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Sun Safety for Babies and Young Children

Babies and young children have sensitive skin that can easily be damaged by the sun. While everyone needs protection from the sun, babies and young children are dependent on parents and caregivers to keep them safe from the sun's harmful rays. Some tips to remember:

  • do not apply sunscreen to a baby until he is at least six months old

  • dress babies in long-sleeve tops and pants and a sun hat

  • when outside, keep baby in a shady spot or make your own shade with an umbrella or stroller canopy

  • never leave a child alone in a motor vehicle, even with a window slightly open

  • once the child is over six months of age, apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that protects from both UVA and UVB rays

  • apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun and re-appy every two hours

  • avoid being outdoors from mid-morning to mid-after when the sun's rays are the strongest

  • help young children beat the heat by giving them lots of water to drink

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