Navigation Links
Keep Infants Out of Sun and Heat, Experts Warn
Date:7/7/2012

SATURDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Because infants are so much smaller than adults and lack the ability to sweat, heat and sun exposure pose specific risks for babies, experts say.

Fortunately, there are steps parents and caregivers can take to protect infants this summer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics. But one of the usual summertime recommendations, sunscreen, is not advised for children under 6 months old, they pointed out.

Dr. Hari Cheryl Sachs, a pediatrician with the FDA, said parents should avoid putting sunscreen on their infants. Sachs explained that young babies' skin is much thinner than that of adults and can absorb the active, chemical ingredients found in sunscreens more easily. She noted that because they have a relatively high surface-area to body-weight ratio, they are at greater risk for allergic reactions or inflammation from exposure to sunscreen.

"The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun, and to avoid exposure to the sun in the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense," Sachs said in an FDA news release.

If necessary, shade can be created by an umbrella or stroller canopy, Sachs pointed out. When there are no other options available, a small amount of sunscreen with a sun-protection factor of at least 15 can be applied to small areas of exposed skin, such as the cheeks and back of the hands. Applying a small amount of sunscreen to the baby's inner wrist first to test for sensitivity is a good idea, she noted.

Sachs and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offered additional tips to ensure infants are protected from sun exposure, including:

  • To prevent sunburns, dress infants in lightweight pants and shirts with long sleeves, as well as hats with brims that shade the ears and neck, advised the AAP. Sheer fabrics should be avoided because they could still result in a sunburn.
  • Ensure babies are well hydrated. Offer them their usual feeding of breast milk or formula, said Sachs. Use a cooler to store the liquids if they will be out in the sun for more than a few minutes.
  • Monitor babies for signs of sunburn or dehydration, including fussiness, redness, excessive crying and lack of urination.
  • If sunscreen is applied to babies, steer clear of products containing the insect repellant DEET.
  • Babies who become sunburned should be taken out of the sun immediately, and cold compresses should be applied to the affected areas.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more sun safety tips.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, June 20, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Women & Infants to participate in national effort to increase breastfeeding rates
2. Infants cant distinguish between large and small groups
3. Disease that stunts infants growth traced to same gene that makes kids grow too fast
4. Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants
5. Gut flora affects maturation of B cells in infants
6. Low-Income Mothers May Overfeed Their Infants
7. Research shows efficacy of treatment model developed at Women & Infants
8. Depressed moms behavior may play role in infants sleep problems
9. Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basins
10. Its Not So Much the Heat, Its the Lack of Power
11. Taxman Foundation pledges $2.5 million to boost training of digestive disease experts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Keep Infants Out of Sun and Heat, Experts Warn
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... In addition ... try taking a more holistic approach and use natural alternatives for all house ... collection is certified USDA guaranteeing that, the new line of essential oils, are ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... with a different approach to addiction recovery at a time when Virginia faces ... deaths resulting from drug overdose, a staggering increase of 38 percent from 2015, ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Reflections Recovery Center, a men-only ... The Joint Commission for chemical dependency and behavioral health services. , The Joint ... organizations that meet the commission’s rigorous standards. Accreditation by The Joint Commission is ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... Linda, CA (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... Loma Linda to their qualified network of medical professionals working on a personal injury ... Bone and Spine Surgery Inc brings these esteemed doctors’ vast experience with orthopedic injuries ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... innovation, the company recently unveiled a redesigned website. The new site – still ... of building owners, architects, contractors and other industry users that Garland serves. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)...   PDI , a leader in infection prevention ... educational session focused on the role of chlorhexidine gluconate ... the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for ... the Phoenix Convention Center in ... will also feature PDI,s Prevantics® Device Swab ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... 5, 2017 Sapheneia and Scannerside received FDA ... DoseCheck is a third-party Vendor neutral CT product that ... allows compliance with current MITA standards. ... DoseCheck solution is specifically designed to provide CT operators, ... radiation doses over a predefined threshold. Scannerside Dose Check ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... , Sept. 5, 2017  Just 18 months ... Insight is pleased to announce the appointment of three ... Tammy Wynne , Dominic Jones-Phillips and ... industry. Tammy ... team of market access writers. She has over ten ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: