We all know how dangerous too much sun exposure can be, especially for babies.
Although it’s lovely to take your little bundle of joy out into the sun, it’s important to be extremely conscious of sun safety. Even in mild climates (such as the UK), a baby’s delicate skin can burn in less than 15 minutes so it’s important to be aware of the sun’s rays at all times.
Not only is sunburn uncomfortable and painful, but it can increase the risk of skin cancer in later life, making sun safety very important.
Here’s everything you need to know about protecting the delicate skin of your baby in the sun.
How to keep your baby safe in the sun
Babies can be particularly susceptible to sun damage. Here are some guidelines to make sure they’re staying safe:
What to do if your baby is sunburnt
Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. It usually causes the skin to become red, sore, warm, tender and occasionally itchy for about a week.
If your baby gets sunburnt, it’s important to get them inside or in the shade as quickly as possible and then you can start treating the burn at home.
Treating sunburn in babies:
If your little one’s skin is blistering or swelling, or if they are experiencing a temperature or dizziness you need to seek medical assistance.