We will be having a vacation to the Philippines this month and my family has been warning me of the very hot weather there especially now that it’s summer. I was thinking of ways to protect Georyl from the heat when I came across an article that really aroused my interest.
Do you know that sunscreens are not recommended to be used on babies under six months of age? There are no evidence that suggests that sunscreens are harmful to infants. It’s just that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that there is no compelling reason for infants less than 6 months to have sun exposure prolonged enough to require sunscreens because babies younger than 6 months are not mobile and will not be exposed to the sun unless placed there.
The AAP advices that to protect babies under 6 months of age from the sun, you should not place them under direct sunlight. Move them to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. The AAP also recommends dressing babies in lightweight clothes that will cover their arms and legs when going out. Also use brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.
What if sun exposure is unavoidable? In this case, you can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen to small areas such as the face and the back of hands. Be sure, however, that the product has at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor). If an infant gets sunburn, apply cold compresses to the affected area.