Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

Hello sunshine! Let’s get proactive and get ready for the summer sun!  Protecting our children’s skin from damaging rays not only increases their comfort now but decreases there risk for developing skin cancer later.  Make sure to stock up on sunscreen for the summer…… below you will find other helpful tips regarding sun safety from the AAP:

Sun Safety and Protection under 6 Months

  • If your baby is under 6 months, keep them out of direct sunlight.  Use shade and dress your baby in lightweight clothing that covers their arms and legs.  A hat is recommended to shade the neck and face.
  • If shade is not available, a very small amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF is okay to apply to small areas such as the face and the back of the hands. Sunscreen takes 30 minutes to be effective, so apply to your baby before you get into the sun.

Sun Safety for Kids and Up

  •  Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cover up! Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective. Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child’s eyes.
  • When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label – it means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. (You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties.)
  • Zinc oxide, a very effective sunscreen, can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and on the shoulders.
  • Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The additional benefits of using sunscreen with SPF 50+ are limited.
  • Be sure to check the expiration date as you should NEVER use expired sunscreen.
  • The sun’s damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, water, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.
  • Avoid the type of sunscreen you spray if possible as do not want it to be inhaled into the lungs.
  • If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, please notify our office.

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