Sun Protection for Babies – Keep your Little One UV Protected
The sun is harmful for us. The Ultra Violet radiations lead to a number of problems including skin cancer. Unfortunately, we don’t care much when it comes to baby skin. It is not possible to avoid taking your baby out.
So, how to protect your baby from harsh rays of sun? It is best to keep the baby out of the sun when he is an infant. Once the baby is six months old and wants to crawl and play outside look after her delicate skin using a sunscreen and sun hat. It is best to the baby away from sun when it is the hottest. So stay away between 11a.m. and 3p.m.
Sunscreens for your Baby
These days, many sunscreens and lotions are available on the market specially formulated for babies. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. The sunscreen should offer both UVA and UVB protection. These are clearly stated on the packaging.
How to Apply?
Apply ample amount of sunscreen thickly to every area of baby’s skin not covered by clothes. Make sure you cover his hands and feet. You must apply sunscreen on baby’s skin at least half an hour prior to taking him outdoors. Reapply sunscreen at least every couple of hours. If the baby will play in water, the sunscreen you buy should be waterproof.
Test before You Apply
It is important to test new sunscreen on a small area before applying to any exposed areas. In case, the baby develops a rash or redness at the test spot, you must choose a hypoallergenic formula.
Other Tips to Protect Babies
Keep your baby in the shade as far as possible. Use an umbrella or a scarf to cover the head of the baby. If your baby uses a crab or a pram, make sure it has a cover to give shade under the sun. Cover baby’s hands and feet with clothes made from lightweight closely woven fabric, such as cotton.
Use a wide brimmed hat to cover baby’s face, ears and neck. For babies, you can use one with elastic strap that tucks under her chin.
Following the above stated tips to protect your baby from harsh rays of sun and sunrays.