Baby sunscreen: what protection is needed?
May my baby already be in the sun? And which baby sunscreen offers the best protection? We answer all questions about sun protection for the child!
Baby sunscreen: Can I even apply my baby cream?
The skin of babies and toddlers is even more sensitive than that of adults – so it needs to be particularly well protected. Babies under one year should not be rubbed with sunscreen at best . Through the cream, various chemicals can easily penetrate through the skin surface enlarged in babies. In addition, babies can not regulate their own body temperature – and the sunscreen inhibits sweating even more.
Of course, it is not always possible to give the child full sun protection – especially in the summer. However, a baby should never spend more than ten to fifteen minutes in the sun without protection because the sensitive skin can burn very quickly. Especially at noon, the child plays better in the house or at least in the shade – even there, the important vitamin D formation is stimulated.
Which baby sunscreen is right for you?
Unless otherwise, unprotected skin should be rubbed with a sunscreen that is especially for children. Most of them use a mineral filter that reflects UV rays and prevents the potentially hazardous chemical ingredients (such as fragrances) from penetrating the skin.
A high sun protection factor (“SPF”) is also essential. The cream should have at least SPF 30, very light skin types use best SPF 50th You should also buy no sunscreen that contains alcohol. Tip: Öko-Test tested 2017 sunscreen for children. The winner was the Lavera Sun Sensitive Sunscreen 30, a good low-priced product is the Sun Ozon Sun Milk Kids with LSF 30 from Rossmann.
Tips for parents: The best sunscreen for kids
So that the kids are completely safe, parents should pay attention to the following things:
- Apply in advance: It is best to cream the kids 30 minutes before going into the sun. Distribute the sun cream evenly.
- Leave nothing behind: There are many parts of your body that you would like to forget – for example the back of the ears, feet and hands or the face.
- After creaming: Every two hours, the child should be creamed again. When it was in the water, right after drying.
- Pampering: In the evening, the skin is best supplied with after-sun lotion or a good moisturizer.
What protection do the little ones need except sun lotion?
In addition to sunscreen, we have other options to protect the child from sunburn . These include:
- Always use a sun hat with neck protection
- Wear clothing with UV protection (pay attention to the labeling, the best is the UV-801 standard), preferably long shirts and pants made of thin fabric
- Do not give up shoes and socks
- If possible, have the child wear sunglasses
- Protect the stroller against overheating
- Never leave the child alone in strong sunlight (especially not in the car)