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What does labelling on sunscreen mean?

Sunscreen protects you against a kind of sunlight called ultraviolet (UV) light. Experts say that this is the part of sunlight that has the biggest role in causing skin cancer.
 
There are two main types of UV light that affect the skin: UV-A and UV-B. Both of these can result in damage to the skin and cause cancer.
 
Certain ingredients in sunscreens protect you against one type of UV light but not the other. However, there are also some sunscreens that protect against both. Certain specialised ingredients give protection against the specific types of UV-A light (known as UV-A-I) and UV-A-B light. All of these types of sunlight can cause skin cancer.
 
Ingredient
Type(s) of UV light that it protects against
Aminobenzoic acid (also called PABA)
UV-B
Avobenzone (often called Parsol 1789)
UV-A I
Cinoxate
UV-B
Dioxybenzone
UV-A II, UV-B
Homosalate
UV-B
Octocrylene
UV-B
Octisalate
UV-B
Oxybenzone
UV-A II, UV-B
Padimate O
UV-B
Sulisobenzone
UV-A II, UV-B
Titanium dioxide
All UV light
Trolamine salicylate
UV-B
Zinc oxide
All UV light
 
Find out more about how to protect a baby in the sun

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If your toddler has a slight fever, there are a number of measures you can take to keep it under control.
The average body temperature should be between 35°C and 37°C.
 
While a fever can be treated, it's important to keep in mind that fevers are usually the symptom of an illness and not the illness itself.
A body’s temperature is controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus.
 
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