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Tips to keep kids safe in the sun

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Posted: May 1, 2014 5:25 PM
Updated: May 1, 2014 5:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Parents wanting to take their kids outside may want to be mindful about how the sun affects their children. Pediatrician at The Baton Rouge Clinic, Dr. Mindy Calandro shares tips to protect kids.

- Limiting sun exposure between 10am - 2pm is ideal since the suns ultraviolet rays are the strongest during this time period
- Brimmed hats are important for protecting the scalp and the delicate skin on the face, neck and ears
- All children 6 months and older should always wear good sunscreen when they are outside (this is whether is is sunny or cloudy outside as sunburn can occur in both conditions)
- FDA and AAP actually do not recommend sunscreen for children under 6 months of age. Rather they should be kept in shaded areas and wear lightweight protective clothing covering as much of their skin as possible.
- If parents are concerned that their child has become sunburned, bring them inside immediately and apply cool compress to the skin. If blistering of the skin occurs or fever, vomiting or lethargy, then call pediatrician immediately

Sunscreen tips:
- Sunscreen should be broad spectrum and have both UVA and UVB protection
- Important to have SPF of at least 15
- Needs to be water resistant
- Apply 15-30 minutes prior to going outside to allow time for sunscreen to absorb into the skin
- Reapplication at least every 2 hours is key to preventing sunburn

Dr. Mindy Calandro offers more tips for parents every other Thursday on WBRZ News 2 at 4:00.

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