It’s that time of year again. We just booked our summer beach vacation, so I am on the hunt for the best sunscreen/sunblock for my kids. I found some recommendations for sunblock usage at a pediatrician’s website, which I listed below. I also used Healthy Children as a source, which is partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am not a doctor, so ask your pediatrician if you have any questions.
- It is recommended to use a sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher. Children who have fair skin (typically children with blonde or red hair) should use at least a SPF 30.
- Apply sunblock at least 30 minutes before exposure to the sun so the sunscreen has time to penetrate the skin.
- Make sure to apply sunblock to the areas of the skin that burn easily such as ears, nose, cheeks, and shoulders.
- Reapply sunblock every 3-4 hours, as well as after swimming and profuse sweating.
- Waterproof sunscreen really means that it stays on for 30 minutes.
- Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10AM and 4PM because that is when the UV rays are at it’s highest.
- Babies 6 months and under should stay out of direct sunlight. They should always wear a hat and stay in the shade if possible.
- Look for the new UVA “star” rating system on the label. One star is low UVA protection. Two stars is medium protection. Three stars is high protection. Four stars is the highest UVA protection available in an over-the-counter sunscreen product.
- Buy sunglasses for the kids. They make baby sunglasses also!
So which sunscreen is recommended? Like I said, I am not a doctor. However, last year I was recommended to use Blue Lizard. There are definitely other good sunscreens on the market. It is also good to stay away from Paba because it can cause an allergic reaction, which happened to me on my honeymoon and it was NOT fun!