when can babies use sunscreen

Can Babies Wear Sunscreen?

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Your baby’s skin is sensitive. That’s why taking care of her skin is important, especially from the sun. By doing so, you prevent her from burning and as a result, she’ll have a healthy skin. Sunscreen is the most common product to use. However, can you apply it to her tender and delicate skin?

When can babies use sunscreen?

Sunscreen can be applied to a baby older than six months. You can freely apply it to your little one. Just be aware of the product you choose and use the best one. Kindly apply the sunscreen. You can do it every two hours or more, depending on the time you spend outside.

However, you cannot apply sunscreen to your baby if she’s under six months old. It’s true that at that age, your baby immune system is not well-developed and cannot fight the sunlight yet. It only takes 10-15 minutes for the sun to burn your baby’s skin.

But sunscreen will be too much for her. She cannot handle the chemicals contained in the sunscreen yet.

Choosing the right product.

There are so many products you can find on the market. But you cannot just use random sunscreen for your baby. Remember, it is your baby. Everything about her should be calculated and considered twice. Below are some tips for you to choose the right product for your baby.

  • Choose a baby-friendly product. Applying normal sunscreen to your baby can cause irritation
  • Choose a sunscreen product that contains SPF 3o or more. Make sure that products highlight the protection on UVA and UVB.
  • Waterproof sunscreen is also important. Look at the product and find the waterproof label. Even though you’re not going to the beach, applying waterproof sunscreen can last longer.
  • A sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is good to protect your baby’s eyes and skin from irritation.
  • Don’t use products that have a mix of sunscreen and insect repellent DEET. Sunscreen has to be reapplied continuously, while insect repellent just has to be applied once.

How does sunscreen work?

Sunscreen is used to protect the skin from the ultraviolet that the sun projects. The combination of organic and inorganic active ingredients is what keeps your skin safe from the radiation.

Inorganic ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide reflect the ultraviolet radiation while organic ingredients such as octyl methoxycinnamate or oxybenzone absorb UV radiation, removing it as heat.

Protection from direct sunlight is important because UV-A and UV-B can cause sunburns, risk of skin cancer, and other skin problems.

The danger of sunlight direct exposure can threat adults, making it more dangerous for your little one.

Side effects of sunscreen on infants

A common side effect of using sunscreen is your baby’s skin will get dry. However, there are some rare side effects such as acne, contact dermatitis, inflammation of a hair follicle, rash, or skin irritation.

Alternative for sunscreen

Don’t be too protective. Even though there is a danger out there, your baby still needs to go out and experience the outer world.

Ideally, your baby has to spend 50% or 80% of her time to play outside. And outside is where the sun shines brightly.

You can try the tips below to keep your little one out of the sunlight reach.

  • Don’t go out during peak hours. It is when the sun is at its hottest, which is between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect her face.
  • Use loose clothing that covers all of her body.
  • Stay in a shady area such as under a tree.
  • Use a blanket as an extra cover.

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