Babies and ChildrenHow to protect baby's skin from the sun

How to protect baby’s skin from the sun

Protecting the baby’s skin from the sun is essential since it tends to be thinner and more delicate, so if the sun protection is not adequate it will burn very easily. Find out how to protect it easily and correctly.

Every summer many people worry about the health of their skin, and tend to protect it – in many cases not in the most correct or adequate way – on those days when they go to the beach or sunbathe in the pool. However, they forget that, in reality, we must protect our skin whenever we go outside and not only in summer. The reason is more than evident: the sun not only appears in the summer months, it is always there, and on those days when we go out and / or spend long periods outside the house outside, it is equally important to protect ourselves. Skin with a sunscreen.

When it comes to protecting the skin from the sun, there is no doubt that if you have a baby this is even more important, since the baby’s skin is especially delicate and if we do not protect it properly it burns very easily. For this reason, the mother or father must worry – and take care – in their adequate protection, especially to keep them in perfect health and prevent them from being damaged despite the sun’s rays, which later in adulthood can be very dangerous (especially if the sun protection is not adequate and  continuous sunburn occurs, since it increases the risk of the child suffering from skin cancer in adulthood).

Why should we always protect baby’s skin from the sun?

The skin of babies and children is more sensitive to the sun’s rays, mainly because it is thinner than that of an adult person, and because it still does not produce the adequate amount of melanin, whose melanocytes actually tend to function normally from the two years.

In fact, did you know that only 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun are enough for the skin of a baby or a child to burn? Obviously, solar photoprotection must be maintained throughout the year, since the baby can burn even on cloudy days or when it is cold, since UV radiation is still present even when the sunlight is not visible and we do not feel heat.

Helpful Tips to Protect Baby’s Skin from the Sun Properly

Avoid direct exposure if the baby is very young

It is preferable to avoid, as far as possible, direct exposure to the sun in the first 3 to 6 months of age of the baby, since in the first months of life the skin of the little one tends to be even more delicate. Especially between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, which are the times of the day when the sun’s rays are much stronger.

Always apply a sunscreen

Whenever you are going to go out with your baby, or when you are going to go to the beach or the pool with him for a little while, it is very important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Even if you put the baby in the shade, since in reality only babies that are indoors or in open areas but completely shaded are those that can remain without sun protection.

Currently on the market you can find different brands and sunscreens specially designed for the protection of the skin of the little ones. About the SFP index, it is advised that it be at least 30 or higher.

And when to apply sunscreen? It is advisable to do it at least 30 minutes before going out, and then reapply it again every 2 hours, especially if the baby has sweated or has been playing in the water. In these cases it is also recommended to use a waterproof sunscreen.

The most suitable clothes to wear

It is advisable for the baby to always wear a hat or cap to protect it from both the sun and the heat. Also long pants of light fabric and long-sleeved shirts. In fact, it is recommended to use cotton and linen fabrics as they are the coolest and best absorb heat.

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