Keeping Sun Safe
Keeping Sun Safe
Now that summer has officially begun here is a review of how to keep your kids safe in the sun.
Babies are especially susceptible to overheating and sunburn. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends protecting infants under six months of age from direct sun exposure with hats, light colored clothing and shade. Between two and six months it is safe to use sunscreen in small areas of the body. After six months sunscreen can be applied more liberally but avoid the eye area. And don’t forget to use sunglasses. They will protect your baby’s eyes from the rays (and they look so darn cute!)
Toddlers and Children
Sunscreen and protective clothing are a must for beach going toddlers and children! Choose a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and apply it 20 minutes before entering the water or venturing out of doors. Be sure to provide plenty of water to rehydrate and breaks to prevent overheating.
We can’t leave the subject of sun safety without mentioning teens and tanning. The same rules for sunscreen use in children apply to teens. Avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm when the rays are most intense and don’t forget to watch out for sun exposure on cloudy days too. Artificial tanning booths are definitely not advised and contribute to the teen’s lifelong risk of skin cancer and premature aging. If your teen is determined to get that “healthy glow,” explore some of the sunless tanning products available over the counter.
More information on sun safety can be found at the American Academy of Pediatrics parent website: healthychildren.org.
Enjoy your summer!