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Is it safe to use sunscreen on my baby?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In general we recommend that babies not have sunscreen until six months of age.
It's not that sunscreen is harmful to the skin, but rather we like these kids out of the direct sun as much as possible. After six months sunscreen is ok, but be mindful that 9 month olds love to take suncreen on their hands and immediately rub it into their eyes! i like the zinc oxide sunscreens best!

In brief: Yes
In general we recommend that babies not have sunscreen until six months of age.
It's not that sunscreen is harmful to the skin, but rather we like these kids out of the direct sun as much as possible. After six months sunscreen is ok, but be mindful that 9 month olds love to take suncreen on their hands and immediately rub it into their eyes! i like the zinc oxide sunscreens best!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Keep in mind desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is zinc oxide, and is used for diaper rash, also a very effective sunscreen.

In brief: Yes
Keep in mind desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is zinc oxide, and is used for diaper rash, also a very effective sunscreen.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes, used as recommended sunscreens are safe at any age.

In brief: Yes
Yes, used as recommended sunscreens are safe at any age.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The safest ways to protect babies from excessive sun exposure are mechanical - shade, cover with clothes/hats/sunglasses, and so on.
But if that is not practical, and for sun-exposed areas, you can use a chemical-free sunscreen (only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients). Test a small amount on a patch of skin when first applying.

In brief: Yes
The safest ways to protect babies from excessive sun exposure are mechanical - shade, cover with clothes/hats/sunglasses, and so on.
But if that is not practical, and for sun-exposed areas, you can use a chemical-free sunscreen (only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients). Test a small amount on a patch of skin when first applying.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Those sunscreens made with titanium or zinc oxides physically block sunlight (like the way tiny particles of paint would).
The titanium sunscreens may be less likely to cause allergic or other skin reactions, compared to the common chemical sunscreens. It is better to keep babies in the shade (or indirect sunlight) and only smear sunscreen on them when they have no shady place to play.

In brief: Yes
Those sunscreens made with titanium or zinc oxides physically block sunlight (like the way tiny particles of paint would).
The titanium sunscreens may be less likely to cause allergic or other skin reactions, compared to the common chemical sunscreens. It is better to keep babies in the shade (or indirect sunlight) and only smear sunscreen on them when they have no shady place to play.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Over the age of 6 months you should use sunscreen for protection.
At least spf 30 or higher, with frequent, every 2 hour, application. Any good child sunscreen should be paba free, and will say so on the bottle. For those under 6 months, you should avoid strong sun exposure. If the choice is a little suncreen or a major burn, a little sunscreen is ok, but try to avoid those situations.

In brief: Yes
Over the age of 6 months you should use sunscreen for protection.
At least spf 30 or higher, with frequent, every 2 hour, application. Any good child sunscreen should be paba free, and will say so on the bottle. For those under 6 months, you should avoid strong sun exposure. If the choice is a little suncreen or a major burn, a little sunscreen is ok, but try to avoid those situations.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Sunscreen is safe for baby's skin, however we recommend keeping your baby out of the sun as much as possible (especially in the first 6 months).
When you do use a sunscreen make sure it is broad spectrum and reapply it every 2 hours or if your child gets wet or sweaty. Also try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and remember your wide brimmed hats and sunglasses too!

In brief: Yes
Sunscreen is safe for baby's skin, however we recommend keeping your baby out of the sun as much as possible (especially in the first 6 months).
When you do use a sunscreen make sure it is broad spectrum and reapply it every 2 hours or if your child gets wet or sweaty. Also try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and remember your wide brimmed hats and sunglasses too!
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Syed Masood
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
If used as directed they are safe for any age.

In brief: Yes
If used as directed they are safe for any age.
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood
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In brief: Yes
Not all sunscreens are safe, though.
I would recommend zinc oxide-based screens; they are solid white in color, not as 'pretty' as clear lotions but safer and more visible if rubbed off.

In brief: Yes
Not all sunscreens are safe, though.
I would recommend zinc oxide-based screens; they are solid white in color, not as 'pretty' as clear lotions but safer and more visible if rubbed off.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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