Friday, June 06, 2008

4 Sun Safety Tips from the Mommy Docs

The Mommy Docs, local doctors offering pediatric information and reassurance. Here are 4 tips for sun safety.

Learn the lingo and shop for sunscreen: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Everyone needs a sunscreen with a SPF level of 15 or higher and √Ębroad spectrum coverage (both UVA and UVB rays). Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, sulisobenzone, and mexoryl.

Wear sun protection clothing and gear: Even kids should wear sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection and a wide brim hat. For sun-protective clothing, look for an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30 or greater.

Establish a routine: Make applying sunscreen part of your children's daily routine. Apply it 30 minutes before going out and use enough to cover exposed areas. Don't forget to reapply every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Pack and use sunscreen: Give sunscreen (with application instructions) to your children's camp counselors, babysitters, daycare providers, etc. to ensure reapplication throughout the day.

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