All children should be protected from sunburn with protective clothing like hats and fine‐meshed shirts as well as a sunblock.
Our recommendation is to apply a PABA‐free, UVB/UVA sunscreen that is waterproof and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before outdoor activity and should be reapplied several times throughout the day, especially after coming out of water, to insure proper protection.
For children less than 6 months of age, the best approach is to avoid direct sun exposure and to use protective clothing. If direct sun is unavoidable, sunscreen application is ‘ok’ to utilize.
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