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Pediatric sun care tips

Pediatric sun care tips

It's summer time in Wyoming! Keep sun-safe with these tips from Dr. Hollie Stewart with Campbell County Medical Group Pediatrics.

Sunburn

  • Avoid sunburn and sun damage related cancers in the future by applying broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen liberally to your child’s (and your own) skin and lips. Be sure to use SPF 30 or higher, remembering that lotions apply more reliably than sprays.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure for maximum effect. Apply again every 1-2 hours and after each trip in the water.
  • For babies less than 6 months old, cover skin completely with light weight light-colored clothing including a hat and sunglasses. It’s okay to apply a minimal amount of sunscreen to the face and the back of the hands if they are uncovered in the sun.
  • Be sure to have a plan to provide shade for younger children and older children if they’re outside for long periods.

Heat stress and heat stroke

  • For KIDS PLAYING SPORTS, including teenagers, prevention of heat-related illness begins with good hydration prior to activity. Children should drink feet freely and not feel thirsty both before starting and during exercise. Practice and play in clothing that allows sweat to evaporate easily and is light-colored and light weight. If any lightheadedness, nausea, or dizziness occurs, move the child to a cooler and preferably shady environment.
  • For INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN, they are at particular risk of unintentional heat stroke when left in a car, so remember to always check the back seat when you arrive at your destination. Avoid distractions while driving, and have your daycare or babysitter call you immediately if you’re more than 10 minutes later than you’re expected arrival time. Remember that the inside of a vehicle can reach dangerous temperatures quickly even if it is not particularly hot outside, so never leave the child alone in the car, even if you expect to come back soon.

Hollie Stewart, MD practices at CCMG Pediatrics in the Main Clinic on the south side of Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Call 307.688.3636 for an appointment. Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/peds.