Sunscreen

 

  • Sunscreen is recommended for all children aged 6 months and above with any sun exposure
  • Sun exposure is not limited to beach and pool time! Anytime your child is outside they should have sunscreen on. Some examples include:
    • Bike riding
    • Backyard play
    • Cookouts
    • Visiting the park, zoo or other outside venues
  • Remember that a cloudy does not protect your child from the sun. The suns rays penetrate through the clouds and can cause a sunburn. Apply sunscreen even if you cannot see the sun.
  • Sunscreen is only useful to prevent sunburn if used correctly.
  • Look for a sunscreen that is labeled "broad-spectrum" which means it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of AT LEAST 15. The higher the SPF, the more UVB protection it has!
  • When applying sunscreen use enough to cover all exposed areas of the body.
    • Pay close attention to the face, ears, back of neck, back of knees, tops of feet and backs of hands.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 min prior to going outside. Applying sunscreen when you get outside is not as effective.
  • The key to sunscreen is to REAPPLY! Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours while outside AND anytime your child gets out of the water, is sweating heavily or uses a towel to dry off or wipe sweat away.
  • There is no such thing a "waterproof" sunscreen!
  • Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

    • Neutrogena Ultrascreen with Helioplex
    • Neutrogena Sensitive Sunscreen
    • Solbar
    • Vanicream
    • California Baby
    • Kiehl's