Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chill baby chill

BYOS--Bring Your Own Shade
See, here's the deal. The sun is actually a big nuclear reactor in the sky. Its rays (radiation) beam down. Yes, those rays can cause your body to make Vitamin D--but really the rays are more dangerous than healing.

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 site or on YouTube.

Big powerful sun...small sensitive child. Even the odds.


Anonymous said...

What a lot of balderdash.

Infants and children these days have rickets. Because their mothers never get any sun, and then the infants and children are not allowed to get any sun.

This stuff is such baloney. And you believe it? More fool you,

Star Lawrence said...

Since you don't choose to identify yourself as a dermatologist or pediatrician, what am I to make of all this scorn? Not much. As you probably know, Vitamin D can be provided in food--Fish oils, fatty fish and egg yolks contain vitamin D. Vitamin D also has been added to some foods, such as milk, cereal and some fruit juices. Thus you can protect your child without exposing him or her excessively to cancer-causing rays, painful sunburns, and later age spots, etc. Plus--even with a tent, being lugged around outside will expose a child to plenty of rays anyway. You need 20 mins a day or less to churn up your Vit D.