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I would rather use something to protect her than have her sun burnt

Hi - I have a 3 month old daughter and have been told that she is too young to put sun screen on as their skin is not up to it. Is the baby sun screen safe to use as i would rather use something to protect her than have her sun burnt.
Many thanks

Kay (...
Answer: Hi, Babies and children have sensitive skin so sun protection is really important. Infants under six months of age should be kept out of the sun as much as possible. The Cancer Council recommends that you talk to your doctor first about using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old. Sunscreen labelled for babies and toddlers are usually suitable for sensitive skin and are fragrance free. When you got outside with your baby, try and protect her using a hat (broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style), clothing and shade. UV radiation levels peak in the middle of the day so try and minimise outdoor activity during this period. The Cancer Council recommends using sun protection when UV levels are forecast to be 3 or above. The SunSmart UV Alert is a graph that shows the forecast daily UV levels. You can find it in the weather section of many newspapers or by going to www.bom.gov.au/weather/uv Good luck!
Answered: 29 Nov 2007