Monday, June 14, 2010

Baby Sun Care

The best way to keep your baby sun safe is to keep your baby out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun's rays are strongest. This isn't always possible so here are some more ideas......
  • Sun rays can go through clouds and can cause damage even on cloudy days. In the shade, the sun's rays can bounce from sand, concrete or snow.
  • When outside with young babies, dress the baby in clothing that covers all of the body. Long sleeves, long pants and a hat.
  • Hats should be worn outdoors. Look for one with a wide brim or bill such as a baseball cap.
  • Sunscreens are basically designed to block out the sun's rays. The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how much protection the sunscreen offers. An SPF of 30 means that a child can stay out in the sun 30 times longer than without the sunscreen.
  • Until August 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended against using any type of sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months. The recommendation has been revised somewhat. You can now use sunscreen on babies under 6 months if adequate shade isn't available but check with your health provider first. Apply a small amount of lotion to exposed skin after doing a patch test on your child's back.
  • Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure. Even waterproof sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
  • When outside keep your baby in the shade using an umbrella, stroller canopy or a sun protective tent.
I recommend as well as use Loving Naturals Organic/Natural SPF 30+. Loving Naturals blocks UVA/UVB, is Water resistant, Safe for babies, Non-Greasy and Vegan.

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