Summer is here (finally!!) and we want to make sure our families are well protected and educated when it comes to Sun Safety:
Here are a few simple rules:
- Because sunscreen is not recommended in infants under 6 months of age – be sure to protect them by keeping them out of direct sunlight by finding shade under a tree, an umbrella or stroller canopy.
- Dress children and yourself in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body – light cotton long sleeve pants with a tight weave are ideal. You can also invest in clothing with UPF (UV protection factor).
- Wear a hat and sunglasses with 99% UV protection
- Limit sun exposure during high intensity times (10-4pm)
Sunscreen is our Friend!! Use it generously!! An SPF of 15-30 is adequate for most people and up to SPF 50 is recommended – look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that screens out UVB and UVA rays and try to avoid ingredients like Oxybenzone in sunscreens.
- Put sunscreen on 15-30 min prior to going outdoors as it needs time to absorb in to skin.
- Remember a cloudy day still means that you need sunscreen as a large amount of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
- While sunscreen is not recommended under 6 months of age – if you are going to be in intense sun without the possibility of shade it is okay to use a small amount sparingly to areas that cannot be covered – being careful to avoid the babies eyes and pay close attention to any reactions:
Enjoy the summer sunshine and stay protected and safe!
-Dr. Asha Ramachandran
For more information on sun safety and when to call your Pediatrician for Sunburns refer to: