Sun Safety for Babies
Take a look at your weather app on your mobile device – wait for it. If you’re in the Northwest like I am, you see nothing but that smiling sun icon. Summer has finally arrived! But, if you have an infant, you may think twice about enjoying a little sunshine for fear that baby might get burned.
Your instincts are right on – but that doesn’t mean this summer has to be a bummer. You can still spend your days in the sun (slathered with mineral-based sunscreen, of course) while baby sits in the shade. Just follow these easy Sun Safety Tips for Infants, courtesy of the FDA.
- Keep your baby in the shade as much as possible.
- Consult your pediatrician before using any sunscreen on your baby. If you do use a small amount of sunscreen on your baby, don’t assume the child is well protected.
- Make sure your child wears clothing that covers and protects sensitive skin.
- Make sure your baby wears a hat that provides sufficient shade at all times.
- Watch your baby carefully to make sure he or she doesn’t show warning signs of sunburn or dehydration. These include fussiness, redness, and excessive crying.
- Hydrate! Give your baby formula or breast milk if you’re out in the sun for more than a few minutes. Don’t forget to use a cooler to store the liquids.