Baby sunscreen

Cynthia - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Is it safe to use sunscreen on babies?



I've heard you're not supposed to apply it to a baby under 1, but my girl won't be 1 til mid-August, and I want to have her out swimming and stuff before then!



I know not to expose her to too much sun anyway, but I bought some baby Banana Boat sunscreen... is it ok to use on her?

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Becky - posted on 07/12/2010

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Our pediatrician said to be sure to use sunscreen, but bug spray isn't safe (use lemon oil instead). I use a tear-free kid's spray because it gets the top of her head through her thin hair.

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Becky - posted on 07/12/2010

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btw, that was at her 6 month appointment, as that was the beginning of summer around here.

Shannon - posted on 05/18/2010

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I have heard not to use on babies under 6 months. I used sunscreen on my son with no problems when he was a baby. :-)

Becky - posted on 05/18/2010

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I have heard not to use it on babies under 6 months, but then just recently, I read an article that said it was okay even for babies under 6 months (can't remember where though, sorry!) I used it on my 8 month old son for the first time today and he was fine.
If you are concerned about the chemicals in it - I'll admit, it bothers me a bit - you can get "physical" sunblocks, which would be like a zinc oxide cream. They tend to leave a white film on the skin, but aren't potentially harmful like some chemical ones might be. You can also get those UV protectant swim outfits (even Walmart sells some), which would cut down on how much sunscreen you need to put on her.
Even with sunscreen on, she should always have a hat on if she's out in the sun, try to avoid the direct sunlight as much as possible, and try to avoid too much sun exposure between noon and 4 pm, that's when the sun is strongest.

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Hi Cynthia,

I used sunscreen on my son when he was an infant. I used the generic CVS brand and the label on the back said it was okay to use for 6+ months. I used it sparingly and didn't put any on his face because I was worried how it would effect his eyes so I put a hat and baby sunglasses on him and he seemed to do okay. For the days we went to the beach I brought along an umbrella and made sure to keep him in the shade when we weren't in the water. If you are still unsure call your pediatrician. Hope this helps and you have lot's of fun this summer with your family :)

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