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How Do I Choose the Best Baby Sun Cream?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 August 2019
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The best way to choose baby sun cream is to go with a formula that is designed specifically for infants. These are generally milder and less likely to cause eye irritation if they are rubbed into the eyes. If your baby has sensitive skin or any other condition which may warrant a milder — or stronger — option, you should speak with your family doctor or dermatologist before choosing a baby sun cream. For instance, some infants may need a stronger formula if they are especially sensitive to the sun. For all children, go with a cream that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

To find baby sun cream, the most obvious course of action would be to visit your local department store or pharmacy to look for options that are labeled for infants. There are a wide range of options available, and most are formulated to be gentle on a baby's skin, and to not cause burning if accidentally rubbed in the eyes. For most babies, these options are sufficient. Sun creams exist that are made for babies with sensitive skin, so if this is an issue for you, look for ones that are labeled as such.

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In some cases, using an over the counter baby sun cream may not be wise. If your child burns very easily, you may need to go with an option that's stronger than most intended for babies. While most have the same levels of protection as adults, you should still make sure you are choosing one powerful enough to be effective. Ask your doctor about available options if you feel your baby's skin is more at risk than average, or if he or she is prone to irritation.

The most important issue to consider when it comes to baby sun cream, is that it should be reapplied quite often. Put more on your child at least once every couple of hours, or more if he or she is in the water. Even waterproof varieties should be reapplied, since they do eventually wash away. You may also choose from sunscreens that come in rub-on stick or spray form, since these are easier to apply on a squirming baby, meaning they may offer more protection since your child will be fully covered.

You should practice other safe sun tactics as well to keep your baby's skin protected. Put a wide rimmed hat on baby's head to keep the sun off his or her face and neck. You can also provide protective clothing with SPF added right in. Also, keep in mind that babies should not be taken out into the sun for long periods of time in order to prevent overheating.

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