Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Protect your baby from excessive sun

We are not suggesting your baby become a half-blind mole person, never seeing the light of day or manufacturing any Vitamin D, but Joshua Fox, with Advanced Dermatology in Roslyn NY, says it's important to protect babies' delicate epidermis.

The skin of babies, he says, is thinner than an adult's and soaks up UV rays more rapidly.

Over time, skin creates protective melanin, but this takes time and babies are new to the game.

According to most authorities, babies under 6 mos should be kept out of the sun if possible.

Use removable mesh window shields in the car, or UV window film.

Take stroller walks before 10 AM or after 4 PM and have a roof on the stroller.

Start the baby out with a wide-brim hat so the child gets used to it.

Sunscreen is safe for kids--use it--but also do the above. Make it minimum SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection.

Just think of that precious, soft, thin skin--don't broil it or let is soak up insidious forces that will come back later to harm your child.

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