Child care

Using Sunscreen in Infants

Sunscreen protects the skin from the harsh rays of sun. However, using certain sunscreens on babies is a subject of concern for parents. Some time ago, it was suggested to completely abstain from using sunscreen on infants. But now, this opinion is changing. Most recent research says it is advisable to use sunscreen in small areas of the baby’s body. This includes the back of the hands and on face. Other body parts should be covered with adequate clothing. Sunscreen can be used a bit liberally in babies older than six months. Some other information on using sunscreen in infants is provided below.

How to Apply Sunscreen on Babies

  • Sunscreen with SPF between 20 and 30 should be used on babies.
  • It is always advisable to test the sunscreen on the baby’s body. To test, apply sunscreen on the baby’s back and wait a few minutes. If any adverse reaction appears, discontinue use.
  • To apply sunscreen on baby’s body, take small amount into palms and rub them together. Now, rub your palms gently over the baby’s hands.
  • Avoid areas around the eyes and eyelids.
  • If your baby accidentally got sunscreen into his eyes, wipe them with a damp cloth. If the eyes tear, that means the baby’s eyes are burning. Wash out the eyes with cold water. Also, purchase a different brand of sunscreen – one containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Because a baby’s skin is very delicate, babies under 6 months of age should be kept completely out of the sunlight as a sun burn can form within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure. If necessary, use sunscreen  in small amounts. Babies wearing sunscreen should be prevented from putting their hands into their mouths or from licking a parent’s hand that was treated with sunscreen.

 

 

 

References

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/baby-sunscreen/AN02156

http://www.baby-safety-resources.com/babiessun.html

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