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  • For babies 6 months old or younger, sunscreen is not an FDA approved product. Protect babies by avoiding the sun. If you are outside, use shade and hats.
  • If the baby is 6 months or older apply an SPF 30+. Make sure your sunscreen is chemical free, meaning it only contains zinc and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. We like Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Elta MD UV Pure SPF 47, and Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby SPF 60+.
  • Once your kids are up and running, protect them like you protect yourself.
  • Avoid the sun in peak times-when your kids wake you up early at the beach, head on out so you can be inside having lunch between peak damaging hours of 10am and 2pm.
  • Apply sunscreen before going out and reapply every 80 minutes-this is especially important for active kids who are swimming and sweating. Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself.
  • Take advantage of rash guards to simplify your routine-SPF 50+ clothing doesn’t require reapplication every 80 minutes!
  • Kids’ eyes are especially sensitive to UV rays, get your kids into the habit of wearing sunglasses.
  • Hats, umbrellas and other shade structures are a great way to lessen effects of UV rays.
  • Bottom Line-have fun in the sun but be safe! Damage done in childhood lasts a lifetime. Teach your kids healthy habits now and they will thank you later…maybe not until they have kids of their own!

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