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Sun Protection for Babies & Everyone!

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No matter what month the calendar says, it's always good to get outside and soak up some rays! 

However before venturing outdoors with your babies, be sure to follow these sun protection tips: 

  • Keep infants and small children out of the sun as much as possible from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm
  • Look for a product that has an SPF of at least 30 that protects against both kinds of ultraviolet rays - UVA and UVB
  • Test first. It's better to discover that your baby has sensitivity to the sunscreen via a small test patch before you apply it over the exposed skin. (Put a small amount on the back of babies hand and wait a little while to see if redness or a rash develops)
  • Apply early and often. Spread the sunscreen all over any exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside - all sunscreens need time to bond with the skin
  • Even if you're only going to the local playground for an hour, choose a broad-brim or legionnaire style hat or bucket hat so the infants' face, neck and ears are protected, use loose fitted clothing and wraps to cover the children's skin and sunscreen to the exposed areas
  • Apply liberally – this means at least one teaspoon per limb for children. Adults need to use about seven teaspoons of sunscreen (35mls or a good cupped handful)
  • Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours – more often if you're outside for long periods of time or if it claims to be water resistant of up to four hours
  • Provide adequate shade and regularly check positioning of infants' clothing, pram, stroller or play area to ensure adequate protection from the sun
  • Check the use-by dates – over time, the chemicals contained in sunscreens break down or separate so it cannot provide the amount of protection indicated
  • Don’t leave sunscreens in the car. Ideally, to prolong their life and effectiveness, they should be stored in cool places below 30°C
  • Remember to set a good example by protecting your own skin too - "slip, slop, slap, and wrap"! 

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