Baby and sunscreen

Posted by Alina on Thursday Aug 21, 2008 Under baby safety

I was wondering if it was all right to bring my four month old son into a private outdoor pool. I was concerned with chlorine, because he sucks his hands all the time, and I didn’t know if it would be bad to get his hands wet and then put them in his mouth. When I asked his pediatrician, his main concern was exposure to the sun. He said that as long as he wore a swimming shirt, a wide brimmed hat, and the water was not too cold, it was totally fine to bring him into the water.

Here is the recommendation regarding sunscreen from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • For babies younger than 6 months. Use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face and the backs of the hands, if protective clothing and shade are not available.
  • For babies older than 6 months. Apply to all areas of the body, but be careful around the eyes. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe the eyes and hands clean with a damp cloth. If the sunscreen irritates her skin, try a different brand or try a sunscreen stick or sunscreen or sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. If a rash develops, talk with your child’s doctor.”


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