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Babies and children have sensitive skin that can be damaged easily by sun exposure.

Did you know that you and your baby or child can sunburn in as little as 15 minutes? Babies burn more easily because they are not born with a developed skin protection system. Full protection includes a rimmed, breathable sun hat, sunglasses, and UV protective clothing and/or sunscreen.

Baby Sun Safety

  • Keep babies under one year of age out of direct sunlight (in the shade).
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) will protect their skin but not protect from the heat. Reapply every 2 hours or after playing in water.
  • Give lots of cool liquids, water or breast milk are best. It’s important to drink lots of liquids throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  • Do not put sunscreen on a baby under 6-months of age without first consulting with your health care provider.

Child Sun Safety

  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm and is usually the hottest time of day. Unless children are protected, keep them out of the sun during these hours.
  • Get your children used to wearing sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, and hats early on. When applying sunscreen, be sure to use at least SPF 30 and pay attention to areas most exposed like their face, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, back, knees, and the tops of their feet.
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) should be applied every 2 hours or after swimming, playing, or exercising.
  • Never leave children in a parked vehicle.

Resources:

Check out this video on best practices when heading outside for a day in the sun:

Sun Safety – Canada.ca  

Learn how to use the UV index to determine your level of sun protection:

The ultraviolet index and your local forecast

Be sure to check the UV index before planning your outdoor activities:

How to determine the UV index value in your area

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