Harmful UV Rays
Every mother is afraid for her child to get sunburn when she takes them out in sun. Nobody wants their child to get hurt from harmful UV rays. That sensitive skin can be protected from the sun by using Baby Sun Protection which ensures that your child’s sensitive and soft skin is safe from that harsh sunlight. Sunlight contains UV rays that harm the kidskin and causes tanning/sunburns and in severe cases skin cancer.
Baby Sun Protection comes in various forms such as sticks, creams, gels, and sprays. Creams are most commonly used for dry skin. Sticks are usually used under the eye region. Sun Protection in spray form is easy to apply but we make it hard for us to know the quantity we have applied is good enough or not, also there are chances of the kids breathing in the fumes. Some sprays are flammable so parents need to avoid areas where sparks or flames can be found.
When can Babies start wearing sunscreen to protect themselves from Harmful UV Rays?
Babies have different recommendations for different age groups. At the earliest babies can start wearing sunscreen at the age of 6months.
Babies under 6 months of age:
babies under 6 months of age should be protected from direct sunlight recommended by The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP). But when it is necessary to go out in sun then a little amount of sunscreen in the open areas can be used. Sunscreen used should be SPF 15 minimum that can go up to SPF 30-50.
Babies of 6 months or above:
Babies who are under this category of age must apply sunscreen of SPF 30-50 on all exposed areas of skin. But precaution should be taken for irritation. To check for irritation, apply a small amount of sunscreen on a patch of skin of your baby 48 hours before going out. If any irritation develops stop using the product and go to your pediatrician for further consultation.
Amount of sunscreen to be applied
For children, 6 months and above, take a good amount of sunscreen and spread it over the exposed skin of the baby 15-30 minutes before going out in the sunlight. For babies under 6 months of age small amount of sunscreen is applied to the exposed skin, be careful of eyes, nose, and ears.
If any small amount of sunscreen goes in the baby’s eyes, ears and nose, take a wet towel and wipe these areas gently and also wipe it from the fingers of the baby.
How often should we apply sunscreen?
We should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, if it is waterproof, and more often if it is not. Although companies say that it is waterproof but keep in mind that it wears off after swimming or sweating and takes up to 30 minutes to be effective after application.
Also, apply sunscreen all year long. Do not leave apply it just for summers as UV rays don’t just enter Earth during summers, it is throughout the year
What to see while choosing a sunscreen for your little toddler?
1) While choosing a sunscreen for your baby, choose something which is especially for babies, which is waterproof, even if your toddler is not going to get wet.
2) See whether the sunscreen contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to prevent rashes as it will stay on the baby’s skin and not penetrate through the skin like other chemicals.
3) Avoid sunscreen containing PABA, oxybenzone, phthalate, and paraben.
4) Choose sunscreen having SPF 30-50. Don’t choose sunscreen below SPF15 as it might not be effective against UV rays.
5) Choose sunscreen having a broad spectrum, it will provide safety from UVA rays and UVB rays.
6) Avoid sunscreen containing insect repellents as it may be less effective and if you want to put it then put it separately.