Monday, April 30, 2012

Tot Talk: Don't let this ruin your summer...

 Five things to remember
  • Small children should always be kept in the shade.
  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Good protection is provided by light clothes and a hat.
  • Children should be given sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30).Sunburns
  • We all know how important it is to minimize our risk of skin cancer by protecting our skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. The delicate skin of babies and infants need special care to avoid early skin damage from the sun.  For Photo's and more info...

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What to do if a child gets sunburn

  • Always consult a doctor if a small child or baby has been sunburnt.
  • Consult a doctor if blisters or a rash appear.
  • Consult a doctor if the skin is very red and painful. Consider calamine lotion to cool sunburn.
  • Cool the sunburnt area in tepid water (approximately 25ºC) for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Be careful the child does not get cold.
  • A pharmacist will be able to provide advice about aftersun products, some of which may be useful for cooling and remoisturising the skin
  • Please cover your child as much as you can.

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