NORFOLK -- Protecting your child's skin from the harmful rays of the sun should be a priority all year long, but parents need to be especially careful during the summer.
Sun damage in childhood is a key factor in the development of skin cancer, according to CHKD pediatrician Dr. Carol Steiner.
Here are some tips on how to protect your kids:
Use broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Broad-spectrum sunscreen means that your skin is protected from both UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
- Limit sun time between the peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Children older than six months of age should wear sunscreen whenever they are going to be outdoors
- A product with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended; a higher SPF should be used on those with fair skin
Apply Sunscreen early and often
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before your child goes outside; cover all exposed areas, including nose, lips ears, necks, cheeks and shoulders
- Let it sunscren dry and reapply every two hours
How to treat a sunburn
- Children's ibuprofen can be taken to reduce discomfort
- Non-prescription 1 percent hydrocortisone cream or moisturizing creams can be used to reduce swelling
- Cool baths may also help provide relief
- Consult your pediatrition If your child develops sun blisters