• Use Sunscreen even on little babies. The American
Academy of Pediatrics has approved sunscreen for infants 6 months and
younger. Apply sunscreen all over your baby's face and body 20 minutes
before heading outside.
• Be vigilant. Your baby can't tell you she's had
too much sun, and it's important to avoid even minor sunburns. If her
skin looks red, she may have already been burned. Take her indoors
• Seek the Shade. Let your baby play outdoors, but limit direct exposure to the sun. Bring an umbrella or
a tent to the beach, park, or pool -- and get one specifically designed
to filter UV rays. Outfit your infant with a wide-brimmed hat, tightly
woven full-length clothing, and sunglasses, and go inside during the middle of the day.
• Test for Allergies. Use just a small amount
of lotion on Baby's skin at first to see if she is allergic to it.
Para-aminobenzoic (PABA) is the ingredient most often linked to allergic
reactions. Also watch for cinnamates, benzophenones, and anthranilates.
If your child's skin gets irritated, switch to a brand that contains
• Look for a high spf. Products with an SPF below
15 won't prevent overexposure to UV rays. For the best protection,
reapply a child's sunscreen with a high SPF every two hours when
outdoors. If your infant perspires or goes for a swim with you, reapply
every 40 minutes. Don't forget to cover the backs of ears, knees, and
hands. And remember to use sunscreen even on cloudy and cool days.
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