A YOUNG mum claimed her son was left “screaming” in agony with “blisters the size of golfballs” after using an Aldi sun cream during the heatwave last weekend.
Sinead-Leah Greenwood, 23, said she covered her son Johnny, 3, with the Lacura 50+ SPF baby sun lotion from the bargain-supermarket multiple times on Saturday, July 24.
How to protect your skin from the sun
As the weather hots up, make sure you take the right precautions to protect your skin from the sun. The NHS recommends you take the following steps:
- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- Make sure you never burn
- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- Take extra care with children
- Use at least factor 30 sunscreen
- Apply a thick layer of sunscreen 30 minutes before going into the sun and then again just before you go out
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours
But the mum-of-one was shocked and in tears when the tot woke in the middle of the night screaming in agony after developed huge blisters over his back and chest.
The shopworker from Heywood, Lancs, who said her son had never suffered sunburn before shared pictures of his distress as a warning after taking him to A&E.
Sinead said: "I feel devastated because I was the one who bought the cream.
"He was playing in the new paddling pool we bought him and had a t-shirt on but took it off because it started to get wet and heavy on his skin.
"I reapplied the sun cream multiple times in the day but I was a bit surprised when I noticed he was going red.
"I know he's only three but he's never had any kind of sunburn or reaction to the sun before, he usually just goes brown and within about an hour or two I noticed his skin was going red.
"He seemed fine during the day, we kept him out of the sun, the redness stayed the same, but there was nothing else to make me feel concerned.
"That night he went to sleep and woke up at 11pm screaming in pain.
"I was just covering him in aloe vera cream because he was so red.
"The only place that wasn't burned was his face and that's the only place I hadn't put the cream because his face does react to things."
The following day Sinead claimed she kept Johnny medicated on Calpol to deal with the pain but was devastated when she undressed him that evening to see “blisters the size of golf balls” had developed over his back and chest.
She said: "He was crying in pain and I was crying with him because they looked so painful.
"We were going to take him to A&E but he was so worn out and tired that we didn't want to wake him up and remind him of the pain so we took him the next morning.”
After sharing the images on Facebook, Sinead claimed she was contacted by other parents who have had the same experience but Aldi warned that the product label clearly states children should not be exposed to the midday sun at all.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “All of our sun protection products are rigorously tested and meet all necessary quality and safety standards.
“However, even high-factor sunscreens do not provide 100% protection and it's important that customers follow the instructions on the bottle, including not exposing babies and young children to direct sunlight.”
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