- 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.
Hope, Baby Hope's Cloth Diapers