The questions and answers in this brochure are designed to help you, as a parent, to make healthy and safe choices for your children.
Apply sunscreen a half hour before going outside and let it soak into your skin. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you have been in the water. Even sweat and waterproof sunscreens need to be reapplied.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Always use an SPF of 15 or stronger. Sunscreen should be used as protection, not as an excuse to stay in the sun longer.
“UV” stands for ultraviolet. The sun gives off UVA and UVB rays. SPF (sun protection factor) is only for UVB rays. There is no FDA (Federal Drug Administration) rating for UVA rays.
Paba is a substance found in many sunscreens. If your child is sensitive to Paba, look for Paba- free sunscreens. It will be listed on the label.
Yes! You can get burned on cloudy days without knowing it. Even shade is no guarantee of cover.
There are a few quick lessons you can teach your child.
Check with your child’s doctor. However, the rule of thumb is to keep all children age 6 months and under out of the sun.
Allergic responses can occur with only brief time in the sun. Bumps, hives, blisters or red blotchy areas are signals. Check with your child’s doctor.
Loose-fitting clothes in tightly knit fabrics are best for blocking out the sun’s rays.
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