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How Do I Keep Baby Safe in the Sun?

Can the sun and heat hurt my baby? How should I protect him?


Can the sun and heat hurt my baby? How should I protect him?

The Bump Expert

Yep, baby needs to be kept cool and protected from those nasty UV rays. So while instinct may tell you to yank off that onesie, not so fast -- the more clothing you remove, the more skin is exposed.

Babies younger than six months should never be under direct sun and shouldn’t wear sunscreen, says Paula Prezioso, MD.

To shield baby’s delicate skin without blocking the breeze, dress baby in thin, loose, light-colored clothing and cover as much skin as possible. Keep baby shaded with hats and an umbrella.

Once baby hits six months, cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. Choose a brand specifically for babies with an SPF of 30 or more, and reapply every hour to two hours. “It doesn’t have to be $100 sunscreen,” Prezioso says. “It’s even okay to use a store brand.” Here, a few Bumpie favorites:

Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen. “It has zinc oxide and is a physical, not chemical, barrier so it's effective immediately and doesn't have to soak in for 15 minutes. It does separate though.” -- SandAndSea

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen. “My son has had eczema and very sensitive skin and this works well for him.” -- Cwalker27

Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream. “It’s been great for our fair-skinned little boy. We live in a sunny climate and he gets covered in this every morning before we set out, and it has worked every time.” -- happytotmom

Blue Lizard Baby Australian Sunscreen. This doesn't smell, which I like. My son has never had a burn with it, even when out at the beach for hours. I reapply every two hours.” -- lavalil319

California Baby Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen. I've used it on baby since he was only a few months old and we have no problems. Love it. It lasts for ages even though it's a small container, so to me it's worth the price.” -- dmogma

Expert: Paula Prezioso, MD, is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC and clinical associate professor of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center

Plus, more from The Bump:

Baby Skincare 101

When Can Baby Swim?

Summertime Safety for Baby

The Bump Editors

re: Q: Sun Safety?

Please note that babies under the age of one year should not be given water unless directed by a pediatrician.

QueSara74 |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

Thank you thank you, QueSara74! My husband's a pediatrician and makes sure to bring this up to his patients when it starts getting warmer outside. It's something that we big people would think is good for kids, but giving water to an infant can cause an imbalance in electrolytes which can result in seizures! During summer months, pay attention to how much milk your baby is drinking and how many wet diapers s/he is making. If your baby is not eating well or making wet diapers, it can be a sign that s/he is becoming dehydrated, and it is probably time to contact your pediatrician.

dmurrie |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

I'm pretty sure the spritz water is for a |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

I'm pretty sure that the spritz water is for a hydrating facial spray. I hope you drink pool water. |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?, Your comment was unnecessary and mean-spirited. Of course the spritz bottle was meant for spraying, not drinking. But when many people hear "keep baby hydrated" they assume that means drinking water, like with adults. A friendly reminder not to give baby plain water never hurt anyone. Unlike intentionally mean comments are meant to do. If you can't say anything nice....

VeeRon |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

i was told that apple juice even gatorade watered down is good for baby because drinking milk isn't good in the heat it makes them have tummy aches and spit up more i take addison to softball games and tournaments all the time in texas heat slather him in baby sun screen bring his sun glasses a hat light colored clothes and stay in the shade as much as i can sprinkle some water on him from time to time so he can feel the breeze hes doing good. do make sure not to give him ice cold water if i leave the apple juice in the cooler the water i use is luke warm from the diaper bag.

gabriellakherrera |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

Question. Is it safe to give baby pedialight? by baby is 14 weeks old. We are going to Mexico for the holidays and it will be hot. I was wondering if I could give my baby Pedialight to help keep her hidrated.

Adrianadgz |

Q&A: Keeping baby safe in the sun?

As QueSara said above, it is not advisable to give young babies anything but milk to drink. It is mostly water anyway, and has the proper balance of nutrients for them, whereas water/gatorade/pedialyte do not.

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