Summer Sun Safety Tips

The summertime can present some harsh weather conditions for anyone, let alone an EB family. Between the heat and in some parts of the country, frequent rain showers and humidity that can cause extra perspiration, there are many reasons to take precautions in order to protect delicate skin.

We’ve gathered the following tips from a few resources offering tips for keeping your family, especially those with EB, safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

  • Try to focus activities either before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. wherever possible, as per Dr. Jeff Ashley, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, interviewed for an Education.com piece on Summer Sun Safety” by Anna Weinstein.
     
  • Make an effort to reapply any sunscreen within every two hours since it can easily wear off due to activity or perspiration, says Dr. Ashley.
     
  • For sunscreens, a 15 SPF though 30 or higher is preferred, according to Dr. Ashley.
     
  • Monitor and limit the intensity of children’s strenuous activity exceeding 15 minutes, as per The American Academy of Pediatrics in their online piece “Summer Safety Tips” on their site HealthyChildren.org. The Academy suggests that at the start of a strenuous exercise program or when traveling in a warmer region, that you should limit the intensity and duration of exercise and gradually increase this during a timeframe of a week to two weeks as the body adjusts to the conditions.
     
  • Given the added threat of skin irritation that can result from excessive moisture on the skin and rubbing against clothing during activities, bring extra articles of clothing so your child can easily change in the event of excess perspiration or moisture from a water sport activity, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
     
  • Keep clothing loose and airy, and hats broad-brimmed, so they offer the most comfort as well as skin coverage to protect direct contact with sun, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics.
     
  • Keep kids hydrated! The American Academy of Pediatrics also suggests that parents should make either water or a sports drink available to children every 20 minutes while they are taking part in some form of exercise under the sun.

** Please note that the suggestions offered above are for informational purposes only and are not the opinion of EB Resource. Individuals should always consult their physician regarding any skin or wound care program or other care regimens.