Here are some tips for staying safe in the sun from Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Sukumar. Do you need to buy new sunscreen every year? Find out in her article.
She is also available from the convenience of your home if you have a medical issue or question you would like to discuss with her (gracemdconnect.com). I have used her in the past and found her to be knowledgeable, polite, and caring. Great "bedside manners"!
Take care of your skin while having fun in the sun!
Here are some tips- Deepa Sukumar, MD
*Sun's rays are the strongest between 10 am to 4 pm, so try to stay out of the sun during those hours and stay in the shade.
*Always apply a generous amount of sunscreen when you go out. Most sunscreen lotions last for 3 years. Make sure you check the expiration date.
*Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you against UVA and UVB rays. Apply SPF 30 to areas of your child's skin not covered by clothing. Before applying test the sunscreen on your child's back for a possible allergic reaction! (If rash develops talk to your doctor.)
*Apply sunscreen on sunny and cloudy days! You can get sunburn on cloudy days too because 80% of UV rays can get through the clouds.
*Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours (while in the sun) or after swimming or after sweating. Make sure to use a water resistant sunscreen while swimming.
*If your child is under 6 months of age, keep the child out of direct sunlight. Move your child to a shady area and always make sure to dress them in light weight clothing covering the arms and legs!
*Encourage children to wear long sleeved cotton clothing, wide brimmed hat and stay in the shade. Remember it is never too late to teach our children about staying healthy while having fun outside!
I would also like to add that most, if not all, skin cancers in adult years started out as sunburns on kids. So take precautions while your kids are young! Maybe we could eradicate skin cancers with early prevention. One of my favorite sayings is, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"
In the second book, Where Is Your Angel?™, the angel can be found playfully laying by the pool working on his tan. He is practicing sun safety as he is fully covered. Angels are good role models. Get your angel books today and read them in the shade.
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