Many people are wondering whether they can apply a sunscreen on infants. Know first that children’s skin is still under construction and therefore more susceptible to sunburn, cell damage and heatstroke. It is therefore essential to protect them from harmful UV rays.
Protecting children means above all to educate them! Solar education multiplies by 5 the chances to have good protective reflexes. Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
- Avoid sun exposure between 10 AM and 2 PM
- Opt for a wide-brimmed hat, sun glasses, dark clothes (a black T-shirt is more protective than a white one!)
- Apply sunscreen (SPF 15 min.) liberally and frequently on all exposed parts… without forgetting the neck, ears and feet! Apply at least two layers, every two hours, before exposure and after each swim. It is recommended to wait until the age of 6 months for the use of solar products on children.
- Choose a cream specially formulated with natural sunscreens (zinc oxide) and filters, such as OmbraCrème from Action de Gala line, and drink water regularly.
- Warning: Before the age of 6 months, the medical profession recommends the total eviction of the sun. So, opt for shady areas as much as possible!