Have all your moments in the sun be safe

Even after a mild winter, the warmth of the sun’s rays draws you and your family out of the house. It’s so easy to bolt outside for a game of catch or fun on the swing set. In the excitement, you forget about sun safety.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 25 percent of our life’s exposure to the sun happens while we’re children and teenagers. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause short-term and long-term problems such as sunburn, dehydration, skin cancer and cataracts.

Our fun in the sun tips

To block UV rays and keep summertime safe and fun for your family, the doctors at Suburban Pediatric Associates recommend:

  • Keeping infants younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight
  • Using broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30:
  • Apply 15 to 30 minutes before going outside
  • Use even on cloudy days
  • Re-apply every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel
  • Purchasing child-sized sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection
  • Wearing protecting clothing labeled with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) with sunscreen
  • Wearing wide-brimmed hats

I always suggest using sunscreen with titanium dioxide, which doesn’t absorb into the skin,” says Dr. Robert Wallace of Suburban Pediatrics. “It’s important to keep your eye on the time, and re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours to prevent sunburn.”

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori proverb

How Suburban Pediatrics can help

We hope your child never gets sunburned. But it can happen even with preventive measures. Call us at 513-336-6700 or schedule a sick visit online when:

  1. Your sunburned infant is younger than 12 months
  2. Your sunburned child has blisters, pain or fever

For more information

At Suburban Pediatrics, we’re here for you and your family every step of the way. Sign up for our Patient Portal, check out our website Resources, follow us on Facebook or call us at 513-336-6700.