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Best Sun Safety Practices for Babies

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Applying sunscreen to toddler nose

Apply Sunscreen


If shade and protective clothing are not available, the AAP approves of applying sunscreen to babies under the age of six months. It recommends only using it on small areas of exposed skin, such as the face, ears, neck, and the tops of hands and feet. Always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure, and use a product with an SPF of 15 or higher and one that is labeled "broad spectrum."

For babies older than six months, sunscreen can be applied all over the body, but be careful around the eyes. If your child wipes sunscreen into her eyes, wipe her eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth. Remember to use chemical-free sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and if a rash develops, talk to your child's doctor.

Next: Treat Sunburns with Care

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