A little bit of sun helps the body to make the vitamin D that it needs, but too much sun is disastrous. This is especially true for your preemie. Here’s what you should know about using sunscreen on your preemie or older baby.
Age Makes a Big Difference
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that infants younger than six months of age should not use any topical sunscreen. Once your child is older than six months of age, talk to your pediatrician before using sunscreens. There may be reasons that sunscreen isn’t a good idea for your baby and it’s important to know that before you decide to use it.
Consider Sunscreen Alternatives
Under six months of age, you still have some alternatives to sunscreen for your baby. Sun-blocking fabrics are an excellent option. Make sure that you choose clothing that includes long sleeves and pants rather than shorts. A hat with a wide brim and even sunglasses sized for your baby are important. You might want to make sure that you’ve got some sort of shade available.
What to Look for in a Sunscreen
When you are ready to purchase one, look for an SPF of 30 or greater and check the ingredients. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the ingredients you want to choose. Sunscreen with these types of ingredients is considered a barrier method rather than a chemical method of blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical methods might have unexpected results if your baby is sensitive to some of the ingredients, so you might be better off avoiding them completely.
Make Sure Everyone Knows the Routine
One of your biggest concerns might be making sure that everybody who cares for your baby knows what your plans are for sun protection. This is when having pediatric home health care providers helping you regularly can give you a great deal of peace of mind. When you know that everyone is working together toward the same goal, it’s much easier to trust that they’re going to make the right choices.
It helps to write out your sunscreen and sun blocking routine, especially if you don’t use traditional sunscreens. Make sure that umbrellas, shields, and sun-blocking clothing are easily accessible and clearly labeled.
Being outside is wonderfully refreshing, especially if you’ve had to stay inside to steer clear of germs and potential respiratory issues in colder weather. The key is to head outside in a way that is as safe as possible for your baby.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Mt. Lebanon PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
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