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How to Avoid Sunburns this Summer

Young child sunscreenSunburns are uncomfortable and painful, but they can also be very hazardous for your child’s health. While July is a peak month for summer fun, it’s also a peak month for sunburns. Even if your child is outside for just a few minutes, he or she could still develop a burn. Of course, here at Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we know it’s important for kids to spend summer doing fun outdoor activities, so we’ve included some tips on how to enjoy the season and avoid getting sunburns!

Helping Your Children Avoid Sunburns

Below are a few tips on how to make sure your family has a safe, sunburn-free summer break:

  • Avoid peak sun hours – The sun’s peak hours are between 10 am and 2 pm. This is when the rays are the harshest and will most quickly cause a sunburn.
  • Wear sunscreen – Obviously, wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to avoid a sunburn. Be vigilant about sunscreen and apply it to your children liberally and often. Don’t forget the back of the neck, the ears, top of the head, lips, and feet.
  • Reapply after the pool – Many sunscreens boast that they’re waterproof, but sunscreen particles can still be washed away. Please reapply sunscreen after your child gets wet.
  • Stay covered up – Avoid the sun’s harsh rays with floppy hats, cover-ups, sunglasses, and umbrellas. We know it’s hard to stay covered up when it’s so hot outside, but it’s better than a burn!
  • Be aware of your child’s skin type – Lastly, be aware of your child’s skin and tailor your sun habits accordingly. If your child has darker skin, he or she will be less likely to burn, but you should still use sunscreen. Fair-skinned kids may need to spend more time under an umbrella getting lathered up. Plan accordingly!

Your child’s overall health is as important to us as his or her dental health! From all of us here at Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, we want to wish your family a safe and healthy summer break. To schedule your child’s appointment for a dental cleaning and a checkup, please contact our office located here in Greensboro, South Carolina.  

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