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A Sunblock Allergy Warning & Sun Protection Ideas

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. They offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage.

“The” Sunscreen – SPF 30, comes in a stick and tube format and is a favorite of fellow eczema mom, Goovey Green Livin’.

TickleTime – a new, innovative powder format featuring mineral powder to keep the sun ray’s at bay.


And for quick cream-free coverups? UPF clothing!

Sunny Sleevez – UPF 50+, throw these sleeves on and head out the door, remove when you come back indoors. No mess, no fuss. Easy.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi, The link to Sunny Sleevez doesn’t work. Here is the link to their website Will look into this for my daughter who is 8 and loves going outside.

    National Eczema Association
    Seal of Acceptance Program Manager


    May 30, 2013
    • Hey Scott – Thanks! I’ve updated it. The sleevez are great – we love them. Jennifer


      May 31, 2013
  2. Melvina Maitland #

    Sun protection is always necessary because we want to protect our skin against UV radiation. `

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    November 22, 2012
  3. Children have sensitive skins than us adult. It is good when you take precautions. I have read some articles regarding some allergies that will just show up unexpectedly. That is why I will agree to Jennifer. When allergy symptoms starting to occur on the skin of your child, then stop using the product and much better consult the doctor.


    May 21, 2012
  4. wlfpkgrl #

    So, I initially thought this post was inspired by Leigh🙂 until I read about Tristan’s reaction – poor little guy. So far the Badgers has worked like a charm for us but it’s good to know that this may not always been the case. As always, thanks for sharing your wisdom!


    May 14, 2012
    • Hi Lisa! Oh, ha! Nope, a day or two after we spoke Tristan reacted to his old sunblock. I totally didn’t make the connection with Leigh until now. I’m so glad to hear she’s doing much better with the new sunblock. Jennifer


      May 16, 2012

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