Thursday, March 24, 2016

Do not fry the tot

Not as tough as he looks.
I know these babies don't come with an Owner's Manual, so I am noting that babies sunburn and get heatstroke just like adults do.

In fact, babies have thinner skin even than older children and thus burn more easily.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly one-fourth of babies get a sunburn in their first year.

By age 2, half have been burned or gotten a tan.

It's not enough to put an umbrella in the sand and lay the baby to sleep under it.

All it takes to roast a baby if 15 mins of exposure--and the symptoms may not even show until 6-12 hours later.

--Red, warm or itchy skin
--Or widespread burning
--Blistered skin
--Painful skin
--Fever or chills
--Swollen face\
--Dehydration

According to dermatologist Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, you should not take the baby in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm--or severely limit time during that period.

You should put a hat on the infant or toddler--and 99% UV protection sunglasses (eyes get burned, too).

Dress the child in light-colored, light-weight clothing covering both arms and legs. You can even get UV-proof duds that go in the pool.

Lube the kid up with UV-A and UV-B lotion--SPF 15 or higher.

Put on the sunscreen 30 mins before going outside--it needs time to soak in.

Reapply the lotion at least every two hours--or if the baby spends time in the pool or is sweating.

Sometimes people get so obsessed with the older kids, the toys, the picnic, the car ride, they forget the baby. That skin won't protect itself.

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