Tips for keeping your baby safe in the sun

Summer is just around the corner and we know how hot and strong our sun is. Here are 3 main tips to going out during the hot summer days with your baby:

Seek the shade:  To protect your baby’s skin, keep her out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. Until her second year, she hasn’t got much melanin – the hormone associated with protecting skin in the sun. If you do go out at that time, make sure your baby’s head is covered with a hat and a sun shade.

Slip on a hat & sunglasses: Dark colors like black and navy absorb the sun, so get your baby wearing lighter shades to keep her cool. Protect her eyes and head with sun glasses and a hat too.

Fill up on fluids: Keeping your baby hydrated will help her regulate her body temperature. So make sure she get lots of fluids in her throughout the day.

Slather on the sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Look for the words “broad spectrum” on the label. “Broad spectrum” means the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours. Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your baby’s skin, including the tips of the ears, the back of the neck, and the tops of the feet.

*Toddlers & kids should also wear sunscreen specially if they go to school or summer camps. 

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