Protect Your Baby from the Sun with Baby Sun Hats
Baby hats are not only cute but functional as well. Infant skin is more prone to sun damage, thus protecting them with clothing that covers them up pretty well is the best way to protect their skin against skin damage. You may wonder why accessories like baby hats are such a necessity nowadays. This article aims to enlighten you as to why. Dangers of Too Much Sun to Your Baby A baby’s skin is very thin and is quite sensitive to sun. Ten to fifteen minutes under the sun can already cause sun burn to babies. That’s how vulnerable their skin is to sun damage. Parents seeking advice on how to shield their baby’s delicate skin from the sun may have a difficult time finding solid answers. Therefore, we’ll take a word of advice from The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP). The AAP is discouraging the use of sunscreen on babies (especially those who are less than 6 months old) because babies have such delicate skin that cannot metabolize and excrete chemicals yet. Babies and toddlers are more vulnerable to sun damage, as well as to the chemicals found in sunscreen lotions or sprays. Using alternatives to protect your baby’s sensitive skin from the harmful rays of the sun is highly recommended. Examples of these alternatives are stroller shades, umbrellas, long sleeve shirts, sunglasses with UV protection, and baby sun hats. Sunburns can be very painful for babies and may result in serious health problems such as dehydration and fever. It has been reported that due to the exposure to sun’s harmful rays, one in every 100 children may develop melanoma and worse, skin cancer. Prevention is the best way to avoid these problems that’s why the use of sunscreen alternatives like baby hats is one of the best ways to protect your baby’s skin. Safe Exposure of Your Baby to the Sun A few minutes in the early morning sun is healthy because sunlight is the most natural source of vitamin D. The human skin has an amazing capability of absorbing this vitamin from sunlight. First precaution when basking your baby in the gentle morning sunlight is to avoid protecting the skin with baby oil because it enhances damaging effect of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Another factor to consider is the time when it is relatively safe for babies to absorb a little sunlight. During sunrise and sunset is when it’s safest for babies to catch a little patch of sun. In places closer to the equator, between 10AM to 4PM is when the sun shines its strongest rays. This is the timeframe when you should avoid sunlight from your baby at all cost. If you need to go out with your baby anytime during these hours, you have to attach an umbrella or canopy when using a stroller; and the baby needs to wear long sleeves, tight-woven clothing, shades, and baby hat when going out. About Melondipity: Melondipity aims to provide the best experience through our unique crafts, customer-friendly website, and our overall customer care. Our baby hats and headbands are crafted with utmost care, quality, and passion. We strive to suit every client’s needs and requirements. Check out the baby hats we have available, and don’t hesitate to contact us for your questions and inquiries.