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Keep Baby Inside, Out Of The Sun

By Jodie Lynn


I have a six-month-old baby and would like to do as much as possible to protect his skin this summer. What products really work for the tender skin on a child under the age of one for the hot summer days?


If you need to go out in the sun with your young baby, be sure that he wears sunscreen. Keep him in the shade. It is much better if you can just have someone watch him while you go out in the heat, especially if the temperature is high. This way, he can stay cool and you can deal with the sun without constantly worrying that he is getting burned. - K.E. in Fort Myers, FL


It is not recommended that children under the age of one go out in the sun, regardless of sunscreen, for several reasons. Not only can the sun burn but also certain sunscreens can be a huge challenge. If you must take him out, do not stay out long. Discuss with your pediatrician about which sunscreen is best for the skin of children under the age of three and what to do should it cause a rash. Sometimes, parents mix certain over the counter products to help boost the sunscreen protection or to make it less of a risk of irritating a child's skin. Ask what those products are before purchasing, instead of using what works on your friends' children, especially since your son is so young. It would be best to try a product on him before he gets out into the sun. This way, you are able to try various ones in the comfort of your home, wash it off if needed, let the skin dry and try a different one on another day. Always try to keep him in the shade as much as possible, offer plenty of water to drink, dress in a light weight shirt in a light shade of color and make sure that there is plenty of room for the air to flow through the clothing and around his skin. Don't forget to put sunscreen on his ears, fingers, toes, on the bottom of his feet and behind his ears and neck. A good hat is essential, if you are able to keep it on his head. To be honest, waiting until he is older before taking him out and about on hot days is really the best solution, at least for any length of time in direct sun light. For now, even a half of a day at the beach is pretty much out until he gets older.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including,,,,, and Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.


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