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Protect against sunburn!

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Why it matters

- Sunburns sustained in childhood predispose to melanoma (skin cancer) later in life

- Even mild sunburns (“tans”) can lead to cancer


Sunscreen

- Use SPF 30 or higher (I recommend 50 in Colorado)

- Needs to be applied 30 minutes before going outside to be effective

- Needs to be reapplied after sweating or after playing in water (swimming, running through sprinkler, playing in water table, washing hands, etc.), even if it is waterproof sunscreen

- Be careful to avoid getting sunscreen in eyes!


Sunburns

- First degree burns - skin is red, tender, sometimes it peels several days later

- Treatment for first-degree sunburns:

- Keep the child indoors and apply sunscreen as soon as you see it starting to turn red

- Apply cool compresses such as damp washcloths or damp paper towels

- Have the child drink an entire glass (8oz) of water

- Parents should give a dose of ibuprofen to stop the inflammation and stop the burn from progressing - call me or another doctor for the correct dose

- Second degree burns - have blisters; should probably see a doctor

- Children with second-degree burns may require more extensive treatment, such as healing lotions and/or stronger pain medicine

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