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    Protect your kids from the sun!

    Hi folks, had a great trip to DLR in late May, but when we were in the park, we noticed something that we found a bit disturbing.
    My mother pointed it out first; she noticed that a quite a few of the infants and little children in strollers didn't have a hat to protect their heads from the sun, nor were they wearing any shoes. This is a big mistake. In many cases, their hair hasn't grown in yet, plus their necks and faces are exposed to the sun. Particularly during summer, this is a serious risk for sun burns, which are very painful, not to mention a long term risk for melanoma. Please, people, protect your children by giving them a hat or bonnet. I don't know if sun screen is acceptable to be used on infants (I would ask your pediatrician about that) but a hat is very important when spending hours in the sun.
    I don't want to be preachy about this, or come off like some kind of expert; I'm not. But it's well known that children in particular are vulnerable to the sun, and the younger they are, the greater that vulnerability.
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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    Good call. The only thing I could say is I hope they were wearing sunscreen. My nephew is 1, and we always makes sure he has plenty on before we go. It's not harmful. Hopefully these kids you saw did.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    yea, I second the sunscreen. Some young kids (actually, all kids I've been with at the parks!) wouldn't tolerate a hat for long.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    What about the little kids out of strollers? Should they do the same thing? Thought it was funny you had to throw the "in strollers" piece in there. It should be for everyone, including adults.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    I'm pretty sure children have been around for as long as the sun has been around, and somehow the species has survived.

    Of course you wouldn't want to set your toddler out every day to get a dark Coppertone tan, but really, a kid in a stroller at Disneyland isn't exactly child abuse. If the parents want to, they can apply childrens sunscreen. (They sell that stuff at every drugstore in SoCal)

    If you want to shield your child from the big star in our solar system, then go ahead. But it's not going to kill them to be out in the sun.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    Quote Originally Posted by Westsider View Post
    I'm pretty sure children have been around for as long as the sun has been around, and somehow the species has survived.
    I'm sorry, but that's an invalid argument. Whether the species has survived says nothing of the happiness of the species, nor about the longevity of individual members. You could have an utterly miserable species that died as soon as their young reached young adulthood, and the species could survive for quite some time...but that doesn't mean it'd be unreasonable for them to take steps to make life a little less painful, right?

    In other words, no, a little sun exposure will not cause the human race to go extinct. But it can certainly make for a nasty sunburn or, if made into a habit, can substantially increase the chances of skin cancer. Neither of those outcomes are fun, and I think it's a good parenting choice to make reasonable efforts to prevent these until a child is old enough to make those decisions on his or her own.

    I'm also curious how the sun and human race would come into existence at the same time...I haven't heard that suggested before. But that's a whole 'nother topic.


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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    Really good point! I noticed that on my recent trip as well. Kids were sitting in their strollers, without shield, and some had beet red skin. It's the same concept as keeping your kid bundled up when it's cold outside. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Water Babies by Coppertone would be ok for an infant. I checked the website, and it looks like Water Babies now even has a "Tear Free" formula, and it's also oil, fragrance, and dye free. Another thing, if you kid falls asleep in the stroller, maybe draping a blanket over the front of the stroller would be a good idea to keep the sun off.

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    Babies also have little ability to cool themselves when they overheat, making sun exposure a double threat. There are three problems with sunburn:


    • Sunburn can happen very quickly with a baby or small child.
    • Sunburn is extremely painful and uncomfortable for your child once it happens.
    • Every sunburn a child gets increases the potential for skin cancer as an adult.
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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    Quote Originally Posted by TacAlert View Post
    What about the little kids out of strollers? Should they do the same thing? Thought it was funny you had to throw the "in strollers" piece in there. It should be for everyone, including adults.
    I agree, of course everyone should wear sun screen and hats out there, not to mention sunglasses. But my biggest concern is infants in strollers. Some parents may assume that the roof of the stroller protects their infant from the sun, when in fact they are often exposed to the sun when not actually in the shade. And a baby with little hair on his head is particularly vulnerable to the sun.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    And if you get to the park and realise you've forgotten, Disney gives out free sunscreen on hot days from First Aid.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    When my boys were babies, and that includes my grandson, I almost always had a hat on their heads. I am old fashioned like my mom, and I bought the infant hats with the ties under the chin that kept the hat on their head. Not sure if it protected them from cancer, but they never complained, or tried to pull of the hat.

    I for one always need a hat on my head. Usually nowadays it's of the ballcap variety. The hot sun will give me a headache otherwise. Even in the dead of winter the sun can be brutal, and some sort of hat with a visor is very helpful.


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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    A little bit of sun is important. It helps to make Vitamin D.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    I am a licensed esthetician (skin care specialist) and I wanted to raise the point that sun can penetrate many clothing items, so while clothing is a great way to avoid burns in many cases, if your going to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, you really want to use a sunscreen aswell
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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    As the Aussies say, "Slip! Slap! Slop!"

    Slip on a shirt. Slap on a hat. Slop on some sunscreen.

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    Re: Protect your kids from the sun!

    Speaking as a mom, I can tell you that there is no way my daughter would keep a hat on her head. She just doesn't. Even the tied ones, she pulls at it until it comes off. Same goes for socks and shoes. She hates them. Only now (at 11 months) can I get her to leave the shoes on. I even walked into her room the other morning to get her out of her crib and she was there sans pants. How she took her pants off I have no idea. but she did. I guess she will be a nudist I have tons of socks that don't have a match.

    But I do put sunscreen on her head. My doctor had said it was OK. I also have something like this to offer her sun protection in her stroller:
    Protect a Bub :: Sun protection for life's little adventures
    Mine is a different brand and reaches almost to her feet so that I can pull it down even more when she is sleeping so that she is completly shaded.
    I also have a fan hooked up to her stroller (clip on battery operated) to offer her a breeze so that she is not hot. When we went to WDW, I had 2 blowing at her since it was really hot and humid.

    Just because the child does not have socks or a hat on does not mean that the child is not wearing sun screen. It also doesn't mean that the child was like that for the entire day.
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