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FAQ Summer

Frequently Asked Questions: Summer

Is it alright to use Sunscreen on my baby?

It is not safe to use sunscreen on a baby under six [6] months of age.  Sun avoidance is recommended in this age group.

Sunscreen is recommended for all children ages six [6] months and under, who will be exposed to direct sunlight for more than several minutes.  It is important that sunscreen be reapplied at least every two [2] hours.

What kind of insect repellent is safe for my child?

The American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] recommends not using insect repellent on children under two [2] months of age.  For children over two [2] months, a repellent with no more than ten percent [10%] to thirty percent [30%] DEET is recommended.  The AAP also suggests avoiding combination of sunscreens and insect repellents.  This is because sunscreen should be reapplied every two [2] hours while repellent does not require such frequent application.

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