Did you know that if your baby gets too much sun in their early years it could increase their risk of skin cancer later on in life?
Most people know how long adults should stay out in the sun for, and what sun protection they should use. When it comes to babies and toddlers however, it is a different matter.
Babies and toddler’s skin is far more delicate and needs more protection. In fact, it is recommended that babies under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight at all.
Here are a few other tips:
- All children need protecting during March and October.
- Between the hours of 11am and 3pm your child should play in the shade.
- Exposed parts of children’s bodies should have sunscreen on them.
- SPF of 15 or more should always be used.
- Shoulders and the back of children’s neck are most vulnerable.
We recommend these products:
This product has a special ingredient called Radicare, which apparently is an antioxidant complex that help the skin’s own tolerance to the sun by enhancing the way it combats free radicals. It is water-resistant so it will stay on for longer and it also hydrates your child’s skin.
This may be expensive but not when you learn that you only need to apply it once a day. The high SPF of 50+ makes it ideal for babies and small children as well as vulnerable adults with sensitive skin. Housed in an airless pump-action bottle, meaning it has a shelf life of 2 years after opening.
A mineral sunscreen here from Clarins that is waterproof with an SPF of 50+. Contains soothing ingredients including aloe vera, kiwi fruit and Senna. Once on the skin it has great staying power. Some reviewers have mentioned that they don’t like the clay formula however.
From: clarins.co.ukGarnier Baby in The Shade SPF 50+ – £5.99
As we said earlier, babies should be kept out of direct sunlight but you should still apply sunscreen, even if they are in the shade. This sunscreen is specifically designed for babies under the age of 6 months, and is super gentle on their skin but with a powerful SPF of 50+. Features a hypoallergenic formula with a mineral filter to help protect against UVA & UVB rays.
This sunscreen from Sunsense has been developed for babies and toddlers of over 6 months of age. It is water-resistant, paediatrician tested and suitable for sensitive skin. It contains less of the irritants that are usually in sunscreens but provides the same degree of protection. Ideal for sensitive skin with protection of 50+.
From: johnlewis.comNivea Sun Baby Lotion F50+ – £6.49
This cream from Nivea is for babies and toddlers over the age of 3 months. No fragrance, nasty additives or alcohol means that it is suitable for very sensitive skin. Contains soothing ingredients such as Panthenol, almond oil and vitamin E. One of the most water-proof creams we tested.