How old does bub have to be to wear sunscreen?
Hi Kay, My name is Katrina, I am due with my first child on the 16th December 2007. I was wondering how old bub has to be to be able to wear sunscreen? I am not sure if his skin is too sensitive to wear sunscreen for the first couple of months?
Answer: Dear Katrina, You must be getting very excited now with your date due so close! Infants under six months of age should be kept out of the sun as much as possible (especially between 10 and 3), thereby avoiding the need to use sunscreen. However, there may be times when this is not possible so you may need to use sunscreen to areas of the baby’s skin that can’t be covered with clothing – such as the face, ears and hands. Make sure the sunscreen is labelled SPF 30 plus broad spectrum. Try and protect your baby with a pram cover, a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style hat and clothing and keep them in the shade. If you baby reacts to sunscreen, try another product or talk to your doctor. Products that are labelled for babies and toddlers are usually suitable for sensitive skin. Good luck!
Answered: 22 Nov 2007