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Staying safe in the sun

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

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Dr.Lauren Raimer-Goodman is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Texas Medical Association. She has a special interest in pediatric advocacy and global health.

UTMB Health Pediatric and Adult Primary Care, Friendswood clinic