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Health Tip: Protect Newborns From the Sun

Suggestions to prevent burns in babies less than 6 months

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(HealthDay News) -- A newborn's sensitive skin is particularly vulnerable to sunburn, so parents should be extra cautious.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to prevent sunburn in babies less than six months:

  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
  • Dress baby in a lightweight, long-sleeved top and long pants.
  • Put baby in a wide-brimmed hat to shield the face.
  • If you can't keep baby out of the sun, apply a small bit of sunscreen to the face and the backs of baby's hands.


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