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Infants and Sunscreen

Posted on 19 August 2014

infants and sunscreen

When it comes to infants and sunscreen, the FDA recommends against it, and endorses sun protective clothing.

The structures of infants’ bodies are so that they have way more skin to (in relation to their weight) than do children and adults. As a result, the chemicals found in sunscreens have a greater chance of affecting your baby. Scary, huh? The F.D.A. agrees. 

 Instead, keep you infant (children under 1 year and younger) out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to be outside, make sure there is shade!

The FDA advises, clothing your infant in light weight long legged/sleeved outfits, and wide brimmed hats. Little Leaves offers boys and girls sun protective shirt and pant options in small sizes. Our smallest size is for a 12 ½ inch chest. 

Additional tips for infant sun safety include:

  • Talking to your pediatrician
  • Keep your baby hydrated by offering more frequent feedings/liquids during hot weather. 
  • If you can see through that onsie, it’s not protecting much.

For more information on infant sun safety, visit the  FDA's page.

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