Here are a few tips for applying sunscreen on kids:
Don’t use a spray. The FDA is exploring the risks of inhaling spray sunscreens, which are greatest among children. Until the agency completes its analysis, we recommend that spray sunscreens not be used on or by children unless you have no other product available. If that’s the case, spray it on your hands first, then rub it on your child. And as with all sunscreens, be especially careful when applying it to his face, taking care to avoid his eyes and mouth.
Reapply often. When you and your child are in the sun, apply sunscreen on exposed areas and reapply at least every 2 hours, or according to product instructions for optimum protection. The FDA recommends applying every 90 minutes to 2 hours. Also reapply after swimming or sweating, and after toweling off.
Use sparingly on babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep a baby under the age of 6 months out of the sun. When that isn’t possible, prevent sun exposure by dressing your baby in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck. You can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 to small areas, such as the baby’s face. Avoid getting sunscreen on your baby’s hands, arms, or any part of the body that she can reach with her mouth.