Babies under 6 months:
Avoiding sun exposure and dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats are still the top recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn. However when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of suncreen to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands.
Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.
The SPF should be at least 15!
The first and best line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays) and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
- Stay in the
shade whenever possible and avoid sun exposure during the peak
hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or greater.
- Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
- Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.