Fun in the sun is an essential part of summer, but we also want to protect our kids from skin damage that could potentially lead to skin cancer later in life. Plus, we all know how miserable it is to try and sleep when you have sunburn.
To keep your kids safe in the sun, follow these tips.
A child under 6 months: Infants have thinner skin and are more sensitive to the sun, so try to keep infants out of direct sun exposure. Stay in the shade as much as possible. Wide brimmed hats or umbrellas can also protect your baby. Dress your baby in lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
A child older than 6 months: Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15. Fair-skinned children should have at least an SPF of 30. Be smart and also use protective clothing and accessories like wide brimmed hats, swim shirts, and sunglasses with UV protection.
How to Apply: Use a generous amount. Make sure to rub the sunscreen in well and cover all exposed areas—especially the nose, ears, cheeks, shoulders, and back of the neck. Ideally, sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outside. It should be reapplied at least every 2 to 3 hours or after getting wet (swimming or sweating). Set a timer to go off to remind you to reapply the sunscreen so you don’t lose track of time!
Sunburns can even happen on an overcast day because UV rays can get through the clouds. UV rays can also bounce off of water, sand, snow, and concrete.
Experience the difference with board-certified pediatricians Dr. Alan Brown and Dr. Bird Gilmartin. Same-day appointments are often available by calling (307) 444-KIDS or schedule an appointment online at EvanstonAnytime.com.