kid is going to yoyo between being kept inside, and living on piriton all summer...

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-May-17 20:32:36

Have you tried Sunsense OP?

alabasterangel Wed 17-May-17 20:41:29

My DC and I are both reactive to sunscreen ingredients.

I've been through all sorts and now use p20 on my DC. They're a bit older though (6 and 8) but it's a revelation. I use the spf50 version, put it on once a day, job done. No rashes or reactions. I use the Aldi own brand version of the P20 on me.

Banana boat kids aerosol spray is my other 'go to'. SPF50 and so easy to use. Spray into the hand to rub on the face but elsewhere spray directly. Again, no reaction as it's not thick and oily and pore blocking.

I'm hugely allergic myself to something in sunscreens and the only ones I can tolerate are oil free ones too. Boots soltan sends my skin to places which aren't nice. P20 and ultrasun are the only ones I'm safe with.

BikeRunSki Wed 17-May-17 20:44:21

The dc's nursery used Tesco sunscreen as they found, over the years, that it caused the least reactions.

harderandharder2breathe Wed 17-May-17 20:55:23

If he's reacting to kids suncream but not adults then use adults. Any slightly higher risk (if there is one) is still better than getting sunburned, especially while he's so little and still better than having an allergic reaction.

specialsubject Wed 17-May-17 20:57:17

Sunscreen kept cool does not expire. Repeated tests at high UV confirm. I.e I used it and didn't burn, and without it I do.

Lostinaseaofbubbles Wed 17-May-17 21:05:01

Alabaster - DS1 (4) reacted last year and I tried all sorts and ended up with the banana boat aerosol. Thought it was amazing, used it on all 3 kids.

This year I can't even use that on DT1 even though it's fine on DS1 and DT2.

I've tried all the ones I tried on DS1 last year and some others. Not tried sunsense yet. Or aveeno. (They're so expensive I'm reluctant to buy them to just try when they might just go in the cupboard with the others).

Lostinaseaofbubbles Wed 17-May-17 21:06:23

The adult one was a Boots soltan alcohol spray one...

dementedpixie Wed 17-May-17 21:09:08

Some of them specify not for use on children but if they don't then i would use it if they are not reacting to it.

GottonamechangeNow17 Wed 17-May-17 21:09:42

My friends ds gets his sunscreen prescribed by dr! He has highly sensitive skin and So gets a special (expensive!!) one on prescription! Worth a shot for you? X

dementedpixie Wed 17-May-17 21:10:08

We use aldi and other own make stuff that had 5 star uva protection.

lalalalyra Wed 17-May-17 21:11:38

@lostinaseaofbubbles Have you thought about asking the companies for a small sample?

I was recommended to do that with DD2. About seven or eight companies happily sent small samples which allowed me to patch test on her and work out which one was ok.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-May-17 21:11:45

Sunscreen kept cool does not expire. Repeated tests at high UV confirm. I.e I used it and didn't burn, and without it I do

I hate to be argumentative but it really does. It doesn't suddenly lose all effectiveness the day after the expiration date, but it is only guaranteed at the marked SPF within the expiry date, and they will gradually break down. While it may not yet be letting through enough UV rays to burn you, it may well be letting through more than you imagine, and remember cancers occur through cumulative exposure, just because you don't burn doesn't you are "safe"

FunkinEll Wed 17-May-17 21:12:06

I've come to recommend ultrasun family (aka anyone can use it). It's brilliant and you only have to apply it once a day which makes up for the hefty price. Honestly it is brilliant and going from reviews most people think so too.

FunkinEll Wed 17-May-17 21:14:30

Sample size here from M&S if you don't want to fork out on a big bottle yet.

Notalotterywinner Wed 17-May-17 21:15:11

I will use the children's one for me from now on.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-May-17 21:15:27

It's brilliant and you only have to apply it once a day which makes up for the hefty price

It is brilliant, I agree. However it is not once a day, and it is not marked as such. Sunscreens are quite rightly not allowed to be marked as once a day in Australia, as this is not possible.

FunkinEll Wed 17-May-17 21:26:08

Ultrasun is Swiss I thought. The instructions say 7hrs for fair skin in normal sun.

JsOtherHalf Wed 17-May-17 21:34:15

Ultrasun smile
DS is ginger, ( with eczema) and this is brilliant on him.

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