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Old 05-26-09, 06:25 PM
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Question Sunscreen and infants

When can I put sunsscreen on Alex? He's 4 months old. I thought the recommendation was 6 months, but maybe it changed? I don't know.
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Old 05-26-09, 06:29 PM
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My pediatrician said there really wasn't a minimum for babies. At least not for the body - the face is a bit different and she suggested that we use a hat and keep her face shaded until 6 months and then we could start applying the sunscreen to the face.
Still, with drooly faces - the sunscreen doesn't stay put well....
but at least I could get some on the ears and neck and feel comfortable that it would stay in place and protect.
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Old 05-26-09, 06:36 PM
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My ped said that the preference is to keep a hat on and them out of the sun, but that if you're going in the sun, put it on. He recommended Neutrogena for the babies.
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Old 05-26-09, 07:19 PM
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My kids are 6yo and 5yo now... but "way back then" I was told to just do my darndest to keep them in the shade when I could. Keep a hat on them.

THEN he also said that it'd be BETTER to put a lil' sunscreen on a less-than-6mo than to have a baby with a burn... so he suggested I use my best judgement!!

(Water Babies has a sunscreen STICK which is fabulous for faces. It's kinda like chapstick & doesn't run.)

Same with with bug repellant... never anything over 7% deet (for anyone), and try NOT to use it on a baby under 6mo... but again... to use your best judgement.
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Old 05-26-09, 07:28 PM
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i think it's still six months, but as the previous ladies have said, it's up to you! here my babies were older than six months before hot spring/summer days, but even so i tried to keep them out of the sun as much as possible.
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