If you’re going to the beach or you’re heading outside for a day in the sun, the first thing you should do is apply sunscreen. It helps block harmful UV rays that can cause burns, blisters, and even skin cancer. But, should sunscreen be applied to a newborn baby’s skin? New studies suggest that sunblock isn’t safe for infants, and here are the reasons why.
There are three key differences between an adult’s skin and that of a baby:
All of these factors make a baby much more susceptible to the chemicals in sunscreen because the ingredients can more easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. In addition, babies may directly ingest the sunscreen if they put their fingers in their mouth.
It is recommended by the FDA that sunscreen is not used on babies under the age of six months. When your baby is old enough to start wearing sunscreen, perform a test on a small area of skin to see how they will react. If there is no visible redness or irritation after a few hours, this sunscreen may be safe to use. When buying sunblock, try to find formulas that are made specifically for children since they contain more natural elements and less chemical ingredients.
Even though sunblock isn’t recommended for your infant, you can still have fun in the sun! Ensure that you take all of the necessary steps to protect your child from the harmful effects of the sun:
If your baby is experiencing issues due to exposure to the sun, please visit Weirton Medical immediately.