Monday, July 19, 2010

Sun Safety Tips

We hope you are all enjoying your summer! Here are some helpful tips to stay safe in the sun. 

 SUN SAFETY TIPS
Taken from http://www.healthychildren.org and the Summer Activity Guide
Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns now and from skin
cancer later in life.
-Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find
shade under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy.
-When possible, dress yourself and your kids in cool, comfortable
clothing that covers the body, like lightweight cotton pants,
long sleeved shirts, and hats.
-Select clothes made with a tight weave-they protect better than
clothes with a looser weave. If you’re not sure how tight a
fabric’s weave is, hold it up to see how much light shines
through. The less light, the tighter.
-Wear a hat or cap with a brim that faces forward to shield the
face.
-Limit your sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, when UV rays
are strongest.
-Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection
-Use sunscreen
-Set a good example. You can be the best teacher by practicing
sun protection yourself. Teach all members of your family how
to protect their skin and eyes.
-Sunscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin
cancers, but only if used correctly. Keep in mind that sunscreen
should be used for sun protection, not a reason to stay in the sun
longer.


Sunscreen for Babies:
-For babies younger than 6 months: Use sunscreen on small areas of the body,
such as the face and the backs of the hands, if protective clothing and shade are
not available.
-For babies older than 6 months: Apply to all areas of the body, but be careful
around the eyes. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe the eyes and
hands clean with a damp cloth. If the sunscreen irritates her skin, try a
different brand or try a sunscreen stick or sunscreen or sunblock with titanium
dioxide or zinc oxide. If a rash develops talk to your doctor.

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