Is it safe to use sunscreen on my baby?

rsh_admin   >  9 April 2013

One question we get asked a lot by parents is "Is it safe to use sunscreen on my baby?".

As a babies skin is thinner and more sensitive than adult skin we have to consider limiting what we put on them and there fore limiting what their little body absorbs. Instead of covering your baby in sunscreen, it is much more ideal to cover your baby in a breathable material that protects them from the sun. Then it is okay to apply "small" amounts of sunscreen to the area's that are impossible to cover. This ensures that your baby is protected from the sun and only has a chance to absorb a small amount of the sunscreen.

The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Australian Cancer Council all agree that it is considered safe to use small amounts of sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age when they can't be completely protected by shade and clothing.

When using sunscreen make sure you read the directions and label, but generally put it on 15 mins before you are in direct sun. If you are swimming with your baby make sure to re apply it every hour or two as it will wash off.

Our sun safe baby swimwear was designed so you only have to apply small amounts of sunscreen to their hands and below their knees. Our baby swimsuit and hat material is UPF50+ and takes away that worry of your babies delicate skin absorbing too much sunscreen. The attachable hat also allows the neck to be completely covered and therefore eliminating the need for sunscreen on their necks.

It is so important to look after your babies skin. Skin cancer is a real and dangerous threat in Australia. Rashoodz Swimwear is designed to help parents look after their babies skin. We hope this information has helped answer your questions about babies and sunscreen.
If you would like to do some more reading on sun safety for babies click on the below links.

Is it safe for infants to wear sunscreens?
Use of SPF30 Sunscreens
Baby Sunburn Protection - Healthy Children
Protect your child's skin - Cancer Council