What if my baby goes swimming?

How can I protect my baby from the sun when they go swimming?

If your baby goes swimming, be sure to select a sun screen that is 4 hours water resistant.


How else can I protect my baby from the sun when swimming?

You should also ensure they are covered up, with a long-sleeved swimming outfit and hat.

Try to avoid swimming with your baby between midday and 3pm, when UV radiation is at its peak.

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What type of sunscreen should I use for my baby?

What type of sunscreen should I use for my baby?

When selecting a sunscreen for your baby, choose one that is appropriate for sensitive skin, or those particularly designed for babies and toddlers, such as our Banana Boat for Babies range.

This will ensure it is gentle on the baby’s skin, and always look for a high SPF such as 50+ and a product that is broad spectrum, providing protection from UVA and UVB rays.


Can I use sunscreen on my baby younger than 6 months?

Always consult your doctor before using sunscreen on young babies, and check out our guide for more information

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What if my child goes swimming?

How can I protect my child from the sun when swimming?

If your child is going swimming, use a sunscreen that is 4 hours water resistant and offers broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays, like our range of Banana Boat Kids products.

You should also consider other cover ups, such as long sleeved swim shirts and hats, to provide extra protection.


How often should my child reapply sunscreen when swimming?

Children should reapply sunscreen immediately after towel drying, to ensure they are properly protected and to help reduce the risk of sunburn and UV exposure.

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How should my child cover up?

How should my child cover up in the sun?

In addition to using sunscreen on exposed areas, your child should cover up with:

  • Sun protective clothing in light colours
  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Sunglasses


How else can I keep my child protected from the sun?

Teach them to seek out shade, especially between midday and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest and UV radiation is highest.

Also remind them of the importance of reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming and physical activity.

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How can I convince my child to apply or reapply sunscreen?

How can I convince my child to apply or reapply sunscreen?

Convincing kids to apply or reapply sunscreen when they are having fun and being active outside can be a challenge, but its also an opportunity to teach them valuable lessons about sun safety and develop good habits.


Always try to apply sunscreen before going out

It’s easier to get that first application on if you can do it before they start engaging in fun activities. Explain to them that sunscreen works best if applied 20 minutes before they go outside, and will help keep them safer from the start.

Keep an eye on how long they’ve been outside

Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, or more frequently if they are running around and may be sweating some of it off.

If they are swimming, make sure they towel dry and reapply immediately after coming out of the water.

Let Colin Splodge and the Sizzledodge teach them about sun safety

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What should you do if you get sunburn?

What should I do if I get sunburn?

If you get sunburn, there are some steps you can take to relieve discomfort, however you should avoid sunburn at all costs as it can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer.


What is sunburn?

Sunburn is a reaction to over-exposure to UV radiation. Without proper protection, UV radiation immediately starts to injure the deep layers of your skin, damaging the skin cells.

How quickly can I get sunburn?

Sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes, and skin will turn red within hours of being burnt. Sunburn will continue to develop for the next 1 to 3 days after exposure to UV radiation.

How can I treat sunburn at home?

For sunburns that can be treated at home, follow these steps to relieve discomfort:

  • Drink fluids – Replenish your body fluids by drinking water, juice or sports drinks
  • Cool your body down – Take a cool bath to cool your skin down and relieve the pain
  • Relieve the burn – Apply a soothing product designed to alleviate the discomfort of sunburn such as Banana Boat AfterSun to soothe the skin and minimise peeling
  • Stay out of the sun – Avoid being exposed to the sun until the sunburn fades

Do I need to see a doctor about my sunburn?

Usually, sunburn does not require a doctor’s care. However, if you are running a fever, see a doctor, as that would indicate possible heatstroke, explains Dr. Draelos from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“Also, if a young child has a bad sunburn and is at risk of dehydration, or if someone is burned over a large portion of his/her body, they may require medical attention.” If your baby is under one years old and gets sunburned, call your doctor.

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What is the proper amount of sunscreen to use?

How much sunscreen do I need to use?

You should always be generous when applying sunscreen – its better to use a little more, than not enough!

We recommend you use approximately a dollop the size of a 20c coin per limb eg:

  • Each leg
  • Each arm
  • The front of your body
  • Back of your body
  • Your face and neck, including your ears.


Do I need to apply different amounts depending on which kind of sunscreen I use?

The above recommendation is a good guide for sun screen cream, sun lotion and gel products.

When using spray sun screens, you need to take a bit more care to ensure you are using enough product. Read the label for your chosen product, and refer to the below guide for more do’s and don’ts when using spray sunscreen products.

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What are the often-missed spots?

What are the often-missed spots when applying sunscreen?

These are the spots that are most often missed when applying sunscreen:

  • Under your eyes
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Shoulders
  • Behind the knees
  • Tops of the feet

Be sure to pay attention to them, as cumulative damage if you miss these spots too often can lead to skin cancer.


Do I need special sunscreen products for different body parts?

Correct application of your preferred sunscreen product should be sufficient if applied properly, and reapplied as required. However, some people prefer to use a specialty product for sensitive areas, such as lips. Check out our product page for more information.

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When should I apply sunscreen?

When should I apply sunscreen?

When is the correct time to apply sunscreen?

You should apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. This gives the product adequate time to absorb properly, so it will work more effectively and be less likely to wear off, either from your clothing, during travel, or from physical activity.


How often should I reapply my sunscreen?

You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you go swimming, or engage in physical activity where your sunscreen may sweat off, you should towel dry and reapply immediately.

Be sure to check out the rest of our sunscreen application recommendations to ensure you’re applying correctly.

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