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Is Sunblock Essential for Babies?

As parents, ensuring the safety and well-being of our little ones is our top priority. When it comes to sun exposure for babies, there are important considerations to keep in mind.

Typically, sunblock is deemed safe for children aged one year and above. However, it’s generally recommended to avoid direct sun exposure for infants under one year whenever possible. Their delicate skin is still developing, and their thermoregulation and ability to absorb substances aren’t fully matured.

But what if you find yourself in a situation where sun exposure is unavoidable, such as a holiday at the beach or pool?

The reason behind limiting sun exposure for babies under one year old is rooted in their physiology. Compared to adults, infants have a higher body surface area to volume ratio, meaning they absorb substances more readily per unit of body weight.

So, while enjoying fun in the sun with your little one can be tempting, it’s crucial to prioritize their safety. Opt for shade whenever possible, dress them in protective clothing, and when sun exposure is unavoidable, choose a physical sunblock to shield their delicate skin from harm. Your baby’s health and well-being are worth every precaution.

– Sunblock Information courtesy from Dr Lynn Chiam, Children & Adult Skin Centre

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