Sunscreen

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Nerdy Girl - April 14

I was just wondering if anyone is using sunscreen on their babies who are under 6 months old. Every bottle of sunscreen I pick up (even the baby ones) has a warning about not using it on babies under 6 months old. Has anyone found one safe for younger infants?

 

pbj - April 14

No. Actually, I spoke to my ped about this (I live in Florida, so it's always hot & sunny), he said sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 mths. He told me to use protective clothing until then. So I just make sure she always has a hat, canopy covering her in her stroller, and lightweight long pants on.

 

pbj - April 14

Hey Nerdy Girl...I just realized it was you. Were either of those the diaper bags you wanted? I appreciate the check, but I don't think we ever cashed it...sorry! Hope they worked for you.

 

Nerdy Girl - April 14

Yeah, thanks for the bags! Why don't you cash the check? I don't want you to have to pay for shipping. After I posed the question, I just found this info. Supposedly the AAP changed their recommendations in 1999 and now say that it's ok to use sunscreen sparingly on infants younger than 6 months. There has not been any adverse effect from sunscreen on infants. However, ideally the best option is hat, canopy, shade, etc. It's something with the infant's body surface area and that they absorb more sunscreen than a older child does. But this article says its OK to use it sparingly on small parts of the body if necessary. http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/summertips.htm

 

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