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Sun Safety for Baby

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Babies need fresh air and light, but too much sun can be harmful. Baby skin is delicate and burns easily. Researchers have recently found that severe sunburn in childhood can lead to a greater risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer later in life.

Here are some simple steps that can help you and baby enjoy the sun without sunburn:

  • Stay out of the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Keep baby in the shade. Put a hat on baby.
  • Baby can also get a sunburn on overcast days. Protect baby from sunburn whenever you go outside for any length of time.
  • Always put sunscreen lotions on baby and yourself when you'll be in the sun. The lotion should have a 15 or higher spf--sun protection factor. Put the lotion on 30 minutes before you go out. Reapply every 2 hours.
  • If you or baby do get sunburned, put cool, wet towels on the burns. Call the doctor for burns that produce a fever or blisters.

Source: Nebraska Extension NuFacts

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