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A look into the baby's skin
The use of sunscreens right at the infant stage is usually prohibited. The outermost dead skin layer usually responsible for protection is very thin in infants as compared to adults. Also baby's skin does not have something called the acid mantle. Acid mantle is responsible for protection against bacteria and other microorganisms. Since the baby's body surface area to weight ratio is more, they are more vulnerable to chemicals. Plus, one cannot trust them! They may find the sunscreen tasty and might have a small meal!
The skin of the baby has very little melanin. It is the same compound which induces color to the skin as well as hairs.
What to look for in a sunscreen for the baby
And also apply the sunscreen on a small portion of area first, and analyze the reaction of the skin first. Then decide its usage.
Some of the natural substances having SPF greater than 15 include:
Mineral based sun treatments give the best output on the baby.
So choose your product wisely. If in case, there are some doubts, do not hesitate to consult the dermatologist. But remember do not overprotect your child from the sun. They have to be exposed out, otherwise, it becomes difficult in the later stages. Also they need their dose of Vitamin D, after all their bones must have the power to run and bend!
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