Sun Safety

In the Sunshine State, we need to practice sun safety year-round. This time of the year the sun is more intense requiring even greater protection. Here are some safety tips.


Babies <6 Months Old

Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months of age. Find some shade under a tree, an umbrella, stroller canopy, or a shade tent. If you are at the beach, be aware that the sun’s UV rays can be reflected off the water even though your baby is in the shade.

Be cautious about using a blanket or towel to cover a stroller or car seat for sun protection. Never cover the stroller or car seat completely. Temperatures under the covering will increase rapidly.


General Sun Safety Tips

  • Dress in light-colored, cool, and comfortable clothing covering as much of the body as possible
  • Choose tight-weaved clothing as it protects better than loose-weaved clothing
  • Buy clothing labeled with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor
  • Wear a hat with a 3-inch brim all-round the hat to help protect the face, ears, and back of the neck
  • Limit your exposure to the sun between 12 noon and 2 pm as UV rays are strongest during this time
  • Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 15 sun protection factors (SPF) up to 50 SPF.
  • If possible use a mineral-based sunscreen
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure as it needs time to absorb into the skin
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel

If your child gets a sunburn, call your pediatrician immediately if your child is younger than 1 year. If your child is older, call if there is blistering, pain, or fever.