That’s because infants are at greater risk than adults of sunscreen side effects, such as a rash. The FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend keeping newborns and babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. The best sun protection for these infants is to stay in the shade.
When should babies start wearing sunscreen?
Sunscreen is OK to use on babies older than 6 months. Younger babies should use other forms of sun protection. The best way to protect babies from the sun is to keep them in the shade as much as possible. In addition, dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
Can you use normal sunscreen on babies?
What sort of sunscreen should I use on my baby? Choose creams or sprays for babies, as these are specially formulated for young skin and are safe to use from six months of age . Use a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15 against UVB rays (NHS Choices 2012, NICE 2011).
Where should I put sunscreen on my baby?
However, when shade is not available, it’s okay to apply a minimal amount of baby-safe sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to 50 (and no lower than SPF 15) to small areas of your baby’s body, such as the face, the back of the hands, and the tops of the feet, starting when the child is a newborn.
How do I protect my 3 month old from the sun?
Dress your baby in sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and pants. In addition, make sure your baby always wears a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. Minimize sunscreen use on children younger than six months old.
Do babies need sunscreen after 5pm?
Because infants’ skin is so sensitive, it’s better in the first six months to shield them from the sun rather than use sunscreen. It’s especially important to avoid direct sun exposure and seek the shade during the sun’s hours of greatest intensity, between 10 AM and 4 PM.
What is the difference between baby and Kid sunscreen?
Baby and kid sunscreens often have the same active ingredients as the adult versions, but with cuter labeling and marketing. Your kids won’t be more protected with a “baby” SPF 30 sunscreen than with a “regular” SPF 30 sunscreen, if both are water-resistant and have the same active ingredients.
What should I look for in baby sunscreen?
Find a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) between 15 and 50. Generally, 15 or 30 is fine for most babies. Opt for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for the most sensitive parts of baby’s bitty body, including the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders.
Why can’t you put sunscreen on babies under 6 months?
Sunscreen isn’t the only way to get some SPF. Many sunscreen bottles tell you not to use the product on babies under 6 months, since their skin is so thin and delicate. The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, says it’s okay to put a little sunscreen on your infant if you have to.
Why is sunscreen bad for babies?
Avoid sunscreen for babies younger than six months of age. Here’s why it’s not recommended: Babies’ skin may not be able to keep out the chemicals in sunscreen as effectively as older children and adults. Babies’ skin may be more sensitive and more likely to develop rash or irritation.
How long can a baby stay in the sun?
So parents are stuck with the current advice from the American Academy of Dermatology: Keep babies out of the sun for six months. After that, avoid midday sun, have children wear protective clothing and hats; seek shade; use sunglasses that block UVA and UVB; and use sunscreen.