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To think I am the worst mother ever ...please come judge me

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KIMItheThreadSlayer Tue 18-Aug-09 17:56:50

and feel free to throw rotten fruit and veg.

Despite coating DS2 (age 8) in factor 50 sun block, and getting him to put on a T-shirt after swimming he now has a very red back sad I have now coated him in after sun and he says it is not hurting but I feel so guilty.

Sun block is in date, water proof, we were only out 4 hours and we are in Cornwall not Jamaica, and I did re-apply it.

Sits in stocks waiting for tomatoes

StinkyFart Tue 18-Aug-09 17:59:30

An easy mistake to make

LadyOfWaffle Tue 18-Aug-09 17:59:56

Not alot nore you can do really... bar maybe get a more resilient sun cream.

dailymailIsPerfectAsaPoopScoop Tue 18-Aug-09 18:00:01

No tomatoes from me. I was thinking of posting the same but thought twice because i have seen how these threads pan out.

Worlds Bravest Mother I would say - for admitting it grin

HeadFairy Tue 18-Aug-09 18:00:51

I don't think I'll be chucking any tomatoes... what else can you do? Keep him indoors? You did everything you're supposed to do.

grumblinalong Tue 18-Aug-09 18:01:00

Nope - happened to me last week too. Must be the cornwall sun. Poor ginger DS1(6) has a big red swipe mark where I've obviously not been thorough enough and missed a bit. Both DS's have tan necks too - their long hair makes it hard to rub in cream is my excuse. My mum was not impressed by my mothering skills blush

KIMItheThreadSlayer Tue 18-Aug-09 18:02:08

You are too kind,
I also made sure we sat in the shade of some rocks, I thought I did every thing right, but no I still have a red boy sad

Greensleeves Tue 18-Aug-09 18:02:47

no tomatoes here

you did what you could!

I suppose you will have to buy a stronger --rip-off-- suncream

or make him swim in a T-shirt, or one of those lycra all-in-one things

I burn far too easily too

sillysalley Tue 18-Aug-09 18:04:31

When buying sun cream always look at the star rating on the back as well as the factor - boots soltan is good and is always a 5 star rating compared with e.g. nivea which is the same factor (50) but only a 4 star rating.

No totatoes from me either

sillysalley Tue 18-Aug-09 18:05:16

tomatoes blush - what a silly salley I am

Ripeberry Tue 18-Aug-09 18:05:20

It happens to us all. Just got to be carefull with rocks as the sun bounces up and still tans you when you are in the shade.
In the shade on grass is the best, but Cornwall is not for that is it?
Hope the red fades fast, just apply lots of after-sun to help it heal.

Ripeberry Tue 18-Aug-09 18:06:40

Also, get a sunsuit they are brilliant! smile

Supercherry Tue 18-Aug-09 18:08:32

Not your fault, what sunblock did you use, name and shame it I say.

I always use Asda's own brand factor 50 for kids, it's 5 star too and about £10 cheaper than Nivea and other branded ones.

dailymailIsPerfectAsaPoopScoop Tue 18-Aug-09 18:09:27

I know that my DC getting red was my comeuppance for judging today whilst I sat on the beach.

A family came along, put up a tenty thing. They had 2 DC about 5 and 7 years old. Both wore those head to foot anti-sun outfits, both had large hat on and even bigger sunglasses. No skin was left uncovered. They were placed inside the tent thingy to play. Digging in the sand by poking covered arm out of tenty thing.

And boy did I judge. I said to my friend about how ludicrous it was to go to such an extreme. Poor children must have been boiling hot inside there. I thought and said that a bit of high factor cream and a play in the sun before covering up would not have done any harm as we were doing.

And lo, we get home with all 5 of our DC plus ourselves rather red. blush

Supercherry Tue 18-Aug-09 18:09:42

Eating tomatoes is supposed to help with sunburn.

PinkTulips Tue 18-Aug-09 18:17:49

aloe vera if you have it is great.

no rotten veg from my camp, poor ds1 got badly burned on the face once as a baby sad

happens far too easily unfortunately.

tesco sensitive sun lotion is the best we've come across for his pasty skin.

KIMItheThreadSlayer Tue 18-Aug-09 18:21:07

I thought the sun block had been doing great, even DP has been using it and he is a red head.

Don't know how I fucked up came to let DS2 burn today sad

WreckOfTheHesperus Tue 18-Aug-09 18:40:12

Let those in greenhouses not throw the first tomato; DD has gone bright red twice this summer, in spite of hats and sun tan cream. shock Felt like I'd let her down terribly....think I was just not applying it often enough... sad

nickschick Tue 18-Aug-09 18:44:11

it happened to me too 2 ds and dh got sunburnt knees despite being covered in suncream-from the open webasto sunroof!!

Morloth Tue 18-Aug-09 18:46:44

It happens, you did your best one sunburn isn't going to make any difference.

MummyDragon Tue 18-Aug-09 18:49:02

KIMI - you didn't fuck up. Sometimes these things happen. You applied suncream, kept him in the shade, etc etc - you did all you could. If DS says it isn't hurting, it probably isn't, and by tomorrow morning the redness will probably have gone away.

For the future, Boots Soltan Once is very good - apply it 2 or 3 times a day (more if swimming). None of us has burned since switching to this brand smile

treedelivery Tue 18-Aug-09 18:54:21

Its so hard isn't it.

We have thrown the sunblock towel in and now she wears a long sleeve surfer rashie. Factor 50 and no sticky mess. She uses it to play out in too.

this sort of thing

They are the biz, but can feel cold if they are wet. The real good quality ones dry in quick time.

prettybird Tue 18-Aug-09 18:54:49

IMHO Ultrasun is the best: a single application one like Boots' SOltan Once, but I think better.

I bought some Once last year when John Lewis didn't have any Ultrasun in sotck and I couldn't be sure of getting the Ultrasun at the airport. Whenever I used the Once, I got burnt - but didn't have a problem with the Ultrasun.

kando Tue 18-Aug-09 19:01:11

Also Proderm mousse is very good - one application lasts for 6 hours (less if swimming though). DDs have used it for years and have never once burned when using it. Only downside is that you have to order it online but delivery is usually free and VERY quick!

bubblegumsupermum Tue 18-Aug-09 19:01:59

(chucks rotten fruit)

Ooops sorry I done that without reading the rest!!

You done what you could --obv not your best-- to stop your DC from getting burnt that's all you can do!!

Don't beat yourself up about it I mean your only --a bitch who lets her kid burn-- human after all!!

gringringrin Only trying to make you smile!!

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