Because of their delicate skin and small bodies, babies can suffer sun-related effects such as sunburn and heatstroke in much shorter periods of time than adults. It is important, then, to think proactively about your baby’s sun protection and always be prepared for sun exposure when you’re going to be outside with your baby. Even a short walk down the block could result in a sunburn if you don’t take proper precautions. There are a number of ways you can protect your child from harmful UV rays.
1. Use The Shade: Though it seems obvious to keep your baby in the shade of trees or other sun-blockers whenever you are out in the sun, you can also take a shade producer with you to keep your baby safe during times where shade is hard to come by. Purchasing a stroller with a sun-blocker is necessary, especially if you live in a hot, sunny climate. If you already have a stroller, you can purchase a sun-blocker that attaches to a stroller at most baby supply stores. Bring along a sun-blocking umbrella that sticks into the ground for play-dates at the park or beach. Keeping the sun off of the baby’s skin is the best way to prevent sunburn.
2. Dress Your Baby In Protective Clothing: Though it’s important that your baby is in comfortable, breathable fabric, make sure to find styles with long sleeves and pants that can shield him from the sun. A hat, especially one that is wide enough to block the sun from the entire face, is essential. Hats not only protect the delicate facial skin of a baby, but also the eyes, which can become damaged when exposed to bright sunlight for long periods of time.
3. Always Use Sunscreen: It is important to always use a baby-safe sunscreen on your baby whenever you are taking him outside and to re-apply sunscreen every 4-5 hours. Look at drug stores and grocery stores for sunscreens that are SPF 45 or higher and that are for babies or for people with sensitive skin as babies have delicate skin that could become irritated with regular sunscreens.