Babies have thinner skin and less melanin then older children and adults, therefore they are more at risk from harmful UV light. To protect babies from sunburn limit their sun exposure, and dress them in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. It is best to try to keep babies in the shade when outside. Parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the face and the back of the hands. Remember to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going outside. If your baby does get a sunburn you can apply cool compresses to the affected area.