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By Dr. Elizabeth Wollensak
May 22, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: prevention   summer   safety   skin care   sunburn   insects  

 

Summer Safety

 

Sun Safety

  • Too much sun can cause skin cancer, cataracts and dehydration
  • Its great to spend time outdoors, but protect yourself from the sun
  • Keep babies less than 6 months away from direct sunlight. Find shade or use covers
  • Limit exposure between 10am and 4pm when the sun is the strongest
  • Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection

Choosing Sunscreen

  • Chose one that says “broad spectrum” both UVA and UVB rays
  • Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best for sensitive areas such as nose, cheeks, ear and shoulders
  • Put sunscreen on 15-30 minutes before going outdoors
  • You can get sunburned on a cloudy day!
  • Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming

Soothing a sunburn

  • Give water to replace lost fluids
  • Use cool water on the skin
  • Use acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief
  • Keep your child out of the sun until sunburn is fully healed

Bugs

  • Mosquitos, biting flies and ticks can transmit diseases
  • Protect your child with insect repellants
  • Insect repellants prevent bites but not stings
  • Use spray with DEET between 10 to 30%
  • Do not use repellant on babies less than 2 months
  • Do not spray repellant directly on face. spray on hands first, then rub on face
  • Do not spray on cuts, wounds or irritated skin
  • Do not use combo DEET and sunscreen together. The DEET may make the SPF less effective
  • Check your child’s skin at the end of the day if your child was in an area where ticks are present

Resource: 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics

 

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