Fact or fiction: It is better not to apply sunscreen on your baby during the first year

21 March 2019 by

Not true. It is true that babies less than 12 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. He or she can just chill in the shade for a while. But, does this mean a baby cannot get sunburn while chilling in the shade? Unfortunately, no. UVA and UVB radiations are also available in the shade.

It is vital to apply sunscreen on your baby, even in the shade. It is equally important to choose a good sunscreen that is suitable for your baby’s skin. You can read more about how to choose a good sunscreen here. Generally, always use a sunscreen with mineral filters, like the Protecting Sun Spray or the Protecting Sunscreen. Apply lightly and gently on your baby’s skin.

How much should I apply sunscreen on my baby?

The KWF recommends 7 teaspoons sunscreen per application.

  • 1 for the face and neck
  • 2 for arms and shoulders
  • 2 for chest, belly and back
  • 2 for legs and feet

Re-apply the sunscreen every 2 hours.

Additionally, if you want to sunbathe safely, stay in the shade. And of course, avoid being contact with direct sunlight between 12h00 and 15h00.


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