CHKD Parenting: Sun safety tips


by 13News Now and CHKD

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 12:47 PM

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