Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Protect your child from the Sun's rays

The temperature has been heating up again here in Arizona. The scorching heat went up to 110 degrees F last weekend and we can not but re-emphasize to everyone the importance of sun protection. It has been tempting to go dip in the pool during the middle of the day but that sun's rays are at its peak at this time

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics the sun's invisible ultraviolet rays are what cause damage to your child's skin even on foggy or hazy days . Hats and umbrellas do not completely protect children because UV lights reflect off the sand, water and other surfaces.

To protect against sun damage the AAP offers the following suggestions:

  • Keep children away from the sun between 10am to 4pm
  • use sunscreen with a sun protection factor(SPF) of at least 15. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 1.5 to 2 hours especially while in water
  • dress your child in a light cotton outfit with long sleeves and long pants and a wide brimmed hat
  • use a beach umbrella to keep the child in the shade
  • keep babies under 6 months of age away from the sun. Sunscreen maybe used in small areas of the body such as the face and the back of the hands
  • the skin is not the only thing that needs protection but sunglasses are very important to protect your eyes


1 comment:

pediatric emr said...

Great post! I am also doing that for my nephew this summer I can't help to get worried about sun rays. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea.