6 Sunscreen Tips Every Parent Should Know
Before you go outside with your child, read this pediatrician's blog
With the warmer weather, it’s time to go outside with your kids.
In our area, MayFest is this weekend! But before you go out, be sure to pull out the sunscreen as you head out for the fun!
Here are a few things to remember:
1. We recommend sunscreen for all children 6 months of age and older, regardless of skin type. There are several explanations for not using sunscreen on young infants:
- Their skin may be more permeable, resulting in more absorption of the chemicals in the sunscreen.
- They have a larger surface area of skin, so are more likely to absorb the sunscreen.
- They are also more likely to get dehydrated and suffer negative effects of sun exposure, so we really want you to keep them in the shade.
- I usually tell patients if sun exposure is unavoidable, sun block in better than a sunburn, but the best bet is to use lightweight clothes that cover them and stay in the shade.
2. Use sunscreen rated at least SPF 30.
3. We find lotion more effective than spray products.
4. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
5. Plan to use about 45 mL or 9 teaspoons of sunscreen for older children and adults. Estimate 1 teaspoon for the face and neck, 1 teaspoon for each arm, 2 teaspoons for the torso and back and 2 teaspoons for each leg. Reapply every two hours.
6. Stay hydrated and have a great time.
Tamara L. Hayward, M.D., is a Cook Children's pediatrician, located at Southwest Harris Parkway. Dr. Hayward graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin before earning her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. She completed her internship and residency from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Hayward is board certified in pediatrics. She enjoys working with children of all ages from newborns to teenagers. She is married and has two teenage children. When not at work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.