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Sun protection for babies and children
Rod Beckwith December 21, 2015


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Sun protection for babies and children

It is important to ensure infants are well protected from the sun. Childhood sun exposure contributes significantly to your lifetime risk of skin cancer, and babies’ skin is highly sensitive and can burn easily. Plan daily activities to minimise time outside during the middle hours of the day during the summer period when UV levels are at their strongest.

Whenever UV Index levels reach three and above, Cancer Council Australia recommends using a combination of sun protection measures, including to:

  • Slip on clothing that covers as much of the infant’s skin as possible.
  • Slop on broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above to any small areas of skin that cannot be protected by clothing.
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hat so the infant’s face, neck and ears are protected.
  • Seek Make use of any available full shade and provide shade for the infant’s pram, stroller or play area.
  • Slide on some sunglasses, if practical, to protect the eyes.

There is no evidence that using sunscreen on babies is harmful, although some babies may develop minor skin irritation. Try sunscreen milks or creams for sensitive skin which are less likely to irritate the skin. As with all products, use of any sunscreen should cease if any unusual reaction occurs.

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