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UV Awareness Month: Dos and Don’ts of Newborn Skin Care

Summer is in full swing as we move into July. Across the country, COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, and summer activities are making a big comeback. Barbeques, beach trips, hiking, and picnics, to name a few. This means people are starting to spend extra time soaking in the sunshine. Skincare is important for everyone, but especially for a newborn. July is UV Awareness Month, so we are providing some skincare tips to protect your newborn from UV sun rays. Below is a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to protecting your newborns’ skin from the sun.

1. DO – Keep your baby in the shade

Babies who are under 6 months old should not be in direct sunlight. If there is no source of shade around you, make your own. You can use a stroller hood, put a hat on your baby, or use an umbrella. Be creative.

2. DON’T – Use sunblock on your baby unless they are over 6 months old

Sunscreens have ingredients that can irritate a baby’s skin and cause harm. If there is no shade and some protection is needed in this younger age group, then a small amount of water-resistant sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 can be used.

3. DO – Keep your baby hydrated

It may also help to have wipes available to keep your baby cool and clean. However, wipes with alcohol should be avoided as they can dry out the skin.

4. DON’T – Spend excessive time outside

During peak temperature hours when it’s hottest (e.g., between 10 am and 2 pm), try and keep your baby indoors. Spend time outdoors first thing in the morning or late afternoon into the evening when it gets cooler out.

5. DO – Dress your newborn in sun-protective clothing

When spending the day by the pool, it is best to make sure your baby is wearing a hat and some sort of sunblock bathing suit. When dressing your baby for the day, remember to use light, tightly woven fabrics like cotton or linen. This will avoid them overheating.

For more information, visit the websites below or consult your pediatrician for any concerns or questions.

Websites:

  1. www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/prevent/sun-babies
  2. https://www.parents.com/baby/care/skin/save-your-babys-skin/

Have a fun and safe summer season!

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