Ready for Fun in the Sun?
We all work to keep our kids safe and healthy. Those first summer days with a little one out at the park and pool can be so fun. I remember dressing my little one up in an adorable little swimsuit (why is everything that is smaller, cuter?!). Next up, SPF 120+ sunscreen (kidding!), but whatever I used, I slathered her up good. I am sure I put enough on her to not only last the afternoon, but well into the night. Next up, came the sun hat and the sun glasses (which, of course, she promptly pulled off). Nevertheless, I took every precaution in keeping her safe from the sun.
Are you getting ready for summer fun?
Don't forget to prepare to keep your little one safe from the sun.
Here's a handy dandy list created by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make things a little simpler (couldn't we all use a little simplicity these days).
For babies under 6 months:
- The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets a sunburn, apply cold compresses to the affected area.
For all other children:
- The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.
- Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- On both sunny and cloudy days, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
- Be sure to apply enough sunscreen – about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.
- Enjoy, and have fun in the sun!