With warmer weather here, we will all want to spend more time outdoors. And as we spend more time under the sun, sunscreen becomes very important…even for your babies. For infants less than 6 months of age, it is best to avoid long sun exposure.  Infants should be protected from direct sun exposure through umbrellas, light clothing that covers the skin, hats and/or remaining indoors during the height of the sun, when UV rays are strongest and most harmful. For children over the age of 6 months, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect against UVA and UVB light before going outdoors.

Pool safety is also a great concern during summer and requires your full attention. If you have a pool in your yard, make sure it is enclosed with a fence at least 4 feet tall and a locked gate. When using a baby pool, always be present and watch your little one…and empty the water when not in use. Also, never leave your child unattended around any body of water.

For children riding bicycles, scooters, skates and other wheeled objects ensure that they have proper safety gear that is the right size for the rider. For bicycle riders, a helmet is a necessity. For other wheeled objects, a helmet in addition to knee and elbow pads is a good idea. This will help protect from skinned knees and arms and head injuries that occur with falls. Add another layer to your child’s skills by providing safety lessons and practice.

Summer is a great time to get out and have fun with your child. Just remember to follow the above guidelines to help your child have a safe and exciting summer!

And don’t forget, the caring and compassionate providers at Lexington Clinic Pediatrics offer excellent care in all stages of childhood. Best of all, you can now schedule online telehealth visits from the comfort and safety of your home. For more information, log on to www.lexingtonclinic.com or schedule an appointment today by calling 859-258-4362.

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