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Spring Safety Tips!
Copyright American Academy of Pediatrics, 02/2014
Sun Safety for the Family The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours. The sun’s damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas. Wear commercially available sun-protective clothing, like swim shirts. Most of the sun’s rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days. When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words "broad-spectrum" on the label - it means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties. Zinc oxide, a very effective sunscreen, can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and on the shoulders. Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. There is no benefit to using a sunscreen with an SPF of 50+. Rub sunscreen in well, making sure to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands, and even the backs of the knees. Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors - it needs time to work on the skin. Sunscreens should be used for sun protection and not as a reason to stay in the sun longer
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