Gearing up for Sunburn Season
- May 13, 2019
It’s that time of year… Summer! Time to go swimming, camping, play sports, and all sorts of outdoor activities. And with summer comes the increased chance of sunburns. A child (or adult!) can develop a sunburn after only spending 20 minutes outside. It doesn’t matter if it is cloudy or sunny, the sun’s invisible ultraviolet rays are harmful no matter what. Anytime your family goes outside, sunscreen should be applied.
Here are some ways to protect your child:
- Put on sunscreen 20 minutes before going out into the sun
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours
- Keep your child out of the sun in the middle of the day (10am-2pm) when the sun is at its highest and most harmful
- Drink lots of water while out in the sun to prevent dehydration.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses with UV protection (it is possible for your eyes to get sunburned!)
- Stay in the shade when you can
Good sun habits start when your child is young. Multiple sunburns throughout life can cause premature aging of the skin and even skin cancer. Exposure to sun is the leading cause of skin cancer in the US and is preventable.
If you are out and about and notice your child is getting a little bit red, do the following:
- Get them out of the sun!
- Take a cool shower
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- Use aloe or lotion to relieve the pain
Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care has 12 locations in Texas. We are happy to announce that we will be opening a location in New Braunfels this summer, located at 312 FM 306, New Braunfels TX, 78130
We are open from 9am–9pm Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm on Sat., and 10am-6pm on Sun. For more information, please call 210.543.7334. We welcome walk-ins, accept most insurance plans and are proud to be accredited by the Urgent Care Association!