Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How can parents practice sun safety with their kids?

Taking precautions to keep your children safe in the summer sun is important to their long-term health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following steps to keeping your family safe in the sun:

  • Keep babies 6 months old and younger out of the direct sun. Keep them in the shade by using an umbrella or a stroller canopy or finding a tree to be under.
  • Dress yourself and your children in cool, comfortable clothes that cover the body. For example, wear lightweight cotton pants, light long-sleeved shirts and hats.
  • Choose clothes with a tight weave because they protect better. To find tight weave clothes, hold them up to the light, and the less light that comes through the better.
  • Wear a hat with a brim that shades the face.
  • Limit sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm because that is when the UV rays are the strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection
  • Use sunscreen

Sunscreen helps protect skin from getting sunburned and from some skin cancers when it is used the right way.

Follow these steps when choosing and using sunscreen, according to the AAP:

  • Choose sunscreen labeled “broad-spectrum,” which means it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Pick sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher because the higher the SPF, the better the UVB protection.
  • Choose sunscreen with UBA protection labeled by a high number of stars. One star is low protection and four stars is the highest protection available over-the-counter.
  • Apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before being in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply more often if you are swimming or sweating.

For more information about how to stay safe and healthy on sunny summer days, talk with your physician

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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