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Sun Safety for Children

parent applying sunscreen on child

Children love being outside. However, their skin needs protection from the effects of the sun even more than adults.

What SPF Should a Child Use?

You should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on your child, and it should be labeled as providing broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection. Apply a generous amount to your child’s skin 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply often, especially as they sweat or after swimming.

Should I Put Sunscreen on My Child Every Day?

Your child should wear sunscreen on any day they’ll be outside. They can get burned and be exposed to UV rays even on cloudy days.

Which Sunscreen is Best for Toddlers?

For toddlers, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Mineral sunscreens with ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are preferred by many dermatologists.

Which Baby Sunscreen is Best?

It’s best to keep babies under six months old out of the sun and avoid using sunscreen on them. Their skin has less melanin than older children have, so they’re more vulnerable to sun damage and they may also be sensitive to sunscreen ingredients. If your baby is out in the sun, dress them in a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and lightweight long sleeves and pants. And if you must use sunscreen, use a small amount of mineral sunscreen.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen on a Child?

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun and be reapplied every 2 hours. If your child has been in the water or has been sweating, sunscreen should be applied more often.

How Can We Protect Our Children from the Sun?

You should choose a mineral sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when your child is outdoors. Lightweight, loose clothing that covers the body is helpful, and you should also use a generous amount of sunscreen on your child and reapply it frequently.

Should Babies Get Sunlight?

Babies under the age of 6 months should avoid the sun when possible. Since their skin is more sensitive, it’s also more vulnerable to sun damage.

To learn more about how to protect your child from the effects of the sun, make an appointment today with Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center. Our dermatologists can offer the best solutions for protecting your child’s skin.

 

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