Sun rays, and first of all UV ones, benefit our organism and baby's skin as well. Sunlight increases the whole tonus, activate defensive function of the organism, enrich activity of the blood- circulation and stimulates D vitamin forming, kills disease, producing bacteria. All this is vitally important for the growing organism of an infant.
But nowadays we all are scared by the stories about different cancers, which took rise of sunburns. And the saddest thing is that these horrors are true in many cases. Not everyone knows that research indicates that one blistering sunburn of a baby`s skin doubles the risk of the cancer in later years.
Moreover, skin aging and cancer are delayed effects that don't usually show up for many years after the exposure. Unfortunately, since the baby's skindamage is not immediately visible, parents are often unaware of the dangers of tanning. UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, or from sun lamps may cause skin cancer, and baby`s skin cannot be in safe from it. UV radiation can also have a damaging effect on the immune system and cause premature aging of the baby`s skin, giving it a wrinkled, leathery appearance.So you see that it is very important to protect fragile baby's skin , especially a newborn skin from the sun. Physicians and scientists are concerned that cases of skin cancer will continue to increase as people who are now in their teens and twenties reach middle age.
But it is not an easy thing to do! Children tend to play and stay in the sun more than adults, besides baby's skin is much more sensitive than that of adults. The thing is that there are different views on the sun protection of the baby`s skin. Previous recommendations were that sunscreen should not be used on children under 6 months of age.
Conduct a patch test first to make sure your child does not develop a rash. If there is no reaction on baby's skin, then apply a small amount of sunscreen to the baby's skin , arms, the back of the hands and any other part of the baby`s skin that will be exposed to the sun.
Sunscreen should be applied on the baby's skin about 20 minutes before exposure to the sun and reapplied if the baby has been in the water, even if the sunscreen is waterproof. So you see it's never too early to start protecting baby's skin from the sun's harmful rays. Keep in mind that the sun's rays can cause damage when they reflect off a light surface, such as sand, water or snow. Altitude also affects the intensity of the sun's rays- take care of the baby`s skin by all the available means.
But in spite of all the vulnerability of baby`s skin, you shouldn`t deprive the child of sunlight. Try to dose sun- staying time for your child, preventing your baby`s skin be exposed by the direct sun rays. Take into account all the tips and use them in the process of baby`s skin sun protection. This is the best way to grow up a healthy child!