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Baby Sun Protection: Sunscreen, Hats, and Clothing

Baby Sun Protection: Sunscreen, Hats, and Clothing

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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magic hats

5/12/2016
I love hats on my grandson, but he's so stubborn it's hard to keep it on him..I find distracting him by making him laugh tends to work, but just in case I do spray him down with 2 different sunscreens.

fun at the lake

Tammy 5/10/2016
we made sure that our 4 month old grandson had a hat and a cool outfit on. we covered him up with a blanket to help and shaded him under trees. He had a blast at the lake this was his first time going.

Baby sunglasses

5/8/2016
Sometimes a hat is not sufficient. How safe and effective are the baby sunglasses.

SPF-protected clothing

4/25/2016
There's plenty of swimsuits and rashguards AND baby hats with SPF protection in them - sometimes it takes a little bit of intense looking but you can seriously find SPF-everything!

Good to know

alyc4t 4/25/2016
this is good to know
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