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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists 5 steps to follow in order to protect kids from the sun’s harmful UV rays:
The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays).
Experts say that lotion sunscreens are better than spray sunscreens. It’s not yet known what the risks are of inhaling spray sunscreens. Take particular care when applying sunscreen to little ones.
Consumer Reports says that children and pregnant women should use a sunscreen without titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients contain nanoparticles which have been linked to reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies. Pregnant women and children should also avoid sunscreens with retinol or retinyl palmitate. These ingredients, also found in some acne medication, have been associated with birth defects.
A baby’s skin is thinner and more at risk of sunburn compared to adults. This is true even for children born to parents with dark skin. Babies should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 11am and 4pm. Babies six months and older should wear sunscreen on areas not covered by clothing while being careful to avoid the eyes. It’s not recommended that babies under the age of six months wear sunscreen, so it’s important to keep newborns out of the sun altogether.
Sunscreen does not prevent heatstroke. But it does prevent sunburns, which can be a contributing cause of heatstroke. Precautions you can take to avoid heatstroke include the following: