Sun Safety and Your Baby

Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D, but comes with its own risks—especially to babies. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants under 6 months be kept out of direct sunlight. If you are outside with your baby:

  • Use an umbrella or stroller canopy to shade the child. 
     
  • Have your baby dressed in clothing made from fabric with a tight weave—to prevent too much sunlight from shining through—and a wide-brimmed hat to shield the face, ears and back of neck. 
     
  • Avoid too much sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when ultraviolet rays are the strongest. 
     
  • Use sunscreen to help protect your baby’s skin from sunburn and the risk of skin cancer later in life. Learn how to choose and apply sunscreen for babies. 

IMPORTANT: If your baby, younger than 1 year, gets a sunburn, call the healthcare provider right away. A baby’s skin is thinner and more delicate than an adult’s. Babies are also at higher risk for heat stroke.

See also ...

•  Baby sunburn prevention tips

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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