Health Tip: Lather Kids With Sunscreen

By on July 1, 2011

Kids love to play outside during the hot summer months, so parents must not forget to protect them from sunburn.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Apply sunscreen all over the child’s face and body, and remember to reapply every two hours, or after the child gets wet.
  • Make sure sunscreen is at least SPF 15 and offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it even on cloudy days.
  • Dress your child in lightweight cotton clothing that covers the legs and arms, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection.
  • Encourage your child to play and rest in the shade when the sun’s rays are strongest — between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Be aware that spending time in or near the water usually increases the risk of sunburn from the water’s reflection.

Source: HealthDay

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