Sunscreen

Tips for choosing a sunscreen/sunblock for your child.

Sunblock vs Sunscreen

(Based on “Sun Safety” handout from Specially For Children Pediatric Dermatology) 

Sunblocks - Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide in sunblocks are physical barriers that reflect, scatter, and absorb both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin. These ingredients rarely cause allergic reactions.


(1) Neutrogena products containing “purescreen”Some “easy to find” examples recommended include the following: 

(2) Aveeno baby with “mineral block”

(3) Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion

(4) Blue Lizard (sensitive, baby or face)

(5) Coppertone (sensitive skin, and water babies pure and simple).

Sunscreens change the sun’s rays after they penetrate the sunscreen. These products need to be labeled as “stable” or “photostable” to be most effective.

Examples of sunscreens include the following:

(1) Neutrogena products containing “Helioplex”

(2) Aveeno products with “Active Photobarrier Complex” (3) Banana Boat with “AvoTriplex

(4) La-Roche Posay products containing “Anthelios”

Call your pediatrician if your child (less than 1 year old) gets a sunburn, or if your child’s sunburn causes blisters, pain or fever.

Link about sun safety:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/pdf/cycparentsbrochure.pdf

Link about the importance of sun protection:

https://pedsderm.net/site/assets/files/1028/spd_sun_protection_color_web-2_final.pdf

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