Infant Sun Protection & Heat Rash Identification

Summer is almost here and we all want to enjoy the sun, but babies will need extra protection while outside! Babies are at special risk for sunburn because of their thinner and more delicate skin that irritates more easily. Parents need to be extra cautious when having babies in the sun because they cannot communicate whether they are too hot. Dressing your baby in full coverage, but cool clothes, and frequently applying sunscreen are your baby’s best defense against the sun.

Here are some tips to help keep your baby protected while having fun in the sun:

  • Avoid the hottest hours 10:00am to 2:00pm to help babies stay cool
  • Sunscreen can be applied to babies younger than 6 months to exposed skin areas every hour and a half and 30 minutes before going outside
  • Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight to avoid over heating
  • In addition to applying sunscreen babies should be under shade, an umbrella, or stroller canopy
  • Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight to avoid over heating
  • Dress babies in lightweight cotton, fulling covering exposed skin, in addition to a wide brimmed sun hat

Heat rash is something that babies can develop from spending time in the sun. It occurs during hot and humid weather that causes sweat glands to become blocked, resulting in little red bumps around the sweat ducts. To identify if your baby is experiencing heat rash, look for tiny red moist bumps in the skin folds of the neck, upper chest, arms, legs, and diaper area. The best defense against heat rash is to avoid over exposure to the sun and to follow the above points of protection.

If your baby is showing signs of heat rash here is what you should do:

  • Dress babies in cool and dry clothing
  • Keep skin folds dry of sweat, drool and urine
  • Use cool water to wash away body oil and sweat, then properly dry
  • Leave effected areas uncovered and open to air
  • Use air conditioning or a gentle fan to keep baby cool
  • Do NOT apply skin ointments
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