June 25, 2013

news-sun-safety-kids-06-2013It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to have some fun in the sun!

But before you get too excited and head out the door, make sure you have everything you need to keep you and your family safe.

Below are a few helpful tips from our clinical team in Corpus Christi — who knows a thing or two about staying safe during the long, hot summers.

  • Always wear sunscreen — preferably with an SPF rating of 30 or higher.
  • Put on sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply at least every two hours. Reapply more often if you’ve been swimming or sweating a lot, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
  • Be sure to put sunscreen all over your body. This includes some places you might not think of, like the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, the part in your hair, and the tops of your feet.
  • Take frequent breaks from the sun by going indoors or moving into the shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so minimize sun exposure during those times.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or other fun hat to block your face from the sun.
  • Always wear sunglasses in the bright sun, and make sure they provide 100 percent UV protection.
  • Drink lots of water to keep your body well hydrated, especially since the heat can cause you to sweat a lot.
  • Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and take the necessary precautions as soon as you detect a problem.

Summertime is a great time to be outside and to have some fun! Just remember to wear your sunscreen, drink your water, and take breaks when you start to feel too hot. Oh, and don’t forget your cool shades!

For additional sun-safety tips, visit the following websites: American Academy of Dermatology and Environmental Protection Agency.