It's summertime, is your baby ready for fun in the sun? Your baby's skin is delicate and extremely sensitive to just about everything, especially the sun and its harmful rays. While enjoying the outdoors with your baby, keep their skin protected with these helpful tips:
- Keep your baby out of the sun as much as possible. Stay indoors or utilize sunshades and umbrellas when outdoors.
- Avoid exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun's rays are the strongest.
- Use sunscreen with a SPF (sun protective factor) of 15 or higher on infants older than 6 months. If your child is younger than 6 months of age and proper shade or clothing is unavailable, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends applying a small amount of sunscreen to areas such as infant's face and hands. Before buying a sunscreen for your baby, we strongly recommend visiting the Environmental Working Group to see how safe the chemicals are in your sunscreen before applying it to your baby's skin.
- Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply often.
- Protect your baby’s skin with hats and clothing that filters as much light as possible (loose fitting cotton clothing with tight weaving is recommended).
- Look for baby clothes with a high SPF. Most clothing only offers an SPF of 4-8.
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