Protecting your baby’s skin

Did you know that one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double your chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life? Keeping newborns safe in the sun is very important. And when children are old enough to understand, be sure to teach them good sun care habits.

The summer sun in the Augusta area can be especially harsh on young skin, so here are some tips to limit exposure effects of the sun on newborns and children:

  • Stay in the shade. Shaded areas are the best way to keep newborns safe in the sun. If you can’t find shade where you are, use an umbrella or the hood of a stroller.
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers. Use lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. In addition, dress your baby in cute wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
  • Parents should use minimal sunscreen on children younger than 6 months. If no shade is available, you can use a small amount of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Be sure to reapply your child’s sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
  • Stay safe in the sun and heat. In addition to sun protection, make sure your newborn does not get overheated. If your child is fussy, crying excessively or had any redness on exposed skin, take him or her indoors immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns about sun protection for newborns and children, discuss them with your pediatrician.

Pediatric Partners has three locations to better serve our patients. The Evans office is at 411 Town Park Blvd.; the downtown Augusta office is at 1303 D’Antignac St., Suite 2600; and the new Grovetown office is at 5135 Wrightsboro Road. For more information about Pediatric Partners, call the office at 706-854-2500, visit PedPartners.com, or follow the Pediatric Partners of Augusta Facebook page.

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