Babies’ skin is delicate and it requires extra diligence. Infants have a higher surface-area to body weight ratio compared to older children and adults. During summer, it is an important task for the parents to protect the baby from the sun’s bright rays. You need to avoid exposing your baby during the peak hours generally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where the ultra violet rays are most intense. Younger infants don’t sweat like adults. Sweat cools us down when we are hot, but babies haven’t fully developed with built-in heating and cooling system. Their bodies can't tolerate extreme temperatures, so you need to make sure that your baby doesn’t get overheated. Do not forget, a very few serious sunburns can just increase the risk of skin cancer when your child grows up. If you take simple steps now, you can protect your baby from the risks of sun exposure in long term.
If your baby is younger than 6 months, the best thing that you can do is to keep him/her away from the direct sunlight or keep him under shade. You need to protect your baby by dressing him/her in comfortable light weight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats that provides shade to the neck to prevent sunburn.
If there is no way to keep your baby out of the sun, you need to consult your pediatrician and if your pediatrician agrees you can apply a small portion of sunscreen on the exposed areas. Remember, applying sunscreen is just like an extra precaution for your baby and it doesn’t mean that he/she can be out in the sun for a long period.
If your child gets sunburned in spite of these precautions, take a small amount of sandalwood paste or cucumber juice and mix it with rose water and apply it on child’s skin. This traditional remedy will soothe his/her skin, cool it and prevent further burning.
Lotus herbals kids sun block
This sunscreen can be used for babies above the age of 6 months since it contains parabens and fragrance. It comes with 25 SPF. It claims to be sweat proof and protects from UVA and UVB rays.
Price: Rs.195/- for 100gm Buy now
It is a natural product that is hypo allergenic and is completely safe for children. It contains natural rice extract and is extra mild on babies with SPF 20.
Price: Rs.995/- Buy now
This sun milk comes with an SPF 30 and has a fluid texture. It is dermatologically tested and protects the baby’s skin.
Price: Rs.899/- for 200ml Buy now
This 150ml of bottle comes with an SPF 50+ and contains 98% filter of UVA and UVB rays. It will last on the baby’s skin up to 6 hrs.
Price: Rs.1500/- for 150ml Buy now
Aveeno Active Baby Natural Protection SPF 50+ Lotion
This sunscreen has mineral guard technology and is one of the best products. It contains oat extracts, zinc oxide and titanium oxide and forms as a protective barrier for the baby’s skin against the UV rays.
Price: Rs.1771 Buy now
You can trust this brand very well as it is chemical free and fragrance free. It is a water resistant sunscreen and is a top choice for babies with sensitive skin.
Price: Rs.1521 Buy now
This sunscreen has high zinc oxide content is a good product. It is convenient to use on the baby’s skin for day trips to the beach or pool.
Price: Rs.2,520 Buy now
This product provides good coverage and blends in well. There are many natural ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera and jojoba oil which will nourish the baby’s skin.
Price: Rs.1775 Buy now
Badger sunscreen is a broad spectrum sunscreen and it is 100% natural. It is bio degradable and pediatrician tested which is waterproof up to 40 minutes.
Price: Rs.1920 Buy now
It is a mineral based broad spectrum sunscreen which can protect the delicate skin of babies. This moisturizing sunscreen is water resistant up to 80 minutes and keeps the skin soft and safe.
Price: Rs.996 Buy now
You can get this product for the fragrance free formula which contains calendula marshmallow and chamomile aloe extracts to help soothe and nourish skin. It contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which works by scattering light rays instead of absorbing them.
Price: Rs.1193 Buy now
You need to be extra cautious while buying a product for your baby. Some company claims to have high SPF and the ingredients present in the bottle may harm your child’s skin. Hence, it is important to avoid products that can be hazardous.
You must avoid products which contains the following Ingredients:
Not so good sunscreens