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It is common to see a baby having a sunbath in the morning. This activity provides warmth and the morning sunbathing thins sputum, reduces jaundice due to high bilirubin, and activates the formation of vitamin D inside the body. Vitamin D may prevent bone disorders by helping the absorption of calcium.
Despite the many benefits, sunbathing a baby should be carefully done. Excessive sun exposure to your little one may increase the risk of skin cancer later. This is the reason why protection from sunlight is vital for your little one. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a guideline that babies of 0 to 6 months should not be exposed to sunlight directly.
Indonesian Pediatric Society (IDAI) recommends that babies should be sunbathed in clothes. About 30 minutes before sunbathing, rub the babies’ skin with sunblock of SPF 15 in minimum. Avoid sunlight exposure between 10 am to 4 pm due to its highest radiation of UVB rays. A child with a family history of skin cancer, fair-skinned, or freckles/brown spots on the face should be more careful.
So, when is the proper time to sunbathe your little one? Child health experts said that the best time is between 6 to 7.30 am, where the sunlight is not yet intense and stingy. It does not take too long to sunbathe your little one; 10 to 30 minutes is the maximum. Avoid dust exposure while sunbathing. If the situation and condition are not feasible, do not force sunbathing your little one.
Make sure your little one’s eyes are not exposed to direct sunlight while sunbathing. You can cover their eyes with a delicate cloth or position the baby’s head in the opposite direction from the sun. Once finished, give breastmilk immediately to prevent dehydration. Then wait for a while before you bathe your little one using warm water. This is the right way to sunbathe your baby.
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