Healthy skincare habits begin early. By taking steps now to protect your baby's delicate skin from the sun's harmful rays, he can enjoy a lifetime of healthy skin.
Newborn Sun Safety
Babies under 6 months should not spend any time in the direct sun. Because your baby's own photo-protection is still underdeveloped, sunburn can occur despite your best sun blocking efforts — and it may take only 10 to 15 minutes for his skin to burn!
Most pediatricians recommend that sunscreen products not be used on babies under 6 months of age, which means you'll need other methods of protection. When taking your baby outdoors:
- Stay indoors between 10 am and 2 pm, the hottest part of the day
- A hat with a brim is a must
- Loose clothing can help protect the rest of your baby's skin
- Sit under shade, or create your own, with an awning or a light blanket
Even on cloudy days or while riding in the car, always use a sunscreen specially developed for babies. If your baby is younger than 6 months of age, discuss the use of sunscreens with your pediatrician or other healthcare provider.
Even older babies (and children) should avoid exposure to direct sun for any extended period. They should always wear protective clothing and sunglasses. Check with your pediatrician or other healthcare provider about using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 30) that's formulated just for babies.
As your child grows and matures far past babyhood, continue to ensure that his skin is carefully protected from the sun. By establishing healthy habits, you can provide nurturing care for your baby now, and for years to come.
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