Baby Sun Safety
Getting too much sun can be dangerous, especially for children. Even children with dark skin need protection. Umbrellas and shade do not give enough protection. Protect your child in other ways, too.
- Do not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old. When taking your young baby outside, be sure his skin is covered and he is wearing a hat.
- Apply sunscreen when your child will be out in the sun, even in the winter. Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15-30. Apply it evenly to all exposed skin a half hour before going out.
- Dress your child in loose-fitting clothes that cover his arms and legs.
- During the hours of 10 AM–3 PM, keep children out of the sun as much as possible.
- Have him wear a wide-brimmed sun hat.
- Cover up on cloudy days, too—the sun can be just as strong even then.
- Put more sunscreen on after swimming.
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