We would all like to do as much as possible to protect the delicate skin[baby skin] of a new baby from harsh sun rays and skin damage or irritation that it can cause.
It is best to let the baby bask in early morning sunlight rather than the bright, direct rays of the midday sun.
If you do need to have your baby exposed to harsh sun rays, make sure that the baby is protected by long sleeved tops and clothing that covers the legs as well. A large sun hat is also a good idea.
However, it is not always possible to do all this, so the use of an appropriate sunscreen is required:
- Use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 and above.
- Don’t forget the face, the neck and the back of the neck when you use sun screen; apply on all exposed areas.
- Make sure that the sun screen you use is child friendly.
- For children over 6 months, you should use a broad spectrum sun screen.
- The sun screen should contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
- The sun screen should be chemical and fragrance free to avoid skin irritation.