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Have given ds2 *sunburn* ... worlds worst mother - it was overcast and even a few spots of rain ffs!

(10 Posts)
GeorginaA Sun 31-Jul-05 17:20:40

Am in tears, can't believe it, am so careful with the boys.

Ds2 is showing signs of sunburn all over his head and face - we've been out for a four hour walk today but it was REALLY overcast and we even felt spots of rain. Ds1 had a had on through part of it (to protect his head from rain) but ds2 pulled his off so we left it off, planning to put it back on if the rain got heavier or it became sunny (neither happened). No suntan lotion on any of us (although we had some in the bag in case it did get sunny) None of the rest of us affected.

I feel like a complete shit doing that sort of damage on my baby What can I do to make him more comfortable/minimize the damage I've done?

tortoiseshell Sun 31-Jul-05 17:21:46

If you've got some calamine lotion that can take the sting out of it. You're not a bad mother, I wouldn't even consider sunburn on a day like today. Hope it's not too sore for him.

Nemo1977 Sun 31-Jul-05 17:23:56

Aww try not to fret it happens to the best of us. Just make sure you apply either after sun or baby lotion to keep his skin cooled and stop it tightening. If he seems in pain/ uncomfortable then maybe give some paracetamol. Am sure he will probably be a lot better in the morning.

HellKat Sun 31-Jul-05 17:25:09

Chill Georgina. You were'nt to know. Today's actually on the cold side here and barely sunny. Definitely try calomine lotion and let him have a soak in a cool bath. You're not a bad mum at all. We all make mistakes! I probably would'nt have thought of suncream neither.

Lonelymum Sun 31-Jul-05 17:27:31

It doesn't sound to me, Georgina, as though anyone else would have done anything differently so don't blame yourself. It has rained here most of the day and the tiny stream next to our house is now in full flood! We nipped out to have a look at it.

Sudocrem is supposed to be good for sunburn, or, failing that, any moisturiser would help, if not with the pain then with keeping the skin moisturised.

Gillian76 Sun 31-Jul-05 17:54:51

No actually, I am the world's wort mother... my DD (5) needs 2 teeth extracted

Sounds like you acted as we all would - don't beat yourself up about it.

GeorginaA Sun 31-Jul-05 19:08:42

Aw Gillian that sounds horrible for the wee man {{hugs}}

I just feel so awful - we thought we were having a great (and cheap!) day out. Was so proud of ds1 as he walked a total of five and a half miles (well so did the rest of us, but he's only 4!) with only a little bit of complaining towards the end that his legs were tired! I'm just absolutely gobsmacked that I would even need to think about sun protection on such an overcast day.

Thanks for the advice. He's had a nice cooling bath and some calamine on the affected bits. It's looking less sore than it was. Guess I get to endure all the glares and people telling me off for sunburning my baby tomorrow

GeorginaA Sun 31-Jul-05 19:09:11

(um... poor wee girlie even ... I misread, sorry Gillian!)

Gillian76 Sun 31-Jul-05 19:19:19

It will probably have died down somewhat by tomorrow anyway. Ignore any glares, it's none of anyone's business.

DD has 2 cavities but refuses to sit to have them filled. Dentist is not the most patient Anyway, sunburn is much less of an offence IMO

HellKat Sun 31-Jul-05 19:20:20

Well done on your little one's walking so far!!! (and you ).
Glad he's feeling better. Take care.

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