How to protect the little one from the sun

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Walking outside in a sunny weather is one of the most enjoyable experiences for the mother and her baby. However, it is important to protected the baby from the sun as much as possible to avoid burning and damaging its delicate skin. That is why, Oscar will help you with some useful tips for sun protection of your little one.

How to protect your baby from the sun?

When you are outside with your baby, try to keep it in the shade as much as possible - under a tree, umbrella, etc. It is important not to be in the sun during the hottest hours of the day - from 11 am to 3 pm, and for babies under 6 months it is better not to be exposed to direct sunlight at all - their skin is still too vulnerable and exposure in the sun can cause sunburn in just 10-15 minutes.

The little one should be dressed in light clothes made of natural fabric, e.g. cotton. For the head, choose a hat that covers the ears, face and neck. Apply sunscreen to the uncovered areas.

What sunscreen should I use?

When the baby is over 6 months, use a lotion with a sun protection factor over 15.

If possible, at least 15 minutes before going out, apply the lotion on those parts of the child's body that are not covered. If you are out with it for longer, you should apply the lotion periodically.

If your baby has more sensitive skin, suffers from rashes, eczema or other skin irritations, make sure that the lotion does not worsen the condition of the skin.

What to do in case of burns?

Sunburn is usually not immediately noticeable, it should take several hours before the redness and pain appear.

In these cases, you can take the following measures:

  • dip a towel in cold water, wring it out and cover the affected areas with it - do this several times a day.

  • bathe your baby in slightly warm water to soothe the skin and reduce redness

  • gently apply lotion to the skin to soothe it

  • give more fluids to your baby or breastfeed more often to make up for fluids lost through sweating

  • in case of more severe burns, consult your doctor

By following these tips, you can protect your baby's skin so that he enjoys the moments spent outside in the sun.

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