Your baby needs sun blocking clothing. Most dermatologists recommend that we do not use sunscreen on our babies until they are 6 months old. So how do we protect their skin?
Remember our babies are still trying to finish their skin development. As this was a stage of the baby care that brought all the other warnings together, I wanted to repeat the idea. Did you know that your baby was born with skin that isn’t done yet?
I sure didn’t! I thought that the skin was kind of like the icing on the cake. The last thing you do before delivery! That finishing touch. Well, like a lot of other things I thought I knew, that is also not true. Their baby skin is still forming. I guess it needs to “set” about 6 months before you apply sunscreen.
Did you know about that little warning? I didn’t either? And even at 6 months of age, the chemical build-up is a “yellow light” or caution light to consider before using sunscreen on your babies skin.
Have you read about the dangers of cancer-causing chemicals we have been rubbing on all our skin? The resulting chemical buildup? You might ignore it for yourself, but not your baby.
Take a moment and review what I found on the FDA and their regulation of chemical causing chemicals in sunscreen. Sunscreen Chemical Buildup In Your Body
Why Your Baby Needs Sun Blocking Clothing
With my new found information about babies and their skin not being really ready for use, I began to wonder how new parents could organize their day to make time for exercise.
I would have thought that during nap time would be a good time for exercise for a new parent. And it is if the exercise can be done in house. It is perfect!
However, if you are a runner or even a walker, you need to be outside. Out breathing fresh air. Feeling the sun on your face. So you have a new baby. What do you do? Some parents find that taking the time early in the day to get out with one of the easy to use strollers available to take the little one with them.
If this is true for you, keeping your little one covered and protected from the sun will be easier if the baby is sleeping. when your baby gets a bit older and wiggles more as well as began staying awake longer, sun blocking clothing will serve you well.
If it is a cooler time of year, just your little one’s normal clothing will probably help protect them from reflecting rays as you are keeping the direct sun off of them. So warmth is the main consideration.
Hotter seasons and times of the day require you to look at the whole skin protection differently. I considered some people a bit paranoid about taking precautions with their little one’s skin. I have learned my lessons. And stand corrected. This is important and requires some attention.
Normally awareness will be enough to help you to be aware of the best ways to protect your child’s skin. It will require a bit of preplanning but surely is manageable.
Times To Safely Get Out With Your Baby
How do you plan your day? If you are like me, I don’t really appreciate anyone planning my day for me.
However, I appreciate suggestions! So will try to share what I have learned about exposing your baby’s skin to the sun in a suggestive manner. I do want this information to help you. One reason I bring attention to these things that you know is you are so busy. Working with less sleep, and trying to get everything done. You do know this common sense and reasonable guidelines. It is just that sometimes with a new baby our common sense is switched off.
The times to avoid being out in the direct sun’s rays are between the hours of 10 AM until 4 PM. Even on cloudy days, these hours should be avoided. In my part of central Texas, we have more warm and hot days. It is more difficult to avoid the sun when you are not the one setting the schedule.
We seldom have days that are too cloudy for the damaging UV rays to seep through. Before my now 6 months emersion into why and how come for sun protection, I have been frustrated when I sunburned on a cloudy day.
Infants Need Sun Blocking Clothing
Now I understand why our infants have to be protected. They need time for their skin to be ready for life. Protecting a baby’s skin is one thing you can help your child with. Help set your little one up for a healthy and skin cancer-free future life.
Even though putting a smaller child in sunglasses is sometimes difficult, this is important. Often a baby’s reflexes are not developed enough to protect from a sharp and direct light in his eye. A baby has to learn to make the adjustments to blink. As well as all the other reflexes we take for granted.
Make sure he is protected with shade and umbrellas. If you have your little one out in the sun pushing them forward as most strollers work, make sure there is something to protect the sun from shining in his eyes. Now I understand why babies should be facing you if possible. So you can watch and protect. (Remember these blinding flashes of light when you are carrying your baby, and protect their eyes.)
As the times recommended to be out are before 10 AM and after 4 PM, there will be more slanting rays. They may not be directly overhead but can be damaging as well. Remember the world is changing. We no longer have that ozone layer in the stratosphere to help filter out some of the more direct sun, or even the indirect sun rays either. You must be diligent.
Learning To Have Balance
These warnings are shared to get you to think about what you can do to protect your infant’s skin. But some consideration is due to the parents need to get out and move about in the sun.
Fresh air and sunlight with exercise is often the best prescription for a light case of depression that may accompany your new babies birth. Getting out and moving about in the sun can often be a great mood lifter.
So there is a need for that time as well. Make sure you as the parent have the time outside you may need. Be prepared with some basic sun blocking clothing for your baby. Do take advantage of your opportunity to get out and do what you need to do. A healthy parent is an important part of this equation.
One reason I think that new parents who end up as a new grandparent like me don’t realise that little ones get skin cancer too? Because they are not told. I was not even told that I could get skin cancer when I had children.
I have been to all annual check-ups for my grandson until he was six. Even as she gave a thorough physical exam, she didn’t seem concerned for skin cancer. Granted there are probably signs that this could be a possibility. At that point, she may have given a warning.
I think that this will change because of the disappearing ozone layer. With the increase in kids developing skin cancer while they are younger, there will be more emphasis on keeping the skin healthy.
We are seeing changes in the weather worldwide because of global warming. It is safe to assume we will be seeing differences in the rate of skin cancer in children as we are seeing the increase in adults.
The longer you can delay the incidents of over sun exposure and sunburn for our children the better. Knowing the importance of protecting yourself and delaying sunburn for your family will help delay problems for all of you.
This link will allow you to do some reviewing for yourself