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Baby injured at childminders - advice needed please

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EmilyD2012 Thu 25-Apr-13 14:03:05

My DS (10mo) returned from the childminders on Tuesday evening suffering from sunburn. Overnight his face swelled up badly, by Wednesday morning his face was horrific - bright red and he couldn't open his left eye because it was so swollen. We took him to A&E and were told he was most likely suffering an allergic reaction to something or severe sunburn.

After giving him antihistemines and pain relief we were discharged and his face slowly started to deflate. Yesterday afternoon his skin started to blister and, by the evening, was weeping constantly. I took him to the doctors who said that he was suffering from serious sunburn to the face. I asked the childminder how long he had been out in the sun for and she said it had been 30 minutes at most. The doctor disputed this and said that it was very unlikely to have such a dramatic reaction to just 30 minutes in the sun. It is only April, after all.

The childminder is a friend of mine and has always been brilliant with my DS (she has a baby the same age). No part of me thinks that she would have deliberately let him come to any harm. That said, the last 48 hours have been horrendous. Every time I look at my baby my heart breaks. His face is a mass of blisters and open wounds. His left eye looks like it could bruise. I've been given hydrocortisone cream to treat the skin but every time I touch him he screams in pain. Last night I put him to bed and wept.

Today, the childminder came round and saw for herself what a terrible state he is in. I didn't want to make her feel worse than she no doubt already is, but equally felt it was important for her to see that I wasn't exaggerating when I contacted her from the doctors yesterday.

I just don't know what to do. Some of my friends say that such a careless act is unforgivable and I should never leave my DS with her again. Others are more forgiving and say that, after seeing him, she has surely learnt her lesson.

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. What would you do?

Thank you x

sillymillysmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 03:10:58

There is now a warning out re high uv levels

sillymillysmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 03:13:27

cumfy Sun 28-Apr-13 13:33:03

Those links are odd sillymilly!

They link back to this .gov site

1. It doesn't specify what these "abnormal" levels of UV actually are.

2. It doesn't give the normal Met Office type advice for this time of year which is generally:

It might feel cool but the strength of the Sun is now exactly the same as a scorching hot day in mid-August.

3. It also tries to conflate the temperature with the strength of the Sun implying cold temperatures necessitate low UV. Completely false.

Basically I would be very surprised if the Met Office formally endorse that this is in anyway abnormal for late-April.

sillymillysmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 14:56:38

sillymillysmummy Sun 28-Apr-13 14:57:40

It states on that link

PHE has raised a sunburn warning after measurements of ultraviolet (UV) radiation at sites across the UK revealed unusually high levels.

cumfy Sun 28-Apr-13 15:42:59

Yes, but they're not saying we were expecting level 5 UV but wholly unexpectedly recorded level 10s.

They make it sound like there's a hole in the ozone over the UK, or something that makes the UV levels inexplicably outside that normally expected.

The people who are expert at UV levels is the Met Office not public health bods.

bishboschone Sun 28-Apr-13 15:44:05

I'm not sure what region you are in but I was caught out by the sun on Tuesday and I'm ashamed to say my ds got burnt. We were at farm with suncream on and were stationary in a sandpit for probably half an hour . His face was very red in one part but has almost faded and gone today. He wears glasses and I feel the part of his face that got burnt was where the sun was magnified somehow on his face as his friends without suncream weren't burnt at all. I can't tell you how guilty I feel but it's a lesson learned . I'm admittedly quite blasé about the sun and feel having a bit of sun is good for them but I hugely underestimated how hot it was . I hope your son's face is better soon.

nokidshere Mon 29-Apr-13 20:17:45

OP I hope your son recovers quickly.

To the people who are saying how hot it was on Tuesday I want to know where you live!!!!

It has been sunny here for a few days over the past week,or so but it is still freezing cold!!!

Blondeshavemorefun Mon 29-Apr-13 20:49:17

kent lol

also sunny sat, sun and today grin

bishboschone Tue 30-Apr-13 08:06:55

Sussex here

duchesse Tue 30-Apr-13 09:39:33

Devon here. Last Tuesday certainly wasn't "hot", in fact quite the reverse, but it was very sunny, just like today. I can actually hear weeds growing in the garden now...

twojues Sun 12-May-13 19:49:21

How's your little one now? Is his skin healing well?

Struckachord Sun 12-May-13 21:39:05

This happened to me - on holiday in June on a bright but not hot day. OP I thought I was scarred for life but it was fine. I do now wear factor 25+ religiously :-)

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