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How Do I Protect My Toddler From the Sun?

Part of parenting is about being aware of all the things that can affect your child. While this can absolutely be stressful at times, it’s important to protect your child from things they aren’t old enough to understand. So while going out and playing outside with your toddler is an amazing way to spend the day, make sure it’s being done with sun protection in mind. So let’s take a deeper look into some good tips to protect your toddler from the sun and the importance of pediatric dermatology.

Tips to Protect Your Toddler From the Sun


While sunscreen is often applied during fun in the sun beach days, it’s actually beneficial to use sunscreen anytime you’re going to be outside for extended periods. It’s recommended that you use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30. Ensure the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The packing of the sunscreen should have this information.


Clothing is an essential part of providing your toddler protection from the sun. Clothing provides a protective layer that can block or even reflect light, depending on the material. So clothing like pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats are all great options. However, we understand that you don’t want your child to be too hot. So choose more breathable and thinner clothing that still adequately protects your child’s skin.


Shade is another great way to avoid direct sun exposure. If you’re in a park for the day, it’s a good idea to set up a resting spot in the shade away from sun exposure. You may not think about this on cooler or windy days, but UV exposure is just as dangerous, no matter the temperature. It’s recommended to avoid the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead. Go out in the morning or afternoon to enjoy more shade.

Keeping Your Child’s Skin Safe

The best form of care for your child is preventative care, and this is especially true for skin. That’s why our team at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center provides pediatric dermatology services to keep your child’s skin safe. Our team of doctors and staff understand that parents need that resource they can go to for their child’s skin needs, and we provide that needed comprehensive and compassionate care. So don’t way, contact our staff at 305-532-4478 today to speak with our team.

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