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Sunscreen Safety: Keeping your Kids Safe in the Sun!

Date: June 28, 2016 Categories: Blog

Summer has arrived in New Orleans, and even though we swim through the humidity, it sure doesn’t stop us from getting outside, especially if we have kids. But, before letting them run outside, remember to put sunscreen on them. Below are some tips and tricks to help keep your kids from turning into tomatoes this summer.

 

  • SPF 30 is the new SPF 15
    • SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 is no longer the recommended minimum for keeping your skin safe. Doctors now recommend at least SPF 30 or higher.
  • Make sure it’s Labeled “Broad Spectrum”
    • “Broad Spectrum” means that it not only protects against UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays but UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays, as well.
  • Not all Sunscreens are Created Equally
    • This is especially true if you have kids. Pediatricians recommend that you look for a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium oxide. These compounds are less irritating and don’t actually get absorbed into the skin.
  • Heads, Shoulders, Knees, AND Toes
    • Make sure to cover ALL parts of your child’s body. Some commonly missed parts include ears, nose, and even eyelids. Also, make sure to apply it at least 15-20 minutes prior to your children going outside.

 

For more tips and tricks on how to keep your kids protected in the sun, click here.