Water Babies: How to Protect Your Baby from Sunburn When You Can’t Use Sunscreen

Babies under six months old shouldn’t wear sunscreen — so how do you protect them in the glaring sun? PLUS: Green Living Tip of the Week

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Dear Mama Greenest,

What should I do about sunscreen? I heard you shouldn’t use it on babies under six months, but I’m afraid my son will get burned (he’s five months).

Good question! Especially since it seems the sun has been making up for lost time now that it’s finally out. Here’s the deal: The AAP doesn’t recommend the use of sunscreen on babies under six months (although for the past several years they’ve said it’s okay to apply a small amount if there’s no way to avoid the sun). The reason why sunscreen isn't to be used on wee babes is because their skin is extremely sensitive and they don't yet have the ability to metabolize and excrete the chemicals found in most sun blocks (remember that our skin is our largest organ; it takes less than a minute for what we apply topically to enter our bloodstream).

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Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher
Rhinebeck, NY

Dutchess County native Shannon Gallagher is a contributing editor for Hudson Valley Magazine. An erstwhile thrill-seeker, these days she courts disaster of a different variety wrangling a spirited toddler, honing her vegan baking skills, and chasing the ever-elusive work-family balance. She teaches Pilates and does fascial bodywork, and lives in Rhinebeck with Coraline, a cat named Otie, and Sushi the Fish (named, of course, by the toddler).



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