C.M. asks from Brooklyn, WI on May 27, 2008
Bug Repellent & Sun Screen
I've heard that sun screen and bug repellent should not be used on infants. My son will be turning 4 months on June 5 when is it o.k. to use sun screen on him? When is it o.k. to use bug repellent?
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C.Y. answers from Minneapolis on May 28, 2008
You should avoid sunscreen for children under 6 months. I used uv protective clothing for the times we had to be in the sun. I used a great company www.konfidence-usa.com
they had a great sunsuit (it was 6 months, but I used it on my son at 4 months, it was just a bit big, it covered more skin) and they had a great sun hat that covered the ears and back of neck. He never got hot, the fabric is breathable and I used it all summer. Much safer than all the chemicals in products.
K.E. answers from Janesville-Beloit on May 28, 2008
There are repellents and sun screens out there for infants. Avon has repellents that are safe for infants and they have suncreen right in them.
L.M. answers from Minneapolis on May 28, 2008
Avon's skin so soft now has bug repellent/sunscreen together in a spray. I would think it would be fine to use that.
J.S. answers from Green Bay on May 28, 2008
I'd double check with your dr. but my pediatrician said it is okay to use a small amount of sunscreen on my 3 month old. Basically cover her up with clothes and use sunscreen on the few remaining areas - back of hands, nose and cheeks.
C.O. answers from Minneapolis on May 27, 2008
I've never heard that about sunscreen. Good to know...
Avon's Skin So Soft works really well as a bug repellent and shouldn't harm your baby in any way.
J.T. answers from St. Louis on May 28, 2008
I used baby sunscreen on my daughter when she was probably 5-6 months. As far a bug repellent, try using a dryer sheet. The bugs don't like it. Also I just heard listering in a squirt bottle will keep the mosquitos away and it's not toxic (we use it in our mouths!) Hope this helps.
A.R. answers from Minneapolis on May 28, 2008
Babies should always be in the shade anyway because the sun can also damage their new little eyes. Shade for the first year - go to the beach on cloudy days or in the morning/evening.
Bug repellent is poison. If you seek out all-natural bug spray/cream (and there are literally hundreds of brands) you can use it at any time. Why would you spray poison on your kids? Avoid DEET - it is a toxic chemical that causes cancer.
B.E. answers from Lincoln on May 28, 2008
go to mercola.com and type sunscreen in the search box.
S.B. answers from Minneapolis on May 27, 2008
I have always been told that sunscreen should not be used until infants are 6 months old. Until then, sun umbrellas, stroller covers, wide-brim hats, light clothing that covers the body are the best alternatives. We had our little one at the end of last summer and spent lots of great time outdoors, just avoided peak times (10am-2pm) and kept her shaded.
A.D. answers from Minneapolis on May 30, 2008
Funny, I just got this email about natural sunscreen and bug repellant - so I'll pass it on! I'm not plugging it, just passing it on! http://products.mercola.com/summer-survival-kit/?source=nl
C.D. answers from Waterloo on May 27, 2008
Avon has awesome bug and sunscreen all in one. I use it on my daughter and she is 5 months. I sell avon and you can see my website at www.youravon.com/cdietrick. I can even send you a code for free shipping if you would like.