If your baby is under 6 months of age, the use of sunscreen is not recommended. For these tiny babies, it’s important to minimize direct sun exposure. Keep infants in the shade whenever possible and dress them in clothing that covers their skin (preferably clothing that contains UVA, UVB, or UPF protection). Your baby should also wear a lightweight, broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses to maximize sun protection.
If your little one does need to wear sunblock, apply a minimal amount. When used for the first time, you’ll want to test it out ahead of time on just a small patch of skin to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction before covering their exposed skin with it.
When choosing a sunscreen for your little one, there are a few things to look out for. You’ll want to look for a mineral sunscreen (as opposed to a synthetic sunscreen) to put on your baby. Synthetic sunscreens contain non-natural, chemical ingredients that can cause health problems while mineral sunscreens use minerals as their active ingredients. Baby sunscreen ingredients should include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are found in mineral sunscreens. These ingredients sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed by it, meaning they’ll protect your baby’s skin and eyes from becoming irritated.
The SPF of your newborn sun protection should be at least 30 and up to 50 (beyond 50 has been shown to not have an effect). You’ll also want to choose a broad-spectrum sunblock for protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
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