Suncare Tips For Babies and Kids
CHILDREN NEED TO GET USED TO WEARING SUNSCREEN. It’s as essential as bathing and brushing their teeth.
HOW TO AVOID A DAILY STRUGGLE
LET THEM APPLY IT THEMSELVES FIRST.
Don’t worry about the mess. Once they’re done, you can give them a good once-over yourself.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
Tell your child that sunscreen is special “makeup” or “paint,” and write words or letters on their body and let them do the same to you.
LET THEM SEE YOU USE SUNSCREEN ON YOURSELF.
It will get them into a natural routine of protecting themselves every time they are in the sun.
HOW TO ENJOY THE SUN WITH OUR LITTLE ONE(S) IN A SAFE WAY
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing babies in light weight clothing and brimmed hats, keeping babies under 6 months of age out of direct sunlight and when not able to avoid the sun, then apply sunscreen.
- Keep babies in the shade, under a tree, an umbrella, or a canopy.
- Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but will not protect children from the heat.
- Give lots of cool liquids. Water or breast milk are best.
- Never use baby oil to protect children from the sun. It will not protect them and will do them more harm.