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Some people tell me to use baby sunscreen whilst others say not to...

Hi Kay,
I have a one month old daughter, we always cover her up and do not let her in the sun during middle of day. I am confused though as some people tell me to use baby sunscreen whilst others say it is not good for there skin. Can you help?
Regards
Marianda

Susan...
Answer: Hi Marianda, The Cancer Council recommends that you talk to your doctor first about using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old. 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 (especially between 10 and 3), thereby avoiding the need to use sunscreen When outdoors use a range of strategies to give your baby the best protection: use a pram cover, a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style hat and clothing. Keep your baby in the shade whenever possible and try to avoid the middle of the day when UV levels peak. If you use a number of strategies, your baby should be well protected and may only need sunscreen on areas that can’t be protected such as their feet, under their chin. Make sure the sunscreen is labelled SPF 30+ broad spectrum and is for sensitive skin. If you have any concerns, ask your doctor. 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.go.au/weather/uv
Answered: 01 Feb 2008