Sunscreen recommendations for children

Your 24/7 NurseSchool 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.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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