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Infant Sun Safety

Infant Sun Safety

Summer is here and it’s a great time to get the whole family outdoors for fun and exercise. But, remember infant skin can sunburn easily and requires extra precautions. Start by keeping your baby out of direct sunlight by shading her stroller or carriage with a canopy, using an umbrella at the beach or park and installing window shades in the back of your car. And, try these additional tips:

  • Dress baby in lightweight clothing that covers arms and legs
  • Put a wide brim hat on her head that shades ears and back of neck
  • Cover baby’s eyes with infant sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays
  • Apply sunscreen to only small areas of exposed skin, such as the face, for babies younger than 6 months. For older babies, apply to all exposed areas of body
  • Plan activities before 10 am or after 4 pm when sun’s rays aren’t so strong

And, pay attention to baby’s hydration in the summer heat. If your baby is at least 6 months, you can offer small amounts of drinking water or purified, steam-distilled water, such as Nursery®. Check with your pediatrician as to how much is best for your baby.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Sun-Safety.aspx

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