Sun Safety for babies
Here are some simple steps that can help you and baby enjoy the sun without sunburn:
- Stay out of the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when the sun's rays are strongest.
- Keep baby in the shade.
- Put a hat on baby, and dress baby in lightweight clothes that cover the body.
- Protect baby from sunburn whenever you go outside for any length of time, since baby can also get a sunburn on overcast days.
- When baby is older than 6 months, always put sunscreen lotions on baby and yourself when you'll be in the sun. The lotion should have a 15 or higher SPF (sun protection factor). Test a small area on your baby's skin for a possible reaction before applying all over. Put the lotion on 30 minutes before you go out. Reapply lotion every 2 hours.
- If you use a stroller, keep the sun shade on. If you or baby do get sunburned, put cool, wet towels on the burns. Call the doctor for burns that produce a fever or blisters.