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07:00 am: A Boston accent is like the plague
Peter plays at having a Boston accent periodically, dropping his Rs with wild abandon.

It was never my favorite language game, but it was kinda cute (and how cool is it that he can play in English?).

Until now. Teddy has started imitating him. He'll sidle up to me and say "Boston Hahbah! HA HA HA HA!"

And because he's, y'know, fowah (4), he has to say it over and over and over again, until I'm ready to choke him and throttle Peter for giving him the idea.

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Teddy is turning brown. We slather him with lotion every time he goes outside, but he's tanning. We're using either SPF 30 or SPF 50 (depending what's nearest). How TF is this happening?

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: worriedworried


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Date:July 16th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)

Do you reapply?

Every 1.5-2 hours? Even the waterproof is only water resistant for 80 minutes in water, not counting toweling off, etc. Water resistant is only good in water for 40 minutes.

Do you use enough? One full ounce is appropriate/meets the spf # on your bottle for a 'normal' adult for their entire body not counting a regular swim suit. So a bit less is appropriate for a kid's whole body, not counting swim suit.

How big is your bottle of sunscreen? 8 oz? 12? That's about 9-14 or so applications for Teddy; camp day/outside time is 9am-6pm so that's 4 or 5 applications so you'll go through your sunscreen bottle every 2.5 days.

Such a tossup: cheaper sunscreen is good b/c you go through so much of it... but slathering it on the largest organ on a kid's body, you'll reconsider all the questionable ingredients in the cheaper brands...

My solution: marry and reproduce with a Sicilian man and hope your kids gets genetically sun-loving and protective skin. I've seen it: 65 yo women sit down with me to talk sunscreen/sun protection and I 'judge' them to be 30 but with 45 yo skin. When I've been sufficiently humbled, I ask them their secret and it's never been sunscreen, it's always Mediterranean skin. Damn them!
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Date:July 16th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)

damn them!

I married a pasty Eastern European man, so I'm SOL on the genetics.

Yes, I reapply.

Yes, I use enough.

I'm the one who applies it before he goes to camp, and he goes outside first thing (only, so no need for further applications, though I send some in with him every day).

This is the stuff I emailed you about, 'cause I'm SO CONFUSED.
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Date:July 16th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

Re: damn them!

Quick question: does camp reapply? Can you ask them to? I remember, even though I've been 'allergic' to regular sunscreen for ever, having to slather it on camp kids because we Did Not Want to Send Home Burned Kids. Teddy is so fair, I'm sure they'd consider your request.

Some brown isn't horrible, when you have a kid who will be spending the day outside. And better that he's tanning than immediately burning (damage yes, but not painful like a burn).

Step up his natural vitamins, too, including good sources of antioxidants, that will help his skin.

I'm sorry, this sucks! Sun /screen/Vit D/etc. is very frustrating!
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Date:July 16th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)

Re: damn them!

They do reapply when he's in the full-day camp. In the half day, they go outside first thing, then are inside after that first hour or so. So the sunscreen I apply is ample.

When I went to the open house, the full-day counselors assured me that they reapply sunscreen every time the kids go back out again (2-3 times a day, I believe). I'll definitely remind them when he gets to that week though!
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