Sunblock warning: For many kids with eczema and allergies, new allergies can develop any time. It’s probably been six or more months since your children have worn their favorite sunscreen or sunblock. It’s best to do a small patch test on their skin if it’s been a while you’ve last applied the sun cream. Your child may have used the same sun protection for years with no issues, but could suddenly develop a reaction to it.
Case in point, today I generously applied Badger’s Unscented sunblock to much of Tristan’s skin. This was our favorite sunblock last year because it was natural and he never reacted to it, so without thinking I covered Tristan. Big mistake. He instantly was covered in hives, his eczema flared up, and he was an itchy mess.
Please, learn from my experience and do a small patch test before you lather up your child with any old favorites or new sunblocks. Of course this applies to any skincare product, but for some reason, the sunblock slipped my mind.
With our old dependable sunblock out the window, we’re moving on to try some new natural, non-toxic products. Both of these offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage.
SunCare – SPF 25, spray format and made on tree-nut free equipment.
Sunny Sleevez – UPF 50+, throw these sleeves on and head out the door, remove when you come back indoors. No mess, no fuss. Easy.