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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

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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.

Read more about sun safety on Parents.com:

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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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Protecting Your Kid’s Eyes from the Summer Sun

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

childrens-sunglassesIt’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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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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Heads Up!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

So Cozy Protective Conditioning Mist with SunscreenA burnt scalp is uncomfortable, unattractive (nothing like accenting your beach getup with a little dandruff!) not to mention unhealthy, but slathering hair with sunscreen isn’t exactly an appealing option. Which is why I make sure to tote not only sunblock, but also an SPF spray for hair to the beach. Now So Cozy, a New York-based children’s hair salon, has one on the market for kids (thought you’ll want to get your hands on it too.) While kids should always wear sun hats when playing outdoors in the summer, the Protective Conditioning Mist is a great back-up for when hats are tossed off by a wave or a younger brother. It contains sunscreen to protect small scalps, and its breezy coconut scent will add a little bit of tropical-living to trips to the local pool. Plus, the spray’s conditioners leave hair moisturized and frizz-free, which makes tackling post-swim tangles less painful.

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