Tips for Keeping Babies and Infants Safe in the Sun

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Sunny days are perfect for outdoor adventures with your little ones, however, it’s crucial to ensure that their skin is protected from the sun’s harmful rays as their delicate skin is more susceptible to damage, making sun safety a top priority, even in Ireland!

With the warm here over the past few weeks and with it sent to get even warmer this week, we thought we would share some helpful tips to help you keep your little ones safe while enjoying the great outdoors.

Avoid Direct Sun Exposure:

Babies under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Their skin is extremely sensitive and vulnerable to sunburn. When heading outside, seek shade under a tree, or umbrella and plan outdoor activities during early mornings or late afternoons when the sun’s intensity is lower.

Dress for Protection:

When heading out with your little ones during the heat,  choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers their arms, legs, and neck. If possible choose clothing with a tight weave or UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) fabric, which provides an extra layer of defence against harmful UV rays. 

Wide-brimmed Hats:

Protect your baby’s and infant’s face, ears, and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. The hat should shade their entire face and neck while allowing them to see comfortably. Consider hats with a UPF rating for added sun protection, these are available at lots of local supermarkets and high street clothing retailers.

Sunglasses for Eye Protection:

Babies’ and infants’ eyes are highly susceptible to damage from UV rays. Invest in sunglasses specifically designed for infants that offer 100% UV protection. Look for sunglasses that are comfortable, fit securely, and have a wrap-around design to block out as much light as possible.

Apply Baby-Safe Sunscreen:

For babies older than six months, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Choose a sunscreen specifically formulated for infants or sensitive skin. Apply it generously to all exposed areas of your baby’s and infants’ body, including their face, hands, and feet, at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if they have been swimming or sweating.

Keep Hydrated:

Staying hydrated is crucial for both babies and infants, especially when exposed to the sun. Offer your baby breast milk, formula, or water frequently, even if they are not showing signs of thirst. Be cautious of overheating and ensure they are dressed appropriately for the temperature.

We hope you find these hints and tips useful during the warm and sunny days ahead. Be safe, and most of all enjoy making precious memories on these long warm days with your little ones. ♥

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