When a baby is born, their skin protection system is not fully developed. A young child’s skin is thinner than that of an adult and they are more susceptible to sun damage. Even relatively dark-skinned children will need to be protected.
From spring until autumn, parents will need to take sun precautions. Even when the weather is relatively cool, the sun might still be strong.
Children under 12 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight and this can be achieved with UV tents and sun shades for prams. If you’re going on a long walk, do so in the early morning or the late afternoon as the sun is lower and not so strong at these times of the day.
Sun hats with a wide brim are very useful and loose-fitting light clothing that covers arms and legs offers more protection. Sunscreen can be used on babies under six months, but it is better to rely more on shade and clothing.
For babies over six months, sunscreen can be applied to the face and the backs of hands, but take care not to get allow any to get into the mouth or eyes. Don’t forget that your baby may rub their eyes themselves, so don’t apply so much cream around that area.