Sunburn is a real danger for babies

Any time that you and your children are in the sun -- out at the beach, the park, the ball game, or the backyard -- you should be thinking about sunburn. This is especially true with infants. Their skin is so thin and new that it takes just a little sun to cause a sunburn. Babies also have little ability to cool themselves when they overheat, making sun exposure a double threat.

There are three problems with sunburn:

  • Sunburn can happen very quickly with a baby or small child.
  • Sunburn is extremely painful and uncomfortable for your child once it happens.
  • Every sunburn a child gets increases the potential for skin cancer as an adult.

Steps you can take to avoid sunburn

  • Babies younger than 6 months old should never be in direct sunlight

  • Avoid the sun completely during the hours of 10AM to 4PM whenever possible

  • Use clothing and hats to block the sun

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible

  • Use baby or kids sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) generously on exposed skin

  • Use UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your children's eyes

  • Always be conscious of your child's sun exposure.

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