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Baby Sunscreen

Baby Sunscreen

Your babies skin is fragile and sensitive, it is important to protect it from irritants and sun exposure so it remains soft and delicate. It has been medically proven that infants below 6 months old should not be exposed to the sun. Sunburn symptoms of babies are the same as adults but their reaction can be different.

Here are some of the more common signs that your baby was sunburned.

  • Redness on the skin
    • You will probably notice redness on your baby's skin after a few hours of sun exposure. This is their immune system responding to their damaged skin. It will also start feeling warm or hot to touch. No matter what is the intensity of redness, even if it looks pale pink all sunburn signs on babies merit a doctor's visit. This is especially true for babies younger than one year old.
  • Irritability.
    • You will expect that your baby will be in a very bad mood after getting sunburn. This will be accompanied with persistent crying and trouble sleeping. You may also find it impossible to console a baby suffering from sunburn. This is one minor yet annoying side effects of sunburn.
  • Blistering.
    • It can also be possible that there will be blisters that will appear on your baby's body where it has been sunburned. Baby's skin is very sensitive so when the blisters are accidentally punctured, these can lead to premature infections. It is also possible that these blisters will leave permanent scarring so once you notice any blisters forming you must immediately see a doctor for further ment.
  • Swelling.
    • If the sunburn is severe, it can be considered as second degree burn and in some cases may even result in swelling of the skin. This situation can lead to difficulty in handling the baby.
  • Peeling.
    • One of the very first signs of healing sunburn is peeling. You can see that the skin is flaking and the baby may be scratching a lot, a sign of itchiness. It may look unsightly but it is a very good sign of healing. When you see that your baby's skin is peeling, it means that it is starting to heal.
How can you prevent sunburn in babies?
You may not realize the effects of sun's UV rays, but your baby can get sunburn even if he is only exposed for 10 to 15 minutes. And this can happen even on a cloudy or cool day. So here are some simple tips to prevent this from happening:
  • Babies should be kept under shades most of the time, especially during the hottest time of the day, which is between 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Apply sunscreen specially made for babies before sun exposure.It is best to use products that have titanium oxide or zinc oxide as active ingredients as these are natural minerals that sit on your skin so it takes effect immediately after application.
  • Put them under a pop-up tent or umbrella for added protection.

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