Recommended Sunscreens for Kids

Keeping Kids Safe – Chemicals in Pools and Sunscreen

Memorial Day weekend is arriving soon and with it comes the first weekend of “summer” where many families will gather around for a BBQ and enjoy a dip in the family pool. Whether you’re going to venture into a pool or outside this weekend or not, I wanted to share some interesting findings of chemicals in pools and sunscreen.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its findings on chemicals and pools as well as created a recommended sunscreen list just in time for Memorial Day weekend fun. The information is discussing pee in pools and whether or not chlorine really gets rid of those chemicals. Now, as a parent who’s had her fair share of having to remind her younger two sons never to pee in a pool, I can see how this could be a cause of concern.

My younger boys always thought their penis was a cool contraption and well, me being a partial redneck style person, always knew that peeing outdoors could be a thing in the country. Thankfully my boys were taught from a young age to never, ever pee in a pool or any pool of water, to be honest. I believe in having a clean swimming location for my family.

With that being said, EWG simply wants consumers to think about what’s in the pool before they venture out to get a good swim in this holiday weekend and all summer long. Chlorine can kill the containment of many chemicals found within the pool, but when combined with urine this actually creates a disinfection byproduct such as chloroform. Scientists have identified more than 600 disinfection byproducts, some being known to cause cancer and harm to the fetus. Scary stuff. {source}

You May Also Like:   11 Valentine Day Gift Ideas for Stay at Home Moms

When it comes to drinking water, we can work to filter it properly but with swimming pools, most filtration options would rid the pool of the necessary chlorine content. This makes it difficult for people to feel safe from dangerous chemicals in their pool during the summer swimming season. 

Recommended Sunscreens for Kids

What Can You do to Reduce Chemicals in Your Pool?

There are a few things to take into consideration and try to do as a means to make sure you have as little dangerous chemicals as possible in your pool this summer season: 

  • Don’t overly use chlorine. Yes, you need to use it, but don’t overdo it.
  • Know that bromine, often used in place of chlorine, still creates high concentrations of disinfectant byproducts. {source}
  • Make signs and be adamant about no peeing in the pool. The main cause of disinfectant byproducts is related to human feces being found in the water. This can be reduced by keeping a watchful eye on swimmers. 
  • Look into ultraviolet methods for pools, although I’m not certain they’re available yet, many well systems use these lights to help ensure their drinking water is safe. 
  • Read the tips sheet for pool owners released by EWG, here

Recommended Sunscreens for Kids

To see the full list of recommended sunscreens for kids, click here. You can find a list of Amazon affiliate links below that will showcase some of the best sunscreen options to keep your kids protected this summer season. 

 Adorable Baby By Loving Naturals All Natural Sunscreen Spf 30 + for Toddler Children and Adults Non Nano Zinc Oxide 4.3 Oz UVA/UVBAdorable Baby By Loving Naturals All Natural Sunscreen Spf 30 + for Toddler Children and Adults Non Nano Zinc Oxide 4.3 Oz UVA/UVB All Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion – Zinc Oxide – Coral Reef Safe – Water Resistant – UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum – SPF 30 (3 oz)All Good Kids Sunscreen Lotion - Zinc Oxide - Coral Reef Safe - Water Resistant - UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum - SPF 30 (3 oz) Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Lotion For Sensitive Skin With Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Tear-Free, Sweat- & Water-Resistant, Travel-Size, 3 Fl. OzAveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Lotion For Sensitive Skin With Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Tear-Free, Sweat- & Water-Resistant, Travel-Size, 3 Fl. Oz Babo Botanicals Baby Skin SPF 50 Mineral Sheer & Gentle Sunscreen Lotion, Unscented, 3 Fluid OunceBabo Botanicals Baby Skin SPF 50 Mineral Sheer & Gentle Sunscreen Lotion, Unscented, 3 Fluid Ounce Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50 – UVA/UVB Face and Body Protection – Fragrance Free – Safe for Sensitive Skin- Travel Size – 3 FL OZBaby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 50 - UVA/UVB Face and Body Protection - Fragrance Free – Safe for Sensitive Skin- Travel Size - 3 FL OZ Baby Sunscreen Cream by Badger – SPF 30 – 2.9 Ounce TubeBaby Sunscreen Cream by Badger - SPF 30 - 2.9 Ounce Tube Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50 Baby Sunscreen Stick (.5 oz)Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50 Baby Sunscreen Stick (.5 oz) Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen – Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection – 5 oz BottleBlue Lizard Australian Sunscreen - Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection - 5 oz Bottle Burn Out SPF 35 Eco Sensitive Sunscreen, 3 OunceBurn Out SPF 35 Eco Sensitive Sunscreen, 3 Ounce Coppertone WaterBabies Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, 8 ozCoppertone WaterBabies Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, 8 oz Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 by Earth Mama | Reef Safe, Non-Nano Zinc, Contains Organic Shea Butter and Colloidal Oatmeal, 3-OunceKids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 by Earth Mama | Reef Safe, Non-Nano Zinc, Contains Organic Shea Butter and Colloidal Oatmeal, 3-Ounce Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 & Zinc Oxide, Water-Resistant, Hypoallergenic & Tear-Free Baby Sunscreen, 3 fl. oz (Pack of 3)Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 & Zinc Oxide, Water-Resistant, Hypoallergenic & Tear-Free Baby Sunscreen, 3 fl. oz (Pack of 3) Baby Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion by Nurture My Body | SPF 32 – All-Natural, Zinc Oxide Sun Protection for Infants (4 fl oz)Baby Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion by Nurture My Body | SPF 32 – All-Natural, Zinc Oxide Sun Protection for Infants (4 fl oz)

 

You May Also Like:   10 Reasons I love Thanksgiving

Share with a Friend ...