Here are a couple of tips for the summer.
1) Sun screens are important in children and can be used in all children over 6 months of age and even on small areas in children under 6 months.
2) In children under 6 months, physical blocks like clothes, hats and umbrellas are best but if you must then use them on small areas like the hands and face and remove when no longer needed.
3) Use a water resistant, hypoallergenic and fragrance free sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30 that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
4) Apply the sunscreen about 30 minutes before needed and don't forget to reapply sunscreen regularly at least every 2 hours, or more often if your child is swimming or sweating. Don't skimp. Most people only use half of the amount needed.
5) Cloudy days require sunscreen also. The clouds DO NOT protect from UV light.
6) And lastly, don't forget the sunglasses. Your little one needs them for eye protection and they look cool...
Insect repellents are a common question for parents this time of year. A few tips
1) Do not use under 2 months of age.
2) Products with DEET are the most effective. Products with 10% Deet will protect for about 2 hours. The other products are much less effective and many do not work. Vitamin B1 and garlic do not work and ultrasonic devices do not work.
3) Do not use products with more than 30% Deet since they offer no additional protection.
4) Please wash off the insect repelent when no longer needed.
See HealthyChildren.org for a more detailed instruction.