Friday, May 20, 2011

Infant Sun Exposure

Can babies be in the sun?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under the age of 6 months avoid sun exposure.  Remember, there is no such thing as a “healthy tan” – regardless of age.

Whether outdoors, at the beach, or the swimming pool, it is recommended that babies be dressed in lightweight pants, long-sleeve shirts, and brimmed hats which shade the entire face.  Additionally, if your child will allow it, a pair of baby sunglasses which provide 97-100%  protection from UVA and UVB rays should be worn at all times while outdoors. 

Minimal amounts of sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 may be used in cases of unavoidable sun exposure.  The sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to being outdoors.

The summer can be fun, but also very dangerous.  Safety should always be the #1 priority for children while outdoors, especially when they are near any water, with adult supervision always present.

For specific questions regarding newborns and babies outdoor exposure, please consult with your physician.

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