LisaKinVA Posted July 3, 2012 Share Posted July 3, 2012 (edited) My boys just had their annual physicals... the two things that came up were vitamin D supplements and sunblock. My kids are in the sun from 9am-11am, without sunscreen. Three of my children have olive skin (darker), two are lily white. My older two are outside from 7:45 until 11am two days a week. I watch my lily white children like a hawk, my oldest has the beginnings of a sun tan (which isn't saying much) and my soon-to-be 6yo doesn't look like she has been in the sun at. all. (she also *must* get Vit. D supplementation). If my children are going to be at a day-camp, or other outdoor activities during the day, they wear hats, appropriate clothing and sunblock as needed. Under my watch, they have never had a sunburn (my oldest has, but he was away at boy scout camp and simply didn't use the sun block we sent with him that time...he hasn't forgotten since!). My olive-skinned children develop suntans even with sunblock. Let me also add, if my two lily white kids had any inkling of pinking up during their exposure to the sun, I wouldn't hesitate to apply sunblock to them... but they aren't. So if these were your kids, and this is the amount of unprotected sun-time, would you be applying sunscreen at 9am, or would you do what we've been doing these past 3 years and allow them to play in the sun, sunblock-free, knowing they would be back inside by 11am (watching for signs of over-exposure, especially in the very light-skinned ones)? Thank you. Edited July 3, 2012 by LisaK in VA Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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