Pomerene Hospital Blog
Don't Forget The Sunscreen!
Summertime is still here, and for many of us this means family vacations to the beach and if you’re in Ohio, long hours soaking up the sunshine in the pool before fall returns.Now more than ever, it’s time to learn how to better protect our children from the harmful UV rays.
Why use sunscreen on children?
There is no other way to put it – sunburns are terrible for more than one reason. Sure, they are unsightly, uncomfortable and may even keep you from going outdoors, but they are also a leading cause of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it only takes ONE sunburn resulting in blisters as a child and your risk of developing melanoma DOUBLES. That’s right...it doubles!
Studies have shown the risk of skin cancer is increasing recently due to overexposure to the sun and tanning beds. Lately, the rising skin cancer rates have also included our younger generation. Did you know that 25% of lifetime sun exposure occurs prior to reaching 18 years of age? Chronic, unprotected exposure to Ultra Violet Rays causes skin discoloration, early aging of skin and skin cancer.
How to protect your child?
1. Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants and hats, sunglasses.
2. Avoid tanning beds.
3. Limit sun exposure and avoid peak hours of sun intensity (morning and mid-day)
4. Use sunscreen even with UVA and UVB protection, even on cloudy days.
5. Block 97% of UVB radiation with a sunscreen SPF of 30 or higher.
6. Stay hydrated!
The American Melanoma Foundation recommends applying sunscreen in the morning, 30 minutes BEFORE the child is exposed to the sun. After that, sunscreen needs to be reapplied after swimming or excessive perspiration.
For severe sunburn issues, contact your pediatrician ASAP.
May you all enjoy what is left of your summer. Have some fun in the sun but don’t forget your sunscreen!