How to protect your baby from the sun
Although right now our daily life is immensely influenced by the lockdown, we all look forward to having the normal life again and especially the outdoor season, summer, is coming now. Once we can go out to enjoy the sunshine, parents must be carful about their baby’s sun protection and themselves as well.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.
When adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF ( sun protection facto r) on infants under 6 months to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.