SUNBURN FOR YOUR BABY
Dont think children can take the sun because theyre young – their relatively large exposed skin surface area makes them particularly vulnerable.
Always use a good sunscreen to protect the exposed parts of the body. The latest sun creams come numbered according to the degree of protection they provide. A factor five for example, means that it would take five hours of exposure to the suns ultraviolet rays before the same degree of burning would take place if you went into the sun for one hour without any protection. To start with always give your child the maximum protection for the time you are going to spend in the sun. A factor five is a good average, and remember to reapply suncream every few hours because sweat and swimming will render it ineffective. Your child should have extra fluids if she is in the sun. Tablets against sunburn are not recommended.
Even when protected by a sunscreen, babies should not be left for long periods in the sun, especially on the beach where there is reflected light.
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