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Sunscreen:
Something for the kids and mom, too!

We all need a little sun if we want to get that wonderful Vitamin D the sun provides, but sometimes it is possible to have too much of a good thing. And so, there is sunscreen.

Here are some simple tips to help you and the kids have fun in the sun without the burn.
  • Look for the following ingredients on the labels. These are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective, and offer broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection.
    • Benzophenones (often identified as oxybenzone)
    • Cinnamates (often identified as octinoxate or cinoxate)
    • Ecamsule (often marketed as Mexoryl or Mexoryl SX)
    • Sulisobenzone
    • Salicylates
    • Zinc oxide
    • Titanium dioxide
    • Avobenzone (sometimes marketed under the name Parsol 1789; better when stabilized with oxybenzone or Helioplex)
  • Put sunscreen on your kids before going outside. If your child attends daycare or is outside during the summer under someone else's care, make sure his or her caregiver knows to apply sunscreen before outdoor activities.
  • For prolonged outdoor activity, choose a sunscreen that offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Also, use a water-resistant sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen generously. Use two to three tablespoons of lotion on most of your body, or spray as much as can be rubbed in then repeat. Reapply every two hours after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear a hat and protective clothing.
  • Spray carefully: Avoid using sprays on kids or spray sunscreen into your hands before applying it to a face.


August 2012