Hidden Dangers of Being in The Shade With A Baby

“Learning from those that make mistakes in parenting is how we truly become a WISER parent.”  A little ‘ lesson’ learned regarding the sun AND shade and my 5 month old.

What I thought would be a great summer family adventure day at the beach, turned out to be a parents worst nightmare.  Never having lived near the ocean before, one truly does not know the power of how the sun’s rays can affect us.   

20294327_10155309181011131_4521454418558940079_nApproaching our day at the beach, near the Atlantic Ocean, with a sense of optimism, yet as soon as we arrived the day starting unraveling fast.  Immediately it was apparent I had forgotten babies sun hat, bathing suit and swim diaper.  Not too worry, so I thought.  She would spend the day in the shade under an umbrella and take a few dips in the water just to cool off.  After applying sunscreen baby sat with me in the shade as the days hottest rays approached.  

With the day being almost 100 degrees and full humidity, shade was almost unbearably hot.  Baby was doing great, a little cranky, but otherwise withstanding our crazy idea of our families outing at the beach.  After 4 hours we called it a day, packed up and headed home.  That’s where the real fun started……..

Getting everyone bathed is when we realized that somehow baby had a ‘shade burn’ of some sort.  Her body from head to belly had patches of red, as if she had a slight burn of some kind.  What did not make sense to us was that she was ONLY in direct sunlight for less than a minute each time she took a dip in the water, and with being under the beach umbrella how did a sunburn occur?  



Here is an excerpt from an article I found on sunburn and shade:

It turns out not all shade is equal, and even if you spend long hours out of direct sunlight, you can still receive quite a lot of UV. This is because ultraviolet radiation reaches your skin in two ways:

  • directly, as radiation from the sun,
  • indirectly, as radiation that’s been reflected from the atmosphere above, and/or bounced back from surfaces such as sand, concrete or even grass.

A single umbrella in an open space provides limited sun protection, Slevin says.

Even if the umbrella is made of fabric that blocks 100 per cent of UV, and you manage to stay completely out of direct sunlight, the UV dose is cut by only about half. This is because the umbrella blocks only the direct UV (plus a very small amount of the indirect UV). This means it is about as effective as a sunscreen with an SPF of 2.

But if the umbrella is used on a beach, where it is surrounded by water and highly reflective sand, the protection offered may be even lower still because of the UV reflected underneath the umbrella canopy from the surface of the sand.

To Read The Full Article Click Here: The Shady Truth About Shade


My 5 month old had a partial sunburn due to indirect exposure from the surface of the sand reflecting off of the umbrella, AHHHH!

WOW! We will not be winning any parent of the year award anytime soon for this one……

After applying Badger Balm After Sun, Aloe Gel and Aloe Lotion to her delicate reddened skin.  We were hopeful that she would have no allergic reactions to the sun’s ill-effect, BUT we still took every precaution necessary, and even talked with a pharmacist as to dosage of Tylenol should she need it throughout the night.

Within 3 days of keeping her ‘lotioned’ with Aloe and completely out of the sun, THANKFULLY there was no peeling, itching, swelling or reactions of any kind.  Her baby skin has gone back to its original color, and I am at peace again with myself.

This Momma has learned a HUGE lesson regarding outside sun AND shade exposure, with ALWAYS taking extra precautions no matter what!



20246386_10155309180886131_8989840646879427040_nA Few Tips For Safe Sun Play

  • Always Wear Sunscreen
  • Wear a Hat
  • Wear Appropriate Sun Clothing
  • Limit Sun Exposure to Morning or Late Afternoon
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Find Shade Whenever Possible
  • Re-Apply Sunscreen 
  • Be Extra Careful With the Sun When at the Beach


BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS with your little ones, and big kids too, the sun AND shade is not forgiving and the skin pays the price for carelessness!!!


Knowledge is Power!





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