Sunscreen for toddlers

June 26, 2018

Trips to the park, picnics, barbecues, and ballgames in the garden; when the weather heats up it's great fun to spend the day outdoors. But if you're taking your child outside be sure to protect their delicate skin with sunscreen to reduce the risk of sun damage, sunburn, and sunstroke. Here are our top tips for safeguarding your toddler's skin from the sun:

1. Apply a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). A minimum of factor 15 is advised for babies over 6 months and toddlers. Remember that sunscreen is not safe for babies under 6 months!! Click here for more details on sun skincare for newborns.

2. When applying sunscreen  over any exposed areas of the body, pay close attention to the ears, nose, shoulders, and back of the neck, which are often the first to become red and burn. Some sunscreens need to be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun and others need to be reapplied every few hours - always read the guidance on the bottle and follow through. Use a waterproof sunscreen if you plan on going to the seaside. Remember that the sun can still damage the skin even when the clouds are out so always apply sunscreen and continue to reapply it throughout the day to keep your child protected.

3. Avoid the sun when it's at its peak between 10-4pm to bypass the period of the day when UV radiation is at its strongest.

4. Put long  sleeved tops and hats on your children if you can't avoid going out during peak UV hours. Sun hats with wide brims and long backs are ideal for protecting the face and back of the neck (make sure your toddler has a hat for pre-school and nursery play-time too). Clothes made of cotton or linen are best for keeping a child cool.

5. Try to stay in the shade! Trees, umbrellas, and canopies are perfect for avoiding the midday sun. Babies under six months old should remain in the shade at all times because their skin is super delicate and burns very easily.



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