School is almost out, and many people are already planning summer vacations. Unfortunately, vacations often lead to sunburns, but there are ways to avoid such painful marks.
One caller recently asked: “How much sunscreen should I put on my child?”
Most parents are usually diligent about applying sunscreen to their children as the weather gets warmer, but sometimes we forget to reapply or to use on cloudy days. Below are some pointers for the use of sunscreen in children:
- All children can use an adult sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher. Use a 30 SPF for children at higher risk. Don’t forget the nose and ears.
- There are no sunscreens recommended for infants less than 6 months old. Local pediatricians recommend keeping babies out of the sun.
- Try to avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our nurses welcome your questions, and we’ll answer them here every Wednesday. Remember we can answer health questions for all ages, not just children. Just call us any time at (270) 575-2918.