The skin of infants and toddlers is more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. Their skin absorbs chemicals more easily than the skin of adults and older children. Sun exposure can cause unhealthy changes in the skin, including the skin of infants and toddlers. The ultraviolet radiation that damages skin is UVA and UVB. Children should spend a lot of time outdoors. Protecting their skin from sun damage is very important.
No matter what type or tone of skin a person has, from infancy to old age, everyone should have protection from sun exposure. Sun screen products and sun protective clothing help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and early skin aging throughout life. The best protection is wearing light weight, tightly-woven sun-protective hats and clothing outside. Combine wearing sun protective clothing with wearing sun screen, except that children less than 6 months of age should not have sunscreen products on their skin.