The summer heat is approaching…time to slather on sunscreen when out to play. Babies under 6 months should not wear sunscreen and should be kept in the shade as much as possible. If you do need to sunscreen on a baby, use it sparingly. While it is okay to apply sunscreen to babies older then 6 months, use with caution. Regardless of sunscreen, it is important to provide coverage for your children when in the sun…hat (3 inch brim), sunglasses (97 percent to 100 percent protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and lightweight pants and long sleeve shirt (tightly woven cotton but loose fitting).
When choosing a sunscreen…make sure it does not contain these ingredients:
- Oxybenzone may interfere with hormones in the body
- Nanoscale zinc and titanium oxides have been linked to potential reproductive and developmental effects.
- In skin, retinyl palmitate converts readily to retinoids, which have been associated with a risk of birth defects in people using acne medication containing the substance. Pregnant women may want to avoid products with retinyl palmitate, noted in the sunscreen Ratings.
- Should be fragrance free
- Should not contain parabens, PABA, homosalate, octinoxate