Any parent will tell you what a real nightmare it is trying to apply sun cream to their child. It really is a struggle to get my son to keep still to have it put on , and it ends up going everywhere. My little boy is 14 months old, and I remember vividly last summer trying to apply the sun cream before I took him out, what a battle I had. He has fair hair and so I was extra careful to slap the cream on him everywhere. Infact I think that I got a bit obsessed by it. I went through several different types of sun cream, but the best one that I found was the Nivea once. It says that you only need to apply it every 8 hours. When I would send my son to nursery I would put it on him in the morning and it would last all day. It does not feel sticky or leave him looking like a ghost. It is priced quite high from what I remember, at around £8 a bottle, but quite often you can get it on offer for buy one get one free in Boots. I bought the 200ml size, and found that it lasted about 2 months. It is important to use sunsreen properly. It is best to apply it at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and if you use a regular sunscreen you need to remember to reapply it regularly. I understand that it is easy to forget to reapply it, but it is so important. I work in a doctors surgery and I see so many patients who come in with sun damaged skin which needs bandaging or older patients who have caused the damage years ago by not using sun screen, and needing to have cryotherapy to clear it. Protect yourself, get some sunscreen!!
childrens skin is a lot more sensative than ours to exposure to the sun light and will burn a lot easier, i have always used sun cream of a high factor on my children when the sun is out particularly if we are going out in the sun during the middle of the day.
Now that they are at school i apply sun cream to them every morning during this time of year even if it is raining in the morning as our weather is so unpredictable and the schools are not allowed to apply sun cream so will literaly let your child burn in the heat which is quite likely at dinner time as they all go out to play in the play ground at the hottest part of the day.
Boots have a fantastic range of sun creams specially designed for children, i find it easier to apply the spray on sun oil that doesnt need to be rubbed in and literally just spray the whole off my daughters before getting them dressed of a morning, you cant spray this onto there faces so i spray it onto my hands then rub it onto there faces.
I also think that it is very important for children to have sun hats at school with them aswell so have left one on each of my girls pegs as no matter how much sun cream you put on it wont stop the sun over heating there heads and giving then sun stroke.
How do you keep your children from burning?