Sun Safety Basics 

Sun exposure, even at the youngest of age, can cause concerns for skin cancer later in life. Infants and toddlers have the most sensitive skin and require some extra TLC when exposed to the sun. All ages and all skin colors require sun protection. 

Here are a few things to think about when out in the sun this summer: 

When trekking to the pool, beach, or your local park, it is important to think about shade options regardless of how sunny or cloudy it is that day. Umbrellas, tents and stroller canopies are good options as well as SPF infused clothing and hats. 

safety tips sun delaware beaches

Be mindful of the reflection of the sun off of the sand or water. 

For ages older than 6 months, sunblock should be applied prior to exposure to the sun, ideally 15-30 minutes and should be reapplied every 80 minutes, sooner if swimming. Unscented or sensitive options are best with primary ingredients of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as they will be less irritating to the skin. You should also choose an SPF of 30 to 50, as labeled increased SPF greater than 50 will only provide minimal additional protection but may cause more skin irritation. For infants less than 6 months, it is recommended that you consult with your pediatrician but in most cases, the concern is skin irritation from the sunblock itself. So if the risk of sunburn is greater than the risk/concern of irritation, the decision to use sunblock is fairly safe. Remember to avoid little fingers and hands as they often end up in the mouth! 

Hydration is also key for all ages, bring water with you and make sure everyone in the family is hydrating throughout the day of fun in the sun! If you find yourself in the heat with a crying, inconsolable young child with warm and/or red skin, remove the child from the sun and bring them inside. Call your pediatrician if you have further questions or concerns. 

FDA.GOV Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses 

0 New comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News and Clinic Information

We are your partner in health. Stay up to date with latest news and information.

3 Benefits of Getting an X-Ray at our Walk In Clinic

Did you think you may have a broken bone? Did your child swallow something? There are several reasons why you may need an x-ray, but getting one done at the hospital can be pricey. If you come to Aspira first, we can perform the x-ray, and you may not even need to go to the hospital. In some cases, we can treat you right here in our urgent care clinic depending on what we find on the x-ray.

Read More

Emergency Room Vs Urgent Care/Walk-In – Which one is right?

If you need immediate medical care in Lewes, your first instinct may be to visit the emergency room. However, you may not need to go to the hospital if your emergency isn’t life threatening. Learn more >

Read More

Sun Safety at the Delaware Beaches

Here are a few things to think about when out in the sun this summer

Read More