The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following when using sunscreen on babies and toddlers:
Children younger than 6 months of age: Protect their skin from the sun by keeping them in the shade and dressing them in long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Take care, of course, to prevent overheating. If possible, avoid using sunscreen on these children.
Children 6 months of age and older: Use a sunscreen that:
- Contains one or both of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients are less likely to irritate a baby's sensitive skin.
- Does NOT contain fragrance, oils, PABA, or active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens, which can irritate sensitive skin
- Is hypoallergenic
Remember, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect your skin. In addition, seek shade and wear sun-protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.