|BYOS--Bring Your Own Shade|
One blistering sunburn as a kid doubles your chance of a deadly melanoma.
Now imagine your thin-skinned infant or toddler basking in the nuclear rays.
Sheila Fallon Friedlander, MD, professor of pediatrics and dermatology at University of CA San Diego, has some suggestions for keeping the little ones safe:
--Keep the babies in the shade, at least for the first six months of life. No shade? Make some--an umbrella, hood of the stroller, something.
--Dress the baby in protective clothes, such as a lightweight long-sleeve shirt and pants.
--Always put a wide-brimmed hat on the baby. And sunglasses with UV protection.
--Don't slather sunscreen on children younger than 6 mos. If there is no shade, apply an SPF 30 very sparingly.
--Sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are less likely to irritate a baby's skin. Reapply every two hours if swimming or sweating--there is no such thing as "waterproof" screen.
--Be careful on hot days. Give the baby plenty to drink. If the baby cries or looks red, take him or her inside immediately.
You can also check out the American Academy of Dermatology's video "Infant Sun Protection" at the AAD.org site or on YouTube.
Big powerful sun...small sensitive child. Even the odds.