Insect repellent and sunscreen are both important for protecting babies from harm when they are outdoors. Here's why:
Insect repellent: Babies have delicate skin, and insect bites can be particularly harmful to them. Insect repellent can help protect babies from mosquito and other insect bites that can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, or transmit dangerous diseases like Zika virus, Dengue fever or Malaria. Parents should always use insect repellents that are safe for babies and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Sunscreen: Babies' skin is very sensitive and vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn, which can be painful and damaging to the skin. Sunburns in childhood also increases the risk of skin cancer later in life. Sunscreen with at least SPF 30 should be applied to a baby's skin before going outside, and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Additionally, babies should be kept in the shade and covered with protective clothing and a hat.
It is important to note that some insect repellents and sunscreens are not suitable for babies under 6 months old. Parents should check with a pediatrician or babyland retail assistant before using these products on very young infants. It is also important to follow the instructions on the product label carefully and avoid getting the products in the baby's eyes or mouth.