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QA3: Can I use sunblock on my infant? What is the safest sunblock level to use?

Sunscreen can be used on infants and children of any age, however, avoiding exposure to the sun?s rays in infants < 6 months of age is best. Children should be dressed in light colored long sleeved clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. If possible, limit exposure to the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun exposure is most intense. If your child is going to be outside, a broad spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with a minimum 30 SPF should be used. Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outside and needs to be reapplied every 2 hours, after swimming, or sweating. Apply sunscreen liberally; approximately 1 ounce is needed to adequately protect a young adult. Be careful on beaches as sand and the water can reflect UV rays and can cause a burn. (Snow can do this too!) – by Kathleen Carr, PNP

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