Tips for spending time outdoors:
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. This will give the sunscreen time to work.
- Infants under 6 months of age should be kept in the shade and out of direct sunlight.
- Use an ounce of sunscreen or a handful to cover the entire body.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after excessive sweating.
- If swimming, waterproof sunscreen stays on for about 30 minutes in water.
- Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. Over 70% of the sun's rays still get through the clouds.
- Choose a waterproof sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. It should protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Limit activity between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun is strongest.
- Wear a cap or hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
If your child should get a sunburn, they will be the most uncomfortable the first 24 hours. To ease the pain, you can give your child Tylenol or Motrin. Cool compresses and cool baths can also help. Your child should drink plenty of extra water to replace the fluid lost into the swelling of the sunburned skin. Our advice nurses are always available during office hours to answer any questions that may arise in relation to outdoors, summer, and any other safety issues.