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How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Kids and Babies

Updated on February 23, 2012

Choosing the Best Sunscreen for Children and Babies....

Natural Sunscreen is an option that many parents are now choosing for their children and babies.

It 's that time of year again, and the sizzling heat of the sun, absolutely demands the very best sunscreen protection for your children! Many mom's today want a natural sunscreen for their kids.

Everyone is taking it off for Summer, and exposing more skin to the harmful rays of the sun! Babies, and in particular young children, will inevitably get more sun than most adults. What this means, is that your kids are going to need the best sunscreen protection available, to protect their delicate skin from the harmful effects of too much exposure to the sun.

Parents have many choices for sunscreen, but what do you need to look for in a sunscreen that you can be confident will protect your child. As I said before, a lot of parents are now looking for sunscreens with natural ingredients. Natural sunscreens are making their way onto the market at rapid speed. Finding a natural sunscreen locally, may not be as easy as ordering one online.

Kids just want to be outdoors all day, frolic and play in the water - and not think about anything but enjoying the sun and fun of Summer-time! Mommies, your job is to do whatever it takes to protect your young children's extremely vulnerable skin -- from the harmful effects of spending too much time, having fun with Mr. Summer Sun!

A Baby or young child's tender young skin, can actually burn within only minutes of exposure to the sun. Ensuring that your children are protected, and maybe trying a natural sunscreen, while spending time this Summer in the sun, requires a vigilant effort on the part of a parent. That begins first, by applying the best sunscreen you can possibly buy, to your little one's very delicate skin.

There are many good sunscreens on the market for babies and children. Finding the right one, whether it is a natural sunscreen, or one of the many popular mainstream brands can be confusing. But, there are some specific qualities about any sunscreen that the sunscreen that you choose for your children, must have. Whether it is a natural sunscreen, or other...

Sensitive Young Skin is Vulnerable Without Proper Protection While in the Sun...

  • A Baby or young child's tender young skin, can actually burn within only minutes of exposure to the sun.
  • Ensuring that your children are protected while spending time this Summer in the sun, requires a vigilant effort on the part of a parent.
  • That begins first, by applying the best sunscreen you can possibly buy, to your little one's very delicate skin.
  • A natural sunscreen may be the best choice for you children.

Warnings About the Harmful Rays of the Sun for Children.

The Department of Health urges citizens and visitors to local beaches, to protect against sunburn caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays and practice smart tanning procedures. Florida Dept of Health Advice For Everyone

What can and should a parent look for, when choosing a good sunscreen for your children? Here is a list of facts about picking the right sunscreen for children, and the most important and vital information, for you to know when you set out shopping to buy a sunscreen.

  • Whether choosing a sunscreen for an infant or that preteen soccer player - there is important information that you need to know about - to ensure that the sunscreen you choose to buy, will provide the full protection for your baby or child's tender young skin while in the sun.

Use Sunscreen Liberally...

Three Facts to Help You Choose The Right Sunscreen for Kids:

1. The job of a sunscreen is to filter out the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun. These are the rays of the sun that cause skin cancer. UV rays are invisible to the eye. Skin cancer is less likely with proper protection and limited time spent in the sun.

2. Children need sunscreen and should wear it when going outside at all times. Those who are more vulnerable to the effects of UV rays; are those with lighter skin, skin that tends to turn red and burn more easily, and those who freckle. Also, blonds and redheads, as well as those with blue or green eyes are at higher risk for skin cancer.

3. Sunscreens come in a variety of forms, such as lotions, gels, foams and sprays. Not all sunscreens contain the same ingredients. If you child's skin reacts to one brand of sunscreen, try another. You should apply sunscreen on your children even on cloudy or cool days. Re-apply every two hours spent in the sun, right after swimming or doing things that make them sweat.

4. Due to the frequent re-applications that are necessary for you to most effectively protect your children from harmful sun exposure, a natural sunscreen should be considered for young children and babies in particular.

Skin Cancer Facts and Sunscreen Guide. pdf

Cover Up From Head to Toe!

