Summer is Coming: What Does That Mean for Parents?

With warm weather finally upon us, most of us are looking forward to spending time outdoors. It's important to remember that even when it's not very hot out, children can be at risk for sunburn. Infants under 6 months old should be kept out of the direct sun altogether. For older children, it's important to apply sunscreen to your child any time that you'll be outside for more than 30 minutes.

Tips for spending time outdoors:

If your child does get a sunburn, they will be the most uncomfortable during the first 24 hours. To ease the pain, you can give your child Tylenol or Motrin, and apply aloe to the burn. Call our office if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Limit outside unshaded activity between 11 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest
  • Have your child wear a cap or hat and sunglasses with UV protection
  • Choose a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days. Over 70% of the sun's rays still get through the clouds
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after excessive sweating
  • Remember to keep your little one hydrated with frequent water breaks