During the summer months I get frequent phone calls or an occasional office visit, with the chief complaint being, “my child has white patches” on their face. I even remember someone calling my attention to my own son’s white patches when he was a little boy playing baseball and another mother was concerned that he had ringworm all over his face and might be contagious to all of the other players!! (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘sunscreen’
If too much sun is bad for adult’s skin, can you imagine what it’s doing to a baby? According to a review in the July issue of Pediatrics, it could be setting a child up for melanoma or other skin cancers later in life. (more…)
Most parents and caregivers understand the importance of applying sunscreen to their children to protect them against sunburn. However, a couple of questions may still linger such as, what is a safe age for a child to start using sunscreen, and what ingredients should I look for? (more…)
Even though winter is upon us in full force, you want to make sure you don’t forget skin care and sun protection. Due to the drier air and the need to turn up the heat, it is important to protect your skin and keep it from drying. In general, you need to use a gentle bath soap such as Vanicream or Cetaphil during this time of year. (more…)
Everybody gets moles, even people who use sunscreen routinely. Moles can occur on any area of the body from the scalp, to the face, chest, arms, legs, groin and even between fingers and toes and the bottom of the feet. So, not all moles are related to sun exposure. (more…)
Seeing that we have discussed sunburn and its prevention, this unfortunately brings us to the topic of ”what to do if you forgot the sunscreen and are now dealing with a sunburn?” Sunburn is no fun for anyone and can cause significant problems. A sunburn by definition is an “acute inflammatory reaction that follows excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation.” In other words it is not a thermal burn, but an ultraviolet burn. (more…)
As the temperatures continue to warm up across the country and everyone is spending more time outdoors, it is time to break out the sunscreen. The majority of a child’s sun exposure (somewhere between 50 – 80%) occurs before the age of 20. (more…)
It certainly felt like summer in Texas today. Most of our schools are out and children are already heading to the pool. Unfortunately, I have already seen several rather severe sunburns on children who had forgotten to use sunscreen and came in with blistered shoulders or noses and ears.
The majority of our sun exposure occurs before the age of 20, somewhere between 50 – 80 % is the number often quoted. Sun exposure is directly related to the risk of melanoma, and melanoma is on the rise in youth. (more…)
Showing middle-school students ultraviolet photographs that reveal the sun damage to their faces makes them less likely to get sunburns in the months following, new research says.
Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine recruited 111 students aged 11 to 13 from Quincy, Massachusetts. The area has a melanoma rate higher than expected from 1999 from 2003. (more…)