Protecting Your Children From the Sun


Do you automatically reach for sunscreens labeled "babies" or "kids" for your children? According to Consumer Reports, there is no difference in adult and child sunscreen formulas. What they do recommend is using creams rather than sprays for children. While a spray-on sunscreen might be more convenient, children are more likely to breathe in the spray, which can be an irritant. A generic or store-brand sunscreen lotion can be a cost-effective way to protect the entire family. Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most dangerous time to be out in the sun is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The CDC also recommends the following to protect your family:

  • Stay in the shade
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection
  • Wear hats and clothing that covers arms and legs

When spending the day at the pool, it's difficult to avoid the midday hours as well as be in the shade. Water reflects harmful sunrays, making it easier to burn. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these tips:


  • Be sure to use enough sunscreen, about once ounce during each application
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating
  • Look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays and clothing with a tight weave


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