Infant sun protection: How parents can keep their baby safe

June 6, 2018

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person's chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life.

  1. Keep your baby in the shade.
  2. 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.
  3. Minimize sunscreen use on children younger than six months old. However, if shade and adequate clothing are not available, parents and caretakers may apply a minimal amount of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to their children's skin. Sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are less likely to irritate a baby's sensitive skin. Remember to reapply your child's sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating, as there is no such thing as "waterproof" sunscreen.
  4. Stay safe on hot days. In addition to sun protection, stay safe on hot days by making sure your baby does not get overheated and drinks plenty of fluids. If your baby is fussy, crying excessively or has redness on any exposed skin, take him or her indoors immediately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTWLQTGsCtc https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/infants

 


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