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For use in age 6 MONTHS OR OLDER - use a sunscreen that has UVA/UVB protection with SPF 30 or higher (PABA FREE). Creams and sunscreen sticks are recommended. Sunscreen sprays tend to be less effective. If sprays are used remember to rub the spray into the skin in order to give full coverage and do not spray directly to face. Avoid sun during peak hours (middle of day) and also dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim, UV protection swimwear and sunglasses. Children with sensitive skin or skin disorder (ie: eczema) may need to use a specialized product and can discuss this further with their pediatrician
For babies LESS THAN 6 MONTHS keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in UV protective clothing, a hat with with a brim and sunglasses and keeping them in the shade. Try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure and heat (11AM-2PM).
Reapply sunscreen EVERY 2 HOURS or more often if your baby is spending time in the water or perspiring. As above we do not recommend combined insect spray/sunscreen products (you may use each individually together).
In the event that your child develops a sunburn it is important to remove them from the sun. A soothing oatmeal bath or cool compress to area will help with pain. You may use Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain control as well. Make sure your child is WELL HYDRATED and drinking electrolyte containing fluids after a hot day in the sun. If your child develops swelling of area of sunburn or signs of blistering these burns should be evaluated by your pediatrician. Please call for an appointment.