Sunscreen is recommended for all children aged 6 months and above with any sun exposure
Sun exposure is not limited to beach and pool time! Anytime your child is outside they should have sunscreen on. Some examples include:
Visiting the park, zoo or other outside venues
Remember that a cloudy does not protect your child from the sun. The suns rays penetrate through the clouds and can cause a sunburn. Apply sunscreen even if you cannot see the sun.
Sunscreen is only useful to prevent sunburn if used correctly.
Look for a sunscreen that is labeled "broad-spectrum" which means it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of AT LEAST 15. The higher the SPF, the more UVB protection it has!
When applying sunscreen use enough to cover all exposed areas of the body.
Pay close attention to the face, ears, back of neck, back of knees, tops of feet and backs of hands.
Apply sunscreen 15-30 min prior to going outside. Applying sunscreen when you get outside is not as effective.
The key to sunscreen is to REAPPLY! Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours while outside AND anytime your child gets out of the water, is sweating heavily or uses a towel to dry off or wipe sweat away.