Should infants be exposed to sunlight?
Sunbath when given to infants is very beneficial studies suggest. The minimum time infants need to be exposed to sunlight every day to acquire sufficient levels of vitamin D in their body. The study found that an exposure of as low as about 30 minutes per week with about 40% of the child’s body exposed to sunlight can help achieve adequate vitamin D status at six months of age. But Melanoma is among the most common forms of cancer and it is caused due to exposure of UV rays one should use sunscreen but can it be used on children, if not then is sun exposure safe for infants?
@abe Hello, yes it is safe. Avoid using sunscreen. Baby’s young skin doesn’t have the ability to metabolize and excrete chemicals often found in sunscreens. Infants under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. It is safe but always protects your baby’s head, face, ears, and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. Take walks early in the morning before 10 AM or after 4 PM and use a stroller with a sun-protective cover.