HELP ME GROW: Summer Sun Safety For Baby
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Summer is an exciting time for families! Adventures in the park, the playgrounds, or even a walk around the block. You and your little ones will spend a lot more time outdoors. No matter the type of quality time activity, being safe in the sun and staying healthy is important! While a little vitamin D is good for your health, too much sun can cause skin damage or other health related illnesses.
Here are a few tips that every parent should keep in mind before heading out the door.
- Shade – The best way to protect your family from the sun is to find a cool shaded area. Seek shade under trees, an awning, or under an umbrella. For baby, a stroller with a cover works well! Not all shade will keep your little one safe from sun burns so remember to be extra careful! It never hurts to apply sunscreen.
- Cover up – Your baby’s skin is delicate at this age. Dress your baby in clothing that covers the entire body. Be careful not to overdress your baby. Light colored and loose fitted clothes will keep them cool and comfortable.
- Sunscreen – The summer sun can be tricky. Your baby can be at risk for a sunburn even on cloudy days. Before spending quality time outside, lather your baby with some sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply under the clothes! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests to “use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection” applying every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. For children under 6 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests applying a small amount of sunscreen to exposed areas.
- Extra protection – A hat and sunglasses can also help keep your baby safe. A hat with a brim is a great accessory plus it shields the eyes and face from the sun. Let your baby pick out their own sunglasses from a selection that offers at least 99% UV protection!
Your baby’s health and wellness are important! You can dial Help Me Grow 2-1-1 or text: 302-231-1464 to get connected with a Child Development Specialist if you have any questions. A program that helps parents get connected to the appropriate services to advocate for their child and be the best parent possible.