Younger children have thinner skin and less melanin then older children, therefore they are more at risk from harmful UV light. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it only takes one severe burn to double your child’s chance of getting melanoma later in life. The foundation also reports that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Teaching children how to protect their skin can help reduce their chances of skin damage and skin cancer.
Ways to Protect Royal Prince George Alexander Louis (and all babies!)
- Avoid direct sun exposure.
- Seek the shade during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Cover-up by dressing in lightweight UPF clothing and accessories – we think Prince George Alexander Louis would look adorable in our UPF 50+ zoo time sun sleeves for baby boys.
- Sunglasses should be worn – we love Babiators as a safe option with their 100% UVA and UVB protective lenses.
- Car shades like the EZ-Cling from Britax can be placed on the car window to keep your child cool and shield them from UV rays and sun glare.
- A car seat canopy can block the sun and bugs – we think the canopy that Imagine Baby offers is the best out there!
- Sunscreen should be avoided in babies under 6 months of age, if over six months of age we recommend applying sunscreen like thinksport’s thinkbaby, which has the highest SPF+ 50 per FDA rules, 15-30 minutes prior to going outside. When using sunscreen, re-apply every two hours and after getting wet.
- Follow all of these measures even on cloudy days as 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate the clouds.