Sun Protection for Infants
Sun-safe babies are happy babies! Unlike adult skin, baby skin is lighter and much more sensitive, which is why it is so important for parents to protect their baby’s skin from the sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends keeping babies out of direct sun for the first six months. Failure to protect an infant’s skin can lead to a sunburn, which can quickly turn into a medical emergency from blisters, fever, infection and dehydration. It can also increase your child’s risk of developing skin cancer later on in life. Here’s what you can do to protect your child’s skin:
Dress your baby in sun-protective clothing. Choose outfits or onesies that are lightweight, long-sleeved and offer excellent protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends toddlers wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats or sun bonnets, ideally with brims 4” around or greater.
Seek the shade
Keep infants out of direct sunlight. Avoid spending time outdoors with your infant when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you want to get some fresh air with your little one, find a shady spot in the morning to sit with your baby and always utilize the sun shield on the baby carriage during walks.
Be safe on the road
Car windows don't protect against harmful sun exposure. Always keep your baby hydrated and cool while on the road. Be sure to apply a UV-blocking shade or film to the window closest to the car seat.
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