How Much Do You Know About Baby Sunscreen?

March 04, 2020

How Much Do You Know About Baby Sunscreen?

"Days in April, the beginning of summer", but even in the beginning of summer, the sun's "love" for us is enough to crush us. But some careful mothers still want to take their babies out of their homes. Of course, they are also afraid of tanning their babies, but can they wear sunglasses or sunscreen like adults? Regarding this matter, OCOOPA will talk to you now.

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1. Can babies apply sunscreen?

It is generally not recommended to use sunscreen for babies under six months of age, but mommy should take care to avoid being exposed to direct sunlight when taking the baby out, and it is better to use sunscreen physically.

For babies over six months, if you are outdoors for a long time, you can consider applying a suitable amount of sunscreen. But be careful not to use sunscreen if your baby's skin is damaged, broken or oozing.

mommy can check the UV index of the day before going out. If it is not particularly strong, and just take the baby to walk downstairs, physical sun protection is enough. Physical sunscreen is preferred for daily baby dolls.

  • Open the awning of the stroller
  • Wear a visor to ensure that the sun is not exposed to exposed parts of the face, ears, back, etc.
  • Lightweight, loose, breathable, comfortable cotton long-sleeved clothes
  • Avoid direct sunlight and try to play in the shade
  • Avoid going out from 10 am to 4 pm (refer to the ultraviolet radiation intensity of the location) when the sun is the strongest.


2. How many times does the baby apply sunscreen?

Repeat the application every 2-3 hours outdoors, and reapply after swimming and heavy sweating. Use a sunscreen that you have never tried before. Apply it a little bit on your baby ’s arm, etc. 1-2 days in advance. Since it takes time for the sunscreen to work, it is best to apply it 30 minutes in advance before going out. Immediately after returning home, wash off the sunscreen with the baby shower gel thoroughly.

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3. How to choose sunscreen for your baby?

SPF, Sun Protection Factor, is a multiple of the time that resists UVB to prevent sunburn and sunburn. The higher the SPF value of a sunscreen, the stronger the sun protection ability. For babies over 6 months, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Of course, the higher the SPF value, the better. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that the SPF30 sunscreen products be used as standard equipment for sun protection. Because SPF15 can block 93% of UV-B, SPF30 can block 97% of UV-B, and SPF50 can only block 98% of UV-B. SPF has increased so much, but the protection that can be added is extremely limited. If conditions allow, mommy can choose sunscreen products with different SPF values for children according to the actual situation.

I usually choose SPF15 sunscreen when walking in parks and communities. Choose SPF25 sunscreen when going to high altitudes or playing by the sea, If you are going to a tourist spot with strong sunlight, you can use SPF30 sunscreen.

The sun protection index (SPF value) mainly measures sunburn by UV-B rays in the sun, but the SPF value does not measure sunburn by UVA rays, which is the killer of skin cancer caused by damage to deep skin. Therefore, we must choose a "broad spectrum" (or indicate broad spectrum) sunscreen products that can block both UVA and UVB rays. mommy can see the label's PA value (Protection of UVA-1), PA + is effective; PA ++ is quite effective; PA ++ is very effective.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends products containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Because they are physical sunscreens, they are less irritating to the baby's skin or eyes and are safer for the baby. Try to avoid sunscreens with highly allergenic Oxybenzone (aka Benzophenone-3) in the ingredients.


 4. Sunscreen with anti-mosquito is better for two purposes?

This type of product is generally not recommended for babies, because anti-mosquito products contain amines. In most cases, anti-mosquito ingredients are only allowed to be used once a day, which is not suitable for the repeated application, but sunscreens need to be applied multiple times a day. This will cause the skin to over-absorb mosquito repellent ingredients and increase the risk of unsafe. Bao Ma still chooses pure sunscreen as well.


 5. Can babies use spray sunscreen products?

 The US FDA recommends avoiding spray sunscreens for children. It is not recommended for babies because of the risk of inhalation and eye irritation. If the older child has the right to choose, he prefers a convenient sunscreen spray. Remember to let the child hold his breath and avoid inhalation.


 6. What is the difference between sunscreen physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen?

 physical sunscreen  chemical sunscreen
Ingredients Ingredients Sunscreen ingredients are usually zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and other inorganic substances Sunscreen ingredients are usually OMC, hydroxybenzoxazole
The degree of skin absorption The degree of skin absorption The particles of inorganic sunscreen just stay on the surface of the skin and will not be absorbed by the skin. It will less irritate the baby's skin and eyes. To a certain extent, it will cause skin sensitivity. To a certain extent, it will cause skin sensitivity


7. Can babies bring sunglasses?

Outdoors, people will feel the glare of the sun and want to wear sunglasses. Sunglasses not only help us to relieve discomfort, but also reduce the damage to the eyes caused by ultraviolet rays.

Babies' eyes are also much more delicate than adults. The permeability of the eyes is higher than adults. Ultraviolet rays can reach the retina more easily. Therefore, it is best to choose sunglasses that can block 100% of UVA and UVB rays when outdoors.

Pay attention to the baby's eye development degree, whether a pair of sunglasses are suitable for the baby's eyes, it is best to consult an ophthalmologist. because babies under 6 months are too young to wear stable glasses, sun hats, umbrellas, and awnings for strollers are good for going out.

Mommy knows that sun exposure can actually promote the synthesis of vitamin D. However, if you are exposed to the sun for a long time, you need to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin cancer. The sunscreen will affect the skin's use of ultraviolet rays to synthesize vitamins D.  So take your baby to the outdoors to enjoy the sun, pay attention to sun protection, plus oral vitamin D supplementation, both can be satisfied.


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