Sun Safety

  • Sun exposure can cause sunburns and sun damage. Sun damage as a child can potentially lead to skin cancer later in life.
  • The best way to practice sun safety is to limit sun exposure especially during the hours of 10am and 3pm 
  • Children under that age of 6 months are unable to use sunscreen so it is especially important to keep your infant in the shade out and out of direct sunlight.
  • When enjoying time outside have your child dress in light cotton clothes that cover the arms and legs. Have your child wear a hat to keep the sun off the face and apply sunscreen. For proper use of sunscreen please see the sunscreen section.

 

What do I do if my child gets a sunburn?

  • A sunburn can develop after periods of sun exposure. They typically develop between 6 and 12 hours after exposure and can be very painful. The worst amount of pain is typically within 24 hours of getting the sunburn.
  • If your child's skin appear red without any blistering to the skin you can treat the sunburn at home.
  • You may give Tylenol or Motrin for pain. Please see the dosage charts for correct dose.
  • Cool compresses and a cool bath or shower may help relieve pain and make your child more comfortable.
  • Aloe Vera may also help ease the pain from a sunburn. You may apply it 3-4 times a day.

 

When do I call the Office?

  • If your child has a sunburn that has blisters or drainage from the skin
  • If your child has a fever, chills, and headache with a sunburn
  • The sunburn is to a very large part of the body