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What is the best sunscreen to use on my baby?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
OK if recommended: Your baby should be at least 6 months old before using any sunscreen, at least those that are currently available. I usually recommend fragrance free and sensitive skin products with reapplication during the day. Try a test patch on an area for a few days prior to covering the body.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Water Babies: Up to several years ago it was not recommended using sunblock on babies less than six months of age. It is a good idea to limit sun exposure in all babies. In the event the baby is exposed to the sun use a sunscreen appropriate for infants and children such as water babies.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Shirt and Sun-Hat: Unlike adults, babies don't care whether they have a"good tan." dress your baby in loose-fitting, thin, cotton clothes, and a wide-brimmed sun-hat (it's helpful that kids look so cute in their "summer outfits" and sun-hats!). Camp out under the sun canopy whenever possible. Remember: >80% of the uv sun exposure that causes skin cancer occurs in the first 10 years of life.
Dr. John Boyle
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Do Your Research: There are many factors when choosing sunscreen for your baby including: uva and uvb protection, avoiding products with vitamin a(retinyl palmitate)/oxybenzone/added insect repellent, use creams not powder/sprays. American academy of pediatrics recommendations can be found at www.Healthychildren.Org (sun safety) another helpful site which rates sunscreen safety is at: www.Ewg.Org.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Adorable Baby: Check out the environmental working group webite, they list the safest sunscreens, but at the top of this list are: adorable baby, aveeno (oatmeal) baby natural, babyganics and badger baby sunscreen.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Zinc oxide: In general. Same thing desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is made from.

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Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 29 years experience
Zinc oxide: Many of the sunscreens available in the us are banned in europe due to concerns about carcinogenic risk of some of the ingredients. However, the risk of skin cancer after a sunburn far exceeds any potential risk from sunscreens. The safest sunscreens are the barrier sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium.

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