Monday, December 12, 2011

Protecting your Baby from the Sun

If your baby is six months or younger, you’ll need to protect them from direct sunlight at all times. If they’re older than six months, they can handle a litte more sun, but you still need to be very careful as they sunburn a lot faster than adults.

Protecting your baby from the sun will prevent sunburn as well as long-term damage such as premature wrinkles, aging, and more serious effects like melanoma.

As long as you follow these guidelines, you can still venture out into the sun with your baby and enjoy the good weather:

Talk to your doctor about using a sunscreen on your baby. They should be able to recommend one that’s safe, but be sure to test it on a small area of baby’s skin before applying it all over.

It’s best not to be out under the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays can be most damaging.

Find a cool, shady spot so your baby is never in direct sunlight. If there isn’t one, an umbrella should work find. Wide brimmed hats will keep the sun off their head and face if you’re walking in the sunshine.

Protect your baby’s eyes with a cute pair of little sunglasses with UV protection. They’re safe as well as adorable if you can manage to keep them on their face long enough.

Keep your baby’s sensitive skin protected with light-colored, tightly woven clothing. Staying away from reflective surfaces such as water and concrete should also help minimize any chance of sunburn.

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