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How to Protect Your Kid’s Skin This Summer

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Baby wearing sunglassesHow are you keeping your kids safe from the sun this summer?  Are you stocking up on sunscreen or buying SPF clothes like Kara Corridan (Health Director of Parents magazine), who wrote about the special swimsuit she bought her daughter?

If you’re not sure where to start, we have basic primers about sun safety (i.e. What is SPF? What does UVA and UVB mean?), sunscreen selections from American Baby editors,  sun protection clothes and gear recommendations for kids, and more.  Check out the information below to avoid sunburns this season.

Sun Care 101

Sun Care Products

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Better Grades For Kids Who Take ADHD Meds Early
Children with ADHD who start taking medications as early as fourth grade may be more likely to score better academically than those who start taking medication in middle school, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (via ABC News)

Sunscreen Ban in Schools Anger Parents
State laws prevent schools from allowing students to use sunscreen. (via ABC News)

Kids’ Cereals Are Healthier, But Ads Aren’t
While U.S. food companies are making healthier breakfast cereals for children, they’re also aiming more ads for their unhealthiest products at kids, according to a report issued on Friday. (via Reuters)

Why Kids with Known Food Allergies Are Still at Risk
The majority of allergic reactions in kids are accidental — typically due to caregivers’ forgetfulness or lapses in supervision — but 1 in 9 reactions are triggered by giving known allergens intentionally, a study finds. (via TIME)

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Are You Raising the Next Coppertone Girl?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Little Miss Coppertone ContestDoes your daughter beg to play outside from sunrise to sunset? Then she just might be the next Coppertone girl.

Coppertone is looking for a real girl to personify the spirit of their iconic cartoon girl. According to Coppertone: “Our little girl symbolizes summer. She is outgoing, energetic, wholesome, charming, and full of optimism.”

If this sounds like your daughter, submit a photo of her enjoying the sun on Coppertone’s Facebook page by June 22. One lucky girl will win a spot in a future Coppertone print advertisement and a dream family vacation!

Click here for more information and the official contest rules.

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August Is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Kids’ eyes are exposed more to the sun and to UV rays during the summer season. Coastal Contacts, an online supplier of contact lenses and sunglasses, shares some quick and helpful tips on how to protect your child’s eyes for the remaining days of summer and all year long.

Have your children wear protective eyewear. This includes glasses and contacts any time your eyes may be exposed to UV light. Even on cloudy days, UV rays still cause damage. When wearing UV-protected contact lenses, sunglasses should also be worn to protect the areas that are not covered by the lenses.

Purchase quality sunglasses (UVA/B Protected) for your children. Choose sunglasses that have protective lenses. Good sunglasses block out 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation in addition to blocking out 75-90 percent of visible light.

Pay attention to the lens color. Gray-colored lenses provide the best natural color vision. They reduce intensity of light without altering the color of objects.

Purchase glasses with large lenses. Glasses that fit close to the eyes and wrap slightly around the head offer the most protection against harmful rays.

Inspect your children’s glasses before buying. Lenses should be perfectly matched in color and free from distortion and imperfection.

Read more about eye safety on Parents.com

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National Sun Safety Week (June 5-11)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The weather is quickly heating up, so make sure to limit your child’s sun exposure and prevent skin cancer.   Be extra conscious of protecting your little one’s sensitive skin from UV rays during National Sun Safety Week.

Take a quiz to test your sun safety IQ and discover 11 facts about sun safety (i.e. toy sunglasses may be more dangerous than wearing no sunglasses).  Plus, learn the 5 steps to sun safety (i.e. limit outdoor playtime between 10 am to 4 pm) and see how these nine items will protect your baby from the sun.

For kids who love being outdoors, these smart ideas for seeking shade and these editor’s picks for sun protection will keep them cool.

Taking a trip to the beach? Get expert tips for a healthy day by the ocean and be sure to stock up on these seven sunscreens for ample protection.

Read more about sun safety on Parents.com

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