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Do biracial children need sunscreen?

My daughter is biracial. Her dad is light-skinned black and I'm white. Will she need sunscreen? She is fair-skinned because she hasn't been in the sun much yet, but she looks like she would tan easily.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Apr. 3, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (17)
  • Yes, my biracial daughter doesn't burn ...but she does darken if I don't use sunscreen. Her skin is not fair so she just darkens. But babies should use it any way regardless of color. And anyone can say what they want about it being "over rated" ...my Mom is a dermatology nurse and she's told me MANY stories of kids and adults coming into the office with skin cancer. A little sun is good for you but if you are at the beach/pool or even in the yard playing for several hours you need sunblock!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:53 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Yes, b/c even though she may find it harder to get a sunburn. She can still have damaging effects from the sun. She can still also get a sunburn, it just may take longer.
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 9:21 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Everyone needs sunscreen. Cancer is not a racial issue!! Did you know dogs get skin cancer?
    EireLass

    Answer by EireLass at 9:22 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Everyone needs sunscreen...even the darkest black person.
    NJMom2Tyler

    Answer by NJMom2Tyler at 9:26 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • yes they do ! Here is a website .
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_n2_v92/ai_19487228/
    hollinshead

    Answer by hollinshead at 9:34 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Sunscreen is over rated and shouldn't be used everyday, or everytime you go outside. Part of the reason our children, and even adults have vitamin d deficiencies, etc, is because we overuse sunscreen.

    I am sure if you go outside for hours, applying some will be good. (no matter skin color, even dark skinned women use sunscreen: or the ones I know do). My daughter doesn't get sunscreen on to just go to the park, and if we are going to be there for awhile I would apply some after we have already been there.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 9:35 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • celticcreverie.....Well she didn't ask how often to use it...she asked IF she should use it for her biracial daughter...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • Anyone of any ethnicity needs sunscreen...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • and I answered her question anon, but thank you for pointing that out. lol.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 9:51 AM on Apr. 3, 2009

  • CELTICREVERIE.....You are absolutely correct. Sunscreen is a reason for Vite D deficiency. However....from a skin cancer victim....you can supplement vitamin D, you can't undo skin damage. Today's sunburn/tan is 20 years from now cancer. I'm 51. I grew up every summer at our house on Cape Cod. They didn't have sunscreen then. Just a big 'ol t-shirt (as if the sun doesn't penetrate, haha). Today I live with the effects.
    EireLass

    Answer by EireLass at 9:54 AM on Apr. 3, 2009