Your skin type affects how easily you sunburn. But sun
protection measures should be used for babies, small children, and older
adults no matter what their skin type. Their skin is very sensitive to
Keep babies younger than 12 months out of the sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat that covers the back of the neck, and clothing to protect your child's skin. Put sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) on your child before he or she goes outside. Do not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old.
Skin types and sunburn
Red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)
You sunburn easily and are not likely to tan.
Fair skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)
You usually sunburn easily and tan a little.
Most whites (sensitive)
You sunburn sometimes and tan slowly.
Mediterranean, Hispanic, Asian (moderately
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine