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.
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