Some tips for staying safe in the sun this Summer:
– Avoid Sun exposure during the hours when sun is at it’s most intense, 10am-4pm. If unable to limit exposure then seek shade and try to keep baby’s delicate skin out of direct sunlight.
– Don’t expect a darker skin tone to protect you. Everyone can develop sunburn and become vulnerable to skin cancer.
– Wear tightly woven clothing that covers arms and legs. Clothing specifically designed for sun exposure is best because it provides UV protection. A broad rimmed hat and sun glasses are also recommended to protect the eyes, face, and head.
– Sunscreen is recommended for use in infants and children over 6 months of age. Under 6mo it is best to use other forms of protection such as protective clothing and shade.
– When sunscreen is used a mineral based sunscreen is preferred over a chemically based product because it minimizes absorption into the skin.
– Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Apply a minimum of 15mins BEFORE sun exposure and reapply frequently, no more then 2 hours between applications.
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Dr. Patricia Bast was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a bachelors degree in science at UC Irvine, then went on to graduate medical school from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Northern California. After several years working as a pediatrician Dr. Bast choose to expand her training to include lactation consultant. Dr. Bast is now raising her children and taking care of patients in beautiful Georgia.