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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 6:14 am

Protect your baby from the sun

It’s definitely summer in Arizona, but how can you protect your infant from the summer sun? According to the Food and Drug Administration, parents should not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months of age. Because a baby’s skin is thinner than an adult’s, infants can absorb more of the chemical ingredients in sunscreen. Infants are also at a higher risk of allergic reaction or inflammation from sunscreen.

“The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun and to avoid exposure to the sun in the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense,” said Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the FDA.

She also recommends keeping babies in the shade or in light-weight, long-sleeved clothing and brimmed hats. If sun exposure can’t be helped, Sachs recommends using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to small areas such as cheeks or the back of hands.

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