JWoww does not pull punches.
Jenni Farley—also known as JWoww—never thought that posting an innocent family pic to Instagram would make her the latest mom to come under fire, but that's exactly what happened over the weekend.
The former Jersey Shore star shared a photo of her husband, Roger Matthews, and their two-month-old son, Greyson, splashing around in a pool. The photo is adorable (as is her son, who looks incredibly cute in his fedora), but some of the star's followers found fault with it: Specifically, they accused Jenni of neglecting to apply sunscreen on her son.
“Put sunscreen on that child," one Instagram user commented.
But Jenni—who is also mother to one-year-old Meilani Matthews—fired back at the critics with a scathing follow-up post. "Not even sure why I am even doing this but I feel like schooling people on my previous post," she vented. "First off, my son is two months and in a salt water pool up to his belly...Probably for a total of 3 minutes. But second is where I need to really educate trolls...Let me explain to the haters that decided to comment about no sunscreen and the dangers bla bla bla."
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Not even sure why I am even doing this but I feel like schooling people on my previous post. First off, my son is two months and in a salt water pool up to his belly... Probably for a total of 3 minutes. But second is where I need to really educate trolls... Let me explain to the haters that decided to comment about no sunscreen and the dangers bla bla bla My son actually does have sunscreen on. It's the same concept as diaper cream. Probably even better than the crap shit you lather your children in. Remember ass holes im in the tanning industry and pride myself on knowing this. So, here is what I mixed for my son so I know for the 2 minutes he would be safe: Coconut Oil- SPF 4-6 Zinc Oxide SPF 2-20 depending on how much used Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 35-40... Go enjoy your Sunday now 💅🏼😒🖕
She went on to explain that her son was protected from the sun in the photo she posted, and even gave the recipe for the homemade sunscreen she mixed for him.
When it comes to newborn babies, sunscreen application is a complicated issue. Fit Pregnancy checked in with two experts and asked them to weigh in on what is truly safe for babies at this age.
"With regards to sunscreen use in infants, it should be limited," Susan Dulkerian, MD, the director of newborn services at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, said. "More importantly, children less than 6 months of age should not be in the direct sunlight. Use an umbrella, or [stay in] shady areas if possible. The infant should be dressed in loose lightweight clothing that covers most of them. Don’t forget a hat!"
According to Dr. Dulkerian, sunscreen application should be handled carefully. "If the child must be in the sun, only apply to a small area [to test it out]," she explained. "If a rash develops, wash it off and contact your doctor. Use screen with a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide base. Keep away from the eyes. Use sunscreen with both UVB and UVA ray blockers (usually labeled ‘broad spectrum’) of SPF 15 or greater. It should be applied 15-20 minutes before going in the sun, and of course reapplied after several hours and swimming."
Linda Fu, MD, a pediatrician at Children's National Health System, echoed this idea. "Although there is no evidence suggesting that sunscreen applied to small areas such as the face or back of hands is harmful to infants, infants less than 6 months old should avoid sun exposure," she said. "To prevent sunburns, infants should be dressed in lightweight clothes that cover arms and legs as well as in hats with brims that shade the neck. The best advice regarding infants and sun exposure is to keep infants in the shade, so that they don't need any sunscreen at all."
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