What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

SUNSCREEN SAFE TIPS

     Home  >  Articles  > Family Health/Fitness/Safety
by Rebecca Forbes

Related:


Some tips from New York City dermatologist and mom, Dr. Nanette B. Silverberg:

—A wet T-shirt has a UPF of 3 and requires concurrent sunscreen

—Standard sunscreen bottles should cover an adult for only four applications. If your bottle sits around forever, you are probably applying inadequate amounts. The less you apply, the less likely you are to reach the SPF indicated on the bottle.

—Sunscreen ingredients may destabilize over time. Toss your bottles and restock annually.

—Read labels: Certain sunscreen ingredients provide a broader protection to the skin. These include: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which are not absorbed in the skin and are the ones deemed safe for small infants (2-6 months of age); Avobenzone or Parsol 1789 sunscreens may be inactivated by reaction with ultraviolet light, causing a degeneration of their strength with time. Helioplex (found in Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55) and the Active Photobarrier Complex found in Aveeno sunscreens have an ingredient that stabilizes them to produce stable all day protection unless sweating or swimming wash them off.

—If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t apply it on your skin! Children who are allergic to foods such as soy cannot use skin care products containing the same.

Hear their pain

Swimmer’s Ear is an often painful condition that plagues young water-loving children. Also known as Recreational Water Illness, it’s is an infection of the outer ear canal, caused by water sitting in the ear. Drying the ear thoroughly after swimming, and using earplugs, are two ways of preventing swimmer’s ear; a new antibiotic ear drop, Floxin Otic, is a topical treatment that will get your kids back in the water quickly.

Pool safety

—The Terrapin Wireless Gate Alarm is the utmost in pool safety, with an alarm that warns parents the moment a child opens the gate to a pool fence without an adult, and if the pool fence gate fails to latch closed within 11 seconds of an adult entry. $100 at www.safetyturtle.com; (800) 368-8121.

—But everyone who has a pool or is vacationing near one should review safety procedures with the DVD, Ten Minutes for Life. This DVD, from Baby Otter Swim School, offers a step-by-step guide to pool safety. $17.95 at www.tenminutesforlife.com.


Boredom buster

Be a parent in the know
Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Family Health/Fitness/Safety Articles

Three Tips for a Happier Holiday
Hosting the Holidays? Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy
Fighting Childhood Obesity
Aromatherapy for Emergencies
Do You Have a Highly Intuitive Child?

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Family Health/Fitness/Safety Sponsors


CityMD Walk-in Urgent Medical Care
NYC, 212-913-0828
CityMD is New York's premier walk-in urgent care f...

Just Fabulous
1947 Jericho Turnpike
East Northport, NY
631-486-5130
Just Fabulous & Outrageous Events creates trendset...

Marcia the Musical Moose
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
,
212-567-0682
Guitar, Magic & Puppet Show! Specializing in ages ...
Superstar Family Fun Center
736 61st St, 2nd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY
718-492-2928.
...

Dwight School
291 Central Park West
New York, NY
212-724-6360
Dwight School, an internationally renowned indepen...
See Our Family Health/Fitness/Safety Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE