Sunscreen

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by scrubsrn24 scrubsrn24 Member Nurse

Specializes in Pedi.

Do you apply sunscreen to your kids? The sun is finally shining, and I can already predict this will be a frequent question with field trips and field days coming up.

Roman1

Roman1

Specializes in Cardiac Step down/ LTC. 67 Posts

As a mom with children in daycare/school. The school has me bring a bottle and sign a permission slip allowing them to apply sunscreen. I don't think the school is allowed to just apply it without parent permission. Hope this helps!

coughdrop.2.go, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing, Public Health Nurse. Has 3 years experience. 1 Article; 709 Posts

The students have to apply the sunscreen on their own, I think the exception is kindergarten. In California students are allowed to carry sunscreen and apply it without parent or doctor's authorization.

GrapeRN

GrapeRN

29 Posts

I squirt the sunscreen into the child's hand and they apply it (only for field day and outdoor camp). My school is in a very low income area, and many students do not have sunscreen at home. The benefits outweigh the risks to me.

Heliantus

Heliantus

50 Posts

My child is a toddler and I absolutely apply SPF for her. We had a teaching session with her, so she isn't resistant to do it.

Here students are allowed to bring it to school and they can be helped with applying it. They must have parental consent for this.

Cherry Ames Peds RN

Cherry Ames Peds RN

Specializes in Peds, NICU, Case Mgmt, Asthma Ed, CF. Has 24 years experience. 18 Posts

Our district just changed the policy about sunscreen. It is now considered a "personal hygiene item" like deodorant or lip balm. Students may have a personal supply and self-apply. They may not share sunscreen. If parents want us to apply it, we require a doctor's order and parent permission (as we do with all medications). This is to protect both students and staff. We encourage parents to just apply sunscreen at home prior to field day/ field trips. We also encourage them to dress their child in appropriate protective clothing, such as hats and long sleeves.

uthscsa2011

uthscsa2011

Has 5 years experience. 106 Posts

In our district, we are not allowed to administer/apply any OTC meds/products, including handing out cough drops or sunscreen. Unless we have a doctor's order of course. Liability issue.