The Importance of Sunscreen for Your Child While Moving Outside

The thinner child skin and vulnerability to sunburn make the mother must be careful in protecting an outdoor activity, one of which is the use of sunscreen specifically for babies and children.

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It's nice if you can with the child move outside, enjoy the fresh air by walking around, playing on the beach, or just playing in the garden or playground. To maintain security and health during your activities, Mother also needs to pay attention to how to protect your child's skin from the adverse effects of sunlight while playing outdoors.

Impact of sun exposure

The skin uses sunlight to produce vitamin D which is useful for bone formation and health. Nevertheless, ultraviolet (UV) rays contained in sunlight have the adverse potential for the body, especially the skin. Too many UV rays can cause the skin to burn and damage skin cells.

The layer of the skin epidermis does have cells that contain melanin pigments, which are useful for protecting the skin from UV light. But over time, sun exposure can reduce skin elasticity and cause premature aging, as well as some problems with the skin. Frequent and prolonged UV rays can even cause skin cancer.

The importance of SPF on sunscreen for babies

Compared to the skin of adults, a baby's skin is thinner and more susceptible to irritation. Certainly, children's skin is also more sensitive to exposure to sunlight because the content of melanin on the skin is still a little. In infants, the bad effects of sunburn can become medical emergencies that cause heat, shivering, dehydration, high fever, burns, and infections. Too often exposed to sunlight in childhood can even increase the risk of a child experiencing melanoma later on. Therefore, the right treatment is very important applied to protect your child from the evil effects of sunlight while on-space activities.

The best form of protection against sunlight is to keep children not exposed to direct sunlight, or in other ways, namely the use of sunscreens. Remember your child's skin is more sensitive, so the sunscreen product used cannot be equated with sunscreen products for adults. Make sure the sunscreen for children is a special sunscreen that is safe for babies and children.

Baby special sunscreen products may be given if your child is more than 6 months old. Sunscreen for babies and children suggested is a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. Choose a sunscreen for children that can protect them from exposure to UVA and UVB.

While for babies under 6 months, avoid direct sunlight (especially at 10.00-15.00) with other protection, for example by wearing closed clothes. If it is unavoidable, the use of sunscreen is still allowed but in fewer amounts, and one is more careful when applying it to the area near the child's eyes and mouth.

Choose a safe sunscreen for the child

The principle of choosing baby care products, no exception sunscreen, is all the same, namely selecting the product with less active ingredients. Avoid products containing parabens, formaldehyde, acid para-aminobenzoic (PABA), and benzophenones, such as dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone. The ingredients containing fragrances also need to be avoided, because they can generally irritate children's skin. Before buying a product for your child, make sure the mother reads the label on the packaging first, to find out what material is used.

To prevent irritation to the skin and child's eyes, use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. And it is not recommended to use sunscreen products combined with insect repellents, such as DEET.

Some sunscreen products also offer other excellence of extra materials, but always make sure the ingredients in the product are safe for the skin of the child. One extra content used in sunscreen is a bisabolol, or often called levomenol. Bisabolol is a natural aroma of chamomile flowers. Bisabolol is known to be good for the skin because it has the properties of reducing irritation, inflammation, and antimicrobial. Bisabolol skincare products can also relieve skin irritation due to eczema in infants.

Every time the mother starts using sunscreens in children, take a trial first. Apply sunscreen to a little skin area to make sure your child is not allergic to the product.

Outdoor activities will help develop child motor skills. By providing proper protection, exposure to dangerous ultraviolet light can be avoided.