Frequently Asked Questions
Sunscreen/Bug Spray Guidelines
 
 

Sunscreen: Sunscreen should not be used in children under 6 months of age. Babies should be kept out of the sun altogether if at all possible. Children 6 months of age and older should have a broad spectrum sunscreen applied to exposed surfaces, but trying to keep skin covered is the best protection. For those sun exposed areas, a Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based sunscreen is best. Spread a small amount of lotion evenly over exposed areas avoiding eyes and palms of hands. At least SPF 15 to SPF 30 is recommended and should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, towel drying, or exposure to sun for > 2 hours.

Bug Spray: Bug spray should not be used in babies less than 2 months of age. A bug spray containing DEET is best for protecting against insect bites. The concentration of DEET  in products ranges from around 10% to over 30% and should be listed on the bottle. The maximum concentration recommended in infants and children is 30%.