Before the start of another summer day, take a moment to add some sunscreen into your routine.
To help you choose the best sunscreen option for you and your family, Dr.Raimer-Goodman offers the following advice:
- Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as these will protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Avoid products with oxybenzone in it as this has been known to be a hormone disruptor
- Mineral-based products containing zinc or titanium oxide are best for younger children.
- For children under six months of age, limit the amount used and instead wear breathable, full coverage clothing, including hats, and stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Reapply every hour and a half to two hours
- If swimming or doing other water activities, try to use a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every time you exit the water
For more information on children's health and wellness measures --including care options -- visit the UTMB Health Pediatrics page.
UTMB Health pediatrician Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman on sun protection