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    Sunblocks to Prevent Sunburn

    Sunblocks to Prevent Sunburn

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    Physical sunscreens or sunblocks, such as zinc oxide, are usually thick white or colored cream. Sunblocks have an SPF of 15 or higher and prevent the skin from being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. They are useful for high-risk areas such as the nose, lips, and shoulders. It?s safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. If you can?t keep your baby out of the sun, cover your child?s skin with hats and clothing. Protect any bare skin with a small amount of sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Use sunscreens on children older than 6 months.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
    Last Revised September 1, 2011

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