Caring for your newborn's skin in the sun

May 8, 2016

A baby's delicate skin needs extra protection from the sun. However, it's not safe to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months old because their skin is simply too sensitive. So what can you do to safeguard your little one's skin when the sun is out? To mark Sun Awareness Week (a national campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer and its causes) we've created a handy guide to caring for your new bubba's skin when the weather heats up:

  1. Dress baby in loose cotton clothing. Breatheable natural fabric, like linen and cotton lawn, is excellent for keeping baby cool because it allows the air to circulate. It also helps to soothe itchy eczema by reducing the perspiration that exacerbates the urge to itch.
  2. Choose babygrows that cover the arms and legs. Although this might seem counterintuitive, clothes that cover the body are better than vests because they protect the skin from the sun's harsh rays.
  3. Opt to go out for a stroll before 10am or after 4pm to avoid those hours when the sun is at its hottest. And pull down the hood on your pram if the sun is very bright.
  4. If you do go out when the sun it at its highest you must keep baby out of direct sunlight, especially at midday when the sun is at its highest and can cause sunburn in a short amount of time. Always sit in the shade and put a sun hat on your baby that covers the back of the neck and protects the ears and face.
  5. Place sunblinds or sunshades on your car window to protect baby from UV rays when out for a drive.
  6. Remember that your baby may feel extra thirsty when the weather is hotter. If you're breastfeeding offer your baby regular feeds to ensure that your bubba doesn't become dehydrated. 

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