My baby's arms were really pink after being in the sun for about an hour yesterday. I had applied Factor 50 but, on doing further research (after the horse had bolted), I don't think the brand we're using (Banana Boat) is the best. It's excema-friendly but obviously not as protective as other brands. He seems happy enough but his arms are still pink and I feel absolutely terrible and sick to my core for letting this happen. He shouldn't have been in the sun at all on such a hot day. I know that now and feel very naiive. He's almost 1yo so I don't think we need to go to A&E. I used cool flannels last night to cool his arms and put on E45. Anything else I can do?
Firstly it has happened, so stop beating yourself up.
Now little one - how hot are his arms? does he seem to have any discomfort? If not self medicate - E45 is very thick - do you not have any after sun? Or natural yogurt - sounds strange but acts as a cooler.
He sounds like he will be fine - leason learnt and big hug
I wouldn't worry. A bit of sun won't hurt. What did we do before sun cream was invented it's good to get a bit of sun anyway, vitamin d and all that. When ds was a baby my dh, a doctor, made me expose him to some morning sun for 15 mins a day.
I don't use suncream on ds 15mo but cover him up in the sun long sleeve cotton top, cotton trousers and hat.
That Banana Boat is very misleading. I did the same when DS was about 3. Make sure that any cream you buy has 5 stars on the back as some of them despite being high factor do not offer the best protection. There was a recent study I think by Which which rated Asda cream as giving much much more protection than the SPF factor. We had it last year and it was fantastic.
In the UK and Ireland, the Boots star rating system is a proprietary in vitro method used to describe the ratio of UVA to UVB protection offered by sunscreen creams and sprays. Based on original work by Prof. Brian Diffey at Newcastle University, the Boots Company in Nottingham, UK, developed a standard method which has been adopted by most companies marketing these products in the UK. The logo and methodology of the test are licenced for a token fee to any manufacturer or brand of sunscreens that are sold in the Boots retail chain, provided the products to which the logo is applied perform to the standard claimed. Own Label products exclusively sold in other retailers are now excluded from the terms of the licence. It should not be confused with SPF, which is measured with reference to burning and UVB. One-star products provide the least ratio of UVA protection; five-star products are best. The method has recently been revised in the light of the Colipa UVA PF test, and with the new EU recommendations regarding UVA PF. The method still uses a spectrophotometer to measure absorption of UVA vs UVB; the difference stems from a requirement to pre-irradiate samples (where this was not previously required) to give a better indication of UVA protection, and of photostability when the product is used. With the current methodology, the lowest rating is three stars, the highest being five stars.