Keeping our babies safe in the sun is a constant worry for parents. Which raises loads of sunscreen concerns.
The Nest Co have pulled together a collection of information and considerations to help you and your family stay sun smart this summer
The selection and application of a safe sunscreen is so important. Especially in New Zealand and Australia where sadly we have the highest susceptibility to skin cancer in the world, according to new statistics. ¹
Selecting the best sunscreen: What the experts say
Sunscreen has attracted a lot of media attention recently, with concerns over whether some well-known sunscreen brands meet the SPF levels on their labels.
Consumer NZ and Choice Australia (independent consumer advocacy groups) have both conducted SPF testing on a range of household sunscreen products. With varied results of how well these sunscreens meet their SPF protection levels displayed on their labels.
Both reports indicate a need for better sunscreen compliance, more regulated extensive testing and test validation and improved manufacturing quality to ensure batch variation and transport and storage conditions don't affect a product's SPF.
For more information and some very interesting reading, here are the reports:
Application: Some guidance for safer sunscreen use
Your sunscreen is reliant on good application and suitable storage. Here are some things you can do to help ensure the effectiveness of your sunscreen:
Sunscreen and your baby
An infants’ skin is so sensitive, experts recommend for the first six months you avoid having your baby in direct sun. 2 Some sunscreens may recommend they are for use from six months plus. When you are ready to use sunscreen on your baby:
Other sun safe tips for your baby
We hope that this information helps and wish you a happy and safe summer! From the team at The Nest Co x
The Nest Co are not sunscreen experts, nor do we claim to be. The information in this email is general information only provided in an effort to raise awareness around an important subject. Governing bodies, guidelines and regulations vary in different countries. Please ensure that you select safe and compliant sun products and that you use them safely within the guidelines to keep your baby and family safe. If you are ever concerned about the health or safety of your baby, please seek professional advice immediately.
2 The Skin Cancer Foundation. Sun Safety Tips for Infants, Babies and Toddlers. 2015; http://skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/children/sun-safety-tips-for-infants-babies-and-toddlers. Last reviewed May 10, 2016
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