What you need to know about choosing a safe sunscreen and how they work for kids

When it comes to sunscreen, there are so many choices you may not know which option is the best sunscreen for kids. Sunscreen, or sunblock, protects skin against the sun's ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburn.

When choosing sunscreen for kids, look for the following:

  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
  • Contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (better for sensitive skin)
  • Broad spectrum coverage (meaning the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays)
  • Water-resistant sunscreen

Keep in mind that you don't necessarily need to buy sunscreen that says it is made specifically for infants or children. As long as the sunscreen provides all the ingredients above, it is okay and safe for your child says Nnenna Agim, M.D., Division Director of Dermatology at Children's Health℠ and Associate Professor at UT Southwestern.

Learn 7 factors to take into consideration when choosing sunscreen for kids.