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When can i start putting sunscreen on my baby?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
At any age, but...: Newborns and young babies are at special risk from sun exposure and you shouldn't rely on sunscreen to protect them. If they have to be outdoors, use sunscreen, but also be very cautious about providing lots of shade. Keep outdoor time in bright sun on on hot days limited.
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
6months: Aap recommends sunscreen for babies over 6 months. This is mainly because babies under 6 months really shouldn't be in the direct sunlight- but if they are, sunscreen should definitely be used! use a broad spectrum sunscreen which protects against uva and uvb light. Along with sunscreen always use sunglasses and a hat as protection as well.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Sunblock right away: I would avoid the use of chemical sunscreens and recommend sunblocks such as zinc oxide based products.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Very soon!: Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is the same ingredient used in sunblock.....You must cover the baby up earlyu on but certainly by 6 mos.
Dr. Leonard Grossman
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
As soon : As soon as you plan on being in the sun, your baby should be covered in sunscreen. Speak to your pediatrician regarding recommendations. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Macri
Cosmetic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: On baby's exposure to sun light.. A certain amt of sunlight needed for vit. D conversion. But if taking baby to beach use sunblock probable a physical block zn oxide and titanium dioxide .. Stay away from chemical blocks in young baby ( why put chemicals on their skin).

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