And it's not just sunscreen. Making sure kids wear sunglasses to protect their eyes, Chapstick with protection for their lips and be sure to check the expiration date. Also consider hats for an extra barrier for sun damage. Added Dr. Woolery, "Sunscreen is approved for ages six months and up. That's when you can start. If your baby is younger than that, we really shouldn't be putting them out from the 10 - 4 time period anyway."
It's good advice at any age - but Dr. Woolery says that sunburn is worse the younger the age. "We've had time to develop melanin and natural protection but babies don't have that. And their lowerst levels are immature and just one blistering sunburn can increase their risk for melanoma later in life if they have a blistering sunburn before the age of 10."