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Friday, June 29th, 2012
How 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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Monday, June 25th, 2012
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
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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)
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Does 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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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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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Yesterday my sister asked me what she should tell a friend who’s looking for a good sunscreen for her 8-month-old son. I gave her a few recommendations, but also suggested that her friend go to our Facebook page tomorrow–that’s when we’ll be hosting a live chat with dermatologist and mom Mona Gohara, M.D. From 12:15 p.m. EST to 1:45 p.m. EST, you can ask anything you want to know about protecting your child from the sun, just in time for the holiday weekend. Sun safety is one of Dr. Gohara’s passions; she created K&J Sunprotective Clothing, a line of cool t-shirts for babies and children that have a UPF rating of 50+. This means that only 1/50th of the sun’s ultraviolet rays will get through. (Most regular cotton shirts have a UPF rating of 5 or 10.)
So mark your calendars for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. EST. Dr. Gohara will be standing by!
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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
It’s not just your child’s skin that needs protection from UV rays; eyes also need protection. Parents.com asked Michael Pier, O.D., Director of Professional Relations and Practitioner Education at Bausch + Lomb Vision Care North America, to answer questions about keeping kids’ eyes safe from the sun.
What are the best ways parents can protect their children’s eyes from the sun’s glare during the summer?
Children should wear sunglasses or a wide brim hat in bright sunlight. This is extremely important when they are outside between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm when UV rays are strongest.
At what age should kids start wearing sunglasses? How do parents know which sunglasses are the most effective?
Sunglasses are available for children as young as 6 months old. There are special frames that contour to a child’s face and fit the “youth” bridge of the nose. Make sure your child’s sunglasses say they block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Is there other protective eye gear that children should wear?
Children who are active in sports should wear sports goggles that feature UV protection treatment. For children 8-12 years old, daily disposable contact lenses are also available through prescriptions (Bausch + Lomb offers SofLens).
How can eyes be kept safe from chlorine at the pool, sand at the beach, allergens in the backyard, etc.?
Kids should refrain from touching their eyes with unwashed hands. If kids feel the need to rub their eyes, encourage them to use a clean towel when outdoors.
If eyes are exposed to too much sun, what first aid procedures can parents rely on?
Excessive exposure usually result in sunburned lids and eye area. Manage the sunburned places with delicate applications of soothing creams or lotions, but avoid putting anything in the eyes.
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