6 Blackstone Valley Place Lincoln, RI 02865

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 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


  • 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 cloud 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

Children First Pediatrics


6 Blackstone Valley Place,
Suite 500,
Lincoln, RI 02865

Children First Pediatrics


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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