Babies and kids have delicate sensitive skin which will need a gentle sunscreen when required. Both my little ones struggle with eczema and the sun does seem to aggravate it, as does the cold so we can’t really win, but we need sun protection for really sensitive skin! We’ve tried plenty! Thankfully, there are several different products to try which may help you find the best sunscreen for babies with sensitive skin and for older kids too!
I know so many people who ask, “what is the best sunscreen for babies with eczema?” Obviously, everybody reacts differently so I don’t think there is a ‘one size fits all’ product, but you may like to try these and see if they work for your little ones too?
I also detail the ones recommended by various eczema associations too. Do always ask for recommendations from a medical professional too and check ingredients carefully as people can react differently.
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What is the Best Sunscreen for Babies and Children With Sensitive Skin?
These products are available online as well as some stores around the world. Please do let me know if I have missed out a product that has worked for you and is one of the best sunscreen for babies with sensitive skin.
Is Sunscreen Safe for Babies?
Babies under 6 months are recommended never to be exposed to the sun directly.
Sunscreen is not recommended for babies who are 6 months old or younger.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping infants out of the sun during midday and using protective clothing if they have to be in the sun.
The NHS in the UK states, “Keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.”
Therefore, you may see that many creams are not advised for babies under six months when exposure should be avoided.
However, sometimes it can be very hard to keep kids out of the sun when travelling so you may need to invest in some suitable sun protection:
Using a stroller umbrella or UV shade like CoziGo (affiliate link) retails at AUS $99.95 and can be shipped worldwide and shipping is FREE to UK, Australia USA, Canada from their site or Snoozeshade which comes in various sizes. Please do not cover your stroller with a muslin or any type of blanket- it makes it super hot under there and can cause severe heat stroke or worse in minutes. Take frequent breaks in the shade.
Loose, long sleeved outfits.
Make sure they are staying hydrating
Look for sunscreen which contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – as these create a physical barrier from the sun. Always check the label before use and apply 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.
Best Sunscreen for Babies With Eczema: What is the best sunscreen for babies with sensitive skin?
This is the one that I often use. It is thick and creamy and helps with her eczema as well as offers sun protection. This sun lotion can leave a stain on clothes but I found using washing up liquid on the stain before I put it in the washing machine removes it easily.
- Little People Organic Children SPF 30 sun lotion SPF30 contains no gluten, PEg’s parabens, MI, SLS/SLES, lanolin, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, colourants and alcohol.
- Its 78% organic natural ingredients include; avocado, sunflower and olive oil, beeswax, aloe vera, edelweiss and rosemary extract. It’s a thick cream but absorbs well. The Green People highlights that this suncream is for sensitive skin.
- Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate (Naturally occurring UV-Filter), Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit oil*, Helianthus Annuus (SUNFLOWER) Seed Oil*, Cetaryl Alcohol (Emulsifying Plant Wax), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Elais Guinesis (Palm) Oil*^, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] (Mineral UV-Filter), Glyceral Sterate (Plant Derived Emulsifier), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Leontoppodium Alpium (Edelweiss) Leaf Extract*, Commiphora Myrrah (Myrrh) Oil^, Rosmeary) Leaf Extract*, Cetearyl Glucoside (Plant derived Emulsifer), Sodium Stearoyl Glutomate (Plant Derived Emulsifier), Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phytic Acid. *84% CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS, ^FAIRLY TRADED (Period After Opening 6M)
- For more information Little People Organic Children SPF 30 see here.
This suncream is recommended by a friend of mine as it is one of the most natural ones around. She uses it on her 3 young children.
- Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays using the safe mineral Zinc Oxide – No oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sunscreening agents. Zinc based. This is one of the most natural sunscreens for baby eczema.
- For more information on Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 see here.
I have used Childs Farm several times and found it thick and effective. I’ve recently also tried the spray version which is not as thick and leaves an oily feel once it is applied. However, most importantly it didn’t aggravate her skin and protected it from the sun.
- Childs Farm 50+ SPF sun cream sensitive Suitable for 6 months upwards, free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours. It is a thick white cream but does the trick! Considered a ‘miracle cream’ by many in the UK and a good contender for the best sunscreen for toddlers with eczema – they wriggle so much but the cream stays put.
- Ingredients: Aqua, Octocrylene, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Dibutyl Adipate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dicaprylyl Ether, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Triacontanyl PVP, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Galactoarabinan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum. No artificial colours, parabens, SLSs or mineral oils. All packaging is 100% recyclable.
- For more information on Childs Farm 50+ SPF sun cream sensitive see here
Lots of Flying With a Baby readers on my Facebook Page recommend sunsense, although I have not tried it yet myself.
- Sunsense is Australian made. This is often recommended by doctor’s and can sometimes be available on prescription. Light to put on and dermatologically tested. Contains titanium dioxide.
- There is also a roll on option, which is handy for kids to have in their school bags.
- Ingredients: Aqua (water), C12-13 alkyl octoanoate, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, isostearic acid, glycerin, titanium dioxide, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, potassium cetyl phosphate, benzophenone-3, pvp/eicosene copolymer, octyl triazone, phenoxyethanol, aluminium stearate, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, magnesium aluminium silicate, methylparaben, peg-4 laurate, disodium edta, propylparaben, bht, parfum, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.
- For more information on Sunsense, see here.
The UK National Eczema Society also have the following suggestions:
- Isdin Fotoprotector Pediatrics Fusion Fluid Mineral Baby SPF50
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios range SPF50
- Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50
- SunSense Kids SPF50
- Uvistat SPF30 & Uvistat SPF50
and the USA National Eczema Association recommends the following:
- AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen
- AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Face Stick Sunscreen
- AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen
- CeraVe® SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Lotion
- CeraVe® SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion
- CeraVe® Baby Sunscreen SPF 45
- Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Liquid Sunscreen
- Neutrogena® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+
- Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60+
- Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen
- Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Stick SPF 60
If your little one has sensitive skin- you may also be interested in some of the other products I use.
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