Infants of all racial and ethnic backgrounds need protection from the sun’s rays. Parents need to be apprised on the importance of sun protection.
Parents should keep infants in the shade when outdoors and dress infants in a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat. Intentional sun exposure for infants is not recommended.
The American Academy of Dermatology currently recommends that parents begin sunscreen application when their child reaches 6 months of age. Broad-spectrum barrier sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are preferred and should provide a sun protection factor of 30 or greater. Dr. Heinmiller and Dr. Kern suggest using Coppertone Water Babies Pure and Simple SPF 50.
Sun exposure and sunburns sustained during childhood are linked to an increased risk for development of skin cancers in adulthood. In infants the skin is vulnerable and is considered to be at risk for UV radiation damage, even as early as the first 6 months of life.
Coppertone Water Babies Pure and Simple SPF 50.