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Sun Safety for Babies

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by / Views 197 / June 11, 2015

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.

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