Last week, this news came out. Essentially, the FDA, in their “Johnny-on-the-spot” regulation of sunscreen, declared that those sunscreens out there that proclaim 8 hour protection? Yeah, they’re now demanding studies to prove this (Wait, they’ve never proved it? Come ON FDA, what do we pay you for?)
Anyway, the fictional 8-hour sunscreen was pretty much the keystone for Margo’s daycare’s sunscreen policy. They, like most (all?) daycares in NC, treat sunscreen like a medication and have all these red-tape and regulations around it. They suggested parents put on the 8-hour brands in the morning and protect their kids all day.
Well, as lovely as that would be, it’s now not possible. (And never was!) I brought this to their attention and they were like “oh, we’ll be learning more in the weeks to come” etc. Generally unconcerned. So that was nice. I asked if they allowed me to bring in a doctor’s note and have the teachers apply it. After generally making it sound like an enormous pain in the ass that may or may not be worth it (they’re part of a chain of daycares and claimed it was the company policy to treat ss this way), I went for it. The doc’s note should be faxed today and tomorrow Margo will be sporting SPF 50.
But I’m still pissed. I’m annoyed the FDA does such a crappy job at this and after so much reading and self-education I’m *still* confused about sunscreen. I’m pissed about the way my (awesome, 5-star, expensive) daycare treated my concerns as not really that big of a deal. I’m pissed they haven’t told other parents and changed their policy, since it’s based around a product that’s not on the market anymore. I’m pissed when I pick her up and ALL THE KIDS are unprotected. I’m pissed she’s going to be *that kid* that has the special need before they go to recess, pissed I won’t be 100% certain it’s being applied with care and spots aren’t missed.
I never thought I’d be an “activist” but I’ll tell you what, when it’s my kid, BA-RING It.
I try not to stress about everything as a parent. She wears sunscreen *most* of the time with me, but I’ll admit not every single time. What we’re talking about here is every day all summer. That is not okay, and I would hope any parent would agree with that. It’s not the 70’s, we KNOW sunscreen decreases the rates of skin cancer. I hate that it’s only May and she’s getting color on her arms. She still hasn’t had a *burn* but we’ve come close.
So, friends, what would you do? Switch daycares on principle, since they show such little regard for ALL of the children’s well being? Hang in there since they’re working with us now that we have a doc note? Picket the center at drop-off and pick-up time to spread the word? I’m not looking to make enemies at the daycare, but for realz, this feels like it falls under “Not Gonna Take It, Mad As Hell”…