Baby Sun Protection: Sunscreen, Hats, and Clothing

Baby Sun Protection: Sunscreen, Hats, and Clothing

Taking your baby for a daytime outing can be lots of fun. Here are a few tips for protecting your baby's skin while enjoying the sun.

In a child's world, the sun often wears a big smile. Unfortunately, most of the aging, cancer-causing effects of the sun are tied to the exposure a person receives before the age of 20.

That said, knowing the truth about the sun's rays shouldn't dim the joys of being outdoors. You can protect your baby's skin from the sun in three key ways:

  • Use sunscreen regularly. Be generous with a broad-spectrum, SPF 15 or higher preparation for babies over 6 months old. For younger infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends applying sunscreen sparingly on the hands, face, and feet if they're exposed, though covering these areas is the best approach to sun protection.
  • Try to stay out of the sun, especially between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Cover up your baby's skin with clothes and hats.

Keep these three tips in mind and enjoy the sun and its benefits, like vitamin D!

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Awesome

Andy 2/2/2016

As a beach lover, i have learned a lot.

Great advice

1/27/2016

I found this article to be very informative because my baby has lighter skin like his mother and can easily burn during those peak hours of the sun.

Great Tips

Selina 1/16/2016

Will share with my husband who is ready to hit the beach for April vacation

Great tips

12/5/2015

Will share with dad who's s beach lover. I can't emphasize enough child needs to be protected.

Useful Tips

Clara 12/3/2015

Very useful tips. Thanks.

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