When you have a newborn, there are many things you need to do to take proper care of them and one of those is protecting them from the sun. You will need the right supplies such is sunblock, Newborn Hats, and even umbrellas. This is important because excessive exposure to sun rays are not good for any skin most of all a newborn’s skin. Let’s talk about the importance of protecting your kid from sunrays and the best ways you can do it.

The Difference Between Sunblock and Sunscreen

When it comes to buying products to protect you and your kids from the sun, there is a usual confusion about the difference between sunblock and sunscreen. Who’s to blame them? I only just recently discovered that sunblock is different from sunscreen myself. The two terminologies are used quite interchangeably but the products are different and are made to protect your skin in different ways.

Sunblock

Sunblock is made with ingredients such as titanium and zinc oxide which are meant to sit on the surface of the skin and provide a barrier that blocks harmful UV rays from entering the skin. These chemicals titanium and zinc oxide do not get absorbed into the skin but instead remain on the surface. They are also gentle on the skin thus making it a good choice for kids is kids have delicate skin and so should not be exposed to harsh chemicals. When buying sunblock, make sure to get sunblock that provides both UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is made with ingredients that get absorbed into the skin. It contains ingredients such as benzophonones,oxybenzones, and avobenzone. These ingredients get absorbed into the skin and convert UV rays into heat energy. They can provide protection from the sun for up to 6 hours. Sunscreen typically has more chemicals than sunblock and these chemicals are absorbed into the skin which is not that great of an option especially for kids because as already mentioned above- they have delicate skin.

Limit Time Spent Outdoors

Especially for newborns and toddlers, don’t spend too much time outdoors. Actually, newborns have no reason for being outside except you’re transporting them from one location to another for important reasons. When outdoors limit the time spent to at most 4 hours and avoid being outside when the sun’s rays are strongest. Remember that the sun still affects the skin even on cloudy days is the clouds do little or nothing to stop the sun’s UV rays. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. If you must be outside for a longer period of time, apply and reapply sufficient sunscreen or sunblock.

Apply Sunscreen/Sunblock Properly

Speaking of, it’s not enough to just slap it on. You have to apply it evenly over your child skin and 30 minutes before sun exposure. The Sunscreen should have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or higher. When applying, don’t forget to apply to every part of the kid’s body including the nose, ears, hands, feet, neck, back or the neck etc. Also, apply lip balm with SPF to protect their lips and lips can also burn and have really fragile and light skin. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours and after they get in the pool or any water at all.

Protective Clothing

Dress your kids up in clothing and accessories that can protect them from the sun. This means wide hats, sunglasses, long sleeves and darker clothes. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one. I know this sound counterintuitive as you normally need the most protection from the sun when the weather is hottest so wearing long sleeves might not seem like a  great idea.

However, there are lots of summer clothes that are cooling but also provide protection from the sun available for kids. This is just is important for babies. There are clothing available that are certified under international standards which come with information on their ultraviolet protection factor. Sunglasses protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible

Newborn Hats

Get Newborn Hats for your baby. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen. Carry a large umbrella and make sure their stroller has a proper covering.

Medication

Some kids medication increase their skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to ask your kid’s pediatrician so you can be properly prepared. Prescription antibiotics and acne medications are some of the medication that could increase your child’s skin sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to ask your doctor.

Conclusion

A lot of parents decide to wait for their kids to be a little older before they start applying sunscreen on sunblock to their skin. Ultimately, it is up tp you to the parents to decide the best time. When you do decide to start, keep in mind that sunblock is probably the best option. If your child does get burnt in the sun (which is bound to happen at some point), apply aloe vera to the burn area and increase his or her fluid intake (i.e they should drink lots of water) to facilitate healthy healing.