The answer is absolutely!
Preventing unprotected exposure to UV light can help reduce the risk factor for skin cancer. Excessive exposure to UV light can cause immediate and long-term effects such as severe sunburn which can lead to skin blisters or long-term effects such as skin cancer.
What can I use/do to protect my infant from long and short-term effects from UV light?
- While being outside seek or create shade by using an umbrella, canopy, or the hood of a stroller.
- Avoiding peak sun hours (10 am - 12 pm)
- Using UV light protective clothing
- Choosing a waterproof, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
- Dr. Shokeen's favorite roll-on child sunscreen is Sheer Zinc Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
- Use sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these will be less irritating to a baby's skin
- Reapply every 2-hours (and after swimming or sweating)