Tips for Keeping Children Safe in the Sun

The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides the following sun safety tips to help parents become better informed on injury prevention tips.

  • It is very important to protect babies and children's skin from sunburns.
  • Babies under 6 months have skin that is thinner than other skin and therefore needs even more protection!
  • Most of our sun exposure (between 60-80%) happens before we turn 18 years old.
  • Sun exposure in early childhood and the adolescent years contributes to the risk of developing skin cancer later on in life.  
  • Here are some great tips for children younger than 1:
    • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.
    • Dress your baby in comfortable lightweight clothing that covers their entire body.
    • If your baby gets sunburn, contact your pediatrician immediately.
    • If you cannot keep them covered or in the shade, sunscreen can be applied.
      • Before using sunscreen, apply a small amount to limited area and watch for any reaction
  • For kids older than 1 year old , here are some more safety tips:
    • Choose sunscreen specifically made for children, preferably waterproof.
    • If a rash develops, contact your child's pediatrician.
    • Dress your child in clothing made of tightly woven fabrics.
    • Sunglasses with UV protection are also a great idea to protect your child's eyes from the sun.
  • More sun safety tips:
    • Avoid going out in the sun when the sun is the strongest: between 10 am and 4pm.
    • Use sunscreen even on a cloudy day. The sun's rays can still get through clouds.
    • Look for sunscreen that will protect against both UV-B and UV-A rays for the bet protection
    • Sunscreen should be reapplied often for the best protection.
    • Use a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.
    • Put on sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors-it needs time to work on the skin.
    • If you child develops a sunburn, keep them out of the sun until the burn completely heals.

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