Five Safety Tips for Your Children in the Sun:

Avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours of the sun's rays (between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.).

Apply sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15, paying special attention to the face, nose, ears and shoulders. Apply sunscreen liberally, avoiding the eyes.

A sunscreen with a SPF of 30 more more should be used for children. Babies should not spend a lot of time in the sun, and your pediatrician should be consulted for babies under 6 months of age.

Don't forget your lips. Bring along a lip balm with a SPF of 15 or more.

Please DO consider a natural sunscreen, when choosing the best sunscreen for your kids.

An Aloe-based after-sun lotion is a great way to soothe your skin after a day in the sun.

Fun is the Sun

Protection From the Sun can be really Cool!

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How do 'you' protect your children from the harmful effect of the Sun?

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      skin cancer warning signs 

      8 years ago

      thank you 4 sharing...

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Joanna. I appreciate the recommendation.

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      8 years ago

      I totally recommend KINeSYS SPF 30 KIDS Spray Sunscreen ( as it just sprays on and dries instantly which makes it super easy to apply to your kids when they're wriggling around. It's preservative, alcohol, PABA and paraben free, as well as fragrance free and hypoallergenic and KINeSYS sunscreen is also PTPA-Parent Tested, Parent Approved, which I think is worth mentioning. Finally, the bottle can be fully recycled, which I really appreciate as I like to do my part to help reduce waste going to the landfil!

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      8 years ago

      I recommend kidsUV natural sunscreen. It has no parabins

      and comes in pink or aqua blue and goes on increadibly smooth.

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      Todd Anderson 

      9 years ago

      I struggled with atopic dermatitis(extremely dry, sensitive skin - aka eczema) for many years. Living in Florida, I found myself exposed to intense sun regularly as a teenager & young adult, but couldn't use common sunscreeens as they irritated my skin more than they helped it. As fate would have it, my mother met a business person who had developed the first 100% natural sunscreen product. The company's name is Absolutely Natural and not only did their sunscreens work for me, but their daily moisturizer(also 100% natural) became the cornerstone of my regimen to keep my skin hydrated and symptom free throughout the year.

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      10 years ago

      There are new reports about the possible carcinogenic (sp?) effects of sunscreen - any thoughts on this? You seem to know a lot!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never heard of natural sunscreen before, I think it's a great idea, especially for little ones.

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hope -

      I really do hope that this gives parents who are concerned about protecting their children and babies from the sun, some good guidelines, and will see that there are many options and resources for choosing a good suncreen. I also hope that more parents will consider choosing a natural sunscreen, as this is most likely much better for children and babies.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Write On!

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Lots of really good information and advice here--everyone should use sunscreen but it's especially important for children. Skin damage in childhood can show up years later in the form of anything from premature wrinkles to cancer--childhood skin damage casts a long shadow LOL Thumbs up!

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      Hope Wilbanks 

      10 years ago from Louisiana

      Very good tips here! This is a good reference for parents who like to get outdoors a lot.

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hi Sunshine -

      Thank you for adding this recommendation, and important information regarding organic sunscreens for children. I know that this will be very helpful for my readers to consider as they decide on a sunscreen for their children.

      Again, thanks for taking the time to comment and share your knowledge.

      Write On!

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      10 years ago

      Use mineral sunscreens!

      Many of the sunscreens shown in the photo are chemical sunscreens. Chemicals sunscreens are under a great amount of scruitiny due to their potential ability to harm both humans and the environment.

      Many of the chemicals used in Chemical Sunscreens can enter the body and act as endocrine disruptors. An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body's normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control.

      Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies. To be safe, choose minerals before chemicals!

      Avobenzone has potential to generate free radicals (cancer causing agents); also have potential to distribute endocrine disruptors (cancer causing agents).

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hi Doghouse -

      Thanks for doing all that. You are awesome.

      Write On!

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Dugg and Stumbled!

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Water Dogs require a lot of sun screen! Thanks for the reminder!


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