Most skin cancer is caused by UV exposure. At least 50% of sun damage occurs under the age of ten. Kids under the age of one, should not be exposed to sun light, nor should they have SPF applied to their skin. Kids have thinner, more sensitive skin, making it essential for parents to develop good sun-protection habits from the get-go. Their skin barrier while properly formed at birth is different to that of an adult. As infant skin continues to mature through the first years of life, it is important that skin care products are formulated appropriately.
- Young children should be protected from UV Damage. DNA damage is a core component of sun damage, rendering the affected cells ineffective and, in the worst cases, causing mutations. One bad burning as a child increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.
- Keep indoors between 11am and 2pm.
- Avoiding sun exposure is best. If this is not possible Use stroller covers anytime you take baby outside.
- Protect with appropriate clothing - clothes with dark colours and a tight-weave fabric will protect the skin. Using clothing with a high UPF rating
If sun exposure cannot be avoided, opt for fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic sunscreens that list zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Known as physical sunscreens, these two ingredients block UV rays.
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Paediatrics Wet Skin Gel SPF50
- Heliocare 360° Paediatrics Mineral
- Heliocare Paediatrics Atopic Lotion Spray
If worried about vitamin D- take a vitamin D3 supplement.
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