Have fun in the sun, but protect yourself!
Sunburns aren’t just painful; just one blistering sunburn can double a child's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer! Follow these simple steps to prevent dangerous burning and help keep you safe from serious skin damage:
- Wear clothing that's dark and tightly woven.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
- Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. And remember, you can sunburn even on a cloudy day!
- Apply sunscreens liberally and evenly over all exposed areas. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher whenever you're outdoors.
You need to protect against both UVB and UVA rays, so use products that provide broad spectrum protection. Look for ingredients like Avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or zinc oxide. Children should use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher!
Dehydration can sneak up on you!
On an average day, we lose more than 10 cups of water; not replacing that lost fluid can lead to dehydration and, in turn, serious medical conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The signs and symptoms of dehydration include:
• Thirst • A dry sticky mouth • Headache
• Rapid pulse • Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Decreased urine output and/or dark-colored urine
• Muscle weakness • Sleepiness or fatigue
The only effective treatment for dehydration is to replace lost fluids and lost electrolytes. For mild to moderate dehydration, most healthy people can replace their body's fluids by drinking water or a sports drink. For children or infants, you may also consider an oral rehydration solution (such as Pedialyte); these solutions replenish both fluids and electrolytes and are easy to digest. In cases of severe dehydration, you should seek immediate medical attention!