Specific recommendations for pediatricians for Limiting Sun Exposure in Children include the following:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Latest American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations (2011) for Limiting Sun Exposure in Children & its relevance to indian children
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These are impressively detailed and well thought out recommendations. Being a tropical country we have a very high rate of UV exposure via sunlight in our children in India. The good news is that being dark-skinned we are naturally protected against high rates of skin cancer by the high melanin content in our skin. However there are a few important points regarding sunscreen usage that should be of interest to everyone.
Sunscreens of around SPF 15 are generally as effective as the higher SPF (& more expensive) ones. However liberal use 15-30 minutes before and repeated use after every 2 hours, swimming, bathing, toweling etc is important.
Avoid Sunscreens below 6 months if possible (though they can be used in sun exposed areas if needed), and avoiding Sunscreens with oxybenzone if possible. The US FDA approves Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for usage in Sunscreens.
For more information about sunscreens and children safety & UV radiation hazard read theAAP policy statement here