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Doctor insights on: Big Kids Sunblock Medication

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How can I convince my kids to wear sunscreen/sunblock? Any tips (anything would be appreciated, please!)?

How can I convince my kids to wear sunscreen/sunblock? Any tips (anything would be appreciated, please!)?

Just do it: Your children are not in control of their lives-you are. When you put them in a car seat and buckle them in it is to protect them from injury. Sunscreen is no different and can be just as life saving. I have a father-in-law with end stage melanoma. His mother didn't use any sunscreen. Make the decision now to do what's right for your children. Someday they'll understand the love behind the lotion. ...Read more

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Should my 12 months old child wear sunblock as long as he is not indoors or only when he will be outdoor for a prolonged period of time?

Should my 12 months old child wear sunblock as long as he is not indoors or only when he will be outdoor for a prolonged period of time?

When outdoors: The uv radiation is strongest from about 10am to 4pm so he should have protection if he is going to be outside playing. I'm not sure how you define "prolonged" but the harmful effects of the sun don't take long, depending on skin type. Appropriate clothing or playing in shaded areas are other ways to minimize exposure. ...Read more

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Can I put sunblock on minor scratch not bleed and no scab at all on child face second day of the scratch to protect it from the sun?

Can I put sunblock on minor scratch not bleed and no scab at all on child face second day of the scratch to protect it from the sun?

Yes: It's a good idea to put sunblock on any healing skin, because sun exposure during healing can lead to permanent changes in pigmentation in the actively healing skin. Many sunblocks are available, Zinc oxide cream gives a visible indication of protection of the area from sun. ...Read more

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Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?

Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?

No: No, topical medications should not affect mental health, other than improve it when symptoms they are treating are improving. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Is it safe to put on sunscreen then put on the acne medication benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Sunscreen: Typically it is best to apply sunscreen after any and all topical medications. Applying medications over sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the sunscreen putting your skin at risk for sun damage. It is perfectly fine to apply medications and then sunscreen as this order will not disrupt the effectiveness of the topical medications. ...Read more

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How do I pick the best sunscreen for a child?

How do I pick the best sunscreen for a child?

UVA & UVB protection: Check out the environmental working group webite, they list the safest sunscreens, but at the top of this list are: adorable baby, aveeno (oatmeal) baby natural, babyganics and badger. ...Read more

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How dangerous is that my ex husband doesn't put sunscreen/block our fair skinned child? This has resulted in 2nd degree sunburns and has gone on for t

How dangerous is that my ex husband doesn't put sunscreen/block our fair skinned child? This has resulted in 2nd degree sunburns and has gone on for t

Dangerous: This is extremely dangerous. You must insist on his application of sunscreen, your suns long-term skin protection is a must. ...Read more

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If a parent applies sunscreen before bringing their child to childcare, is it still effective if they do not go outside for another 3 or4 hours?

If a parent applies sunscreen before bringing their child to childcare, is it still effective if they do not go outside for another 3 or4 hours?

No: Unfortunately it needs to be reapplied at least every 2 hours. Your school should have a medication form you can fill out that will allow for the application of sunscreen. If they don't, have your doc write a note prescribing it for day use. They cannot deny use of a prescribed medication. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use spray sunscreen on kids/toddlers? I heard it was dangerous if inhaled.

Is it okay to use spray sunscreen on kids/toddlers? I heard it was dangerous if inhaled.

Don't spray: Better to apply it with your hand than to spray it so that they don't inhale it. ...Read more

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What is the best sunscreen to use in the summer that is not harmful to your skin? And how big can a lymph node get

Sunscreen: I would suggest regarding sunscreen that is not bad for your health. Go to www. Ew.com and look at their health sunscreens. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son is very fair skinned and got a pretty red sunburn today. Used spray sunscreen. What's best way to treat sunburn for kids?

My 3 year old son is very fair skinned and got a pretty red sunburn today. Used spray sunscreen. What's best way to treat sunburn for kids?

Pain relief.: The redness should fade over the next day. You can apply cool compresses for relief of the discomfort and give him Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the pain. Also make sure he drinks plenty of fluids, since he may also be somewhat dehydrated from the heat of the sun. If the burn is blistering, you should call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How many hours a week do children 6-10 years old have to spend in the sun, without shirts or sunscreen, to get enough vitamin d?

How many hours a week do children 6-10 years old have to spend in the sun, without shirts or sunscreen, to get enough vitamin d?

At most 1/2 hour: The skin rapidly produces sufficient vitamin d on sun exposure. In 1/2 hour you have made 10, 000 units of vitamin d3, quite adequate for any known needs. After than you run the risk of sunburn, skin changes and possibly cancer later in light (if done often) although you might tan with repeated exposure (if that is one of your goals). ...Read more

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Thoughts on children and bug spray and sunscreen? I have a 5 yr old 6 yr old and 6 month old

Thoughts on children and bug spray and sunscreen? I have a 5 yr old 6 yr old and 6 month old

Not on the baby!: Topical sunscreen and bug repellant, if used as directed, are a good idea for kids who are active outdoors in the school age range (5-18 Yrs), but children 6 months or younger should stay out of direct sunlight, and should not be exposed to those chemicals until at least a few months later in life (especially if premature birth, up to 10--12 months ...Read more

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Can sunblock expire?

Can sunblock expire?

Possibly: It is a good idea to always follow the expiration dates on medications including skincare. Some active ingredients may breakdown into other/different active molecules over time. ...Read more

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Is there metal in sunblock?

Is there metal in sunblock?

Titanium Dioxide: Titanium is one of the physical sun blocking agents found in certain sunscreens. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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Can you tan with sunblock on?

Yes: Sunscreens do not completely stop all of the uv rays from getting to the skin. Your melanin will be activated causing your skin to tan. Keep in mind that you don't need to burn to get skin damage from uv sun rays over time. ...Read more

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What kind of sunblock works the best? |

Block UVA & UVB: An ideal sunscreen would block both uva & uvb rays with active ingredients that do not break down in the sun (so that the product remains effective), and would contain active and inactive ingredients that are proven to be safe for both adults and children. Unfortunately, there is no sunscreen that meets all of these criteria, and no simple way for consumers to know how well a given product stack. ...Read more

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What is the benefit of using sunblock?

What is the benefit of using sunblock?

Many: Using sun screen has several benefits
first, it can prevent sun burn which can be very painful
more importantly, most forms of skin cancer are caused by an accumulation over time of the suns harmful ultra violet rays. Some of them can be deadly
in addition, too much sun exposure over time causes the skin to be rough and wrinkled. ...Read more

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Which is better: sunscreen or sunblock?

Which is better: sunscreen or sunblock?

Both are great: Sunblock normally consists of a physical blocker like zinc or titanium oxide which block and reflect both uva and uvb rays. Sunscreen usually means a chemical screen that interacts with the uvb rays to prevent sun damage. A combination of both us very common, but for very sensitive skin, a block is sometimes better. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of applying sunblock?

What's the benefit of applying sunblock?

Prevent skin cancer: Sunblock cuts down on the ultraviolet light reaching your skin which reduces the risk of skin cancers and also reduces the aging effects on the skin. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a sunblock or sunscreen?

Can you recommend a sunblock or sunscreen?

High SPF: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to use sunblock in winter?

Is it necessary to use sunblock in winter?

Always: It is best to use it whenever you are outside even in winter and even on a cloudy day. ...Read more

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How long should I wait for sunblock to soak in?

How long should I wait for sunblock to soak in?

If you use zinc: Based sunscreen you don't have to wait. It is physical block with instant coverage. Avobenzone takes 20 minutes to activate before coverage occurs ...Read more

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What's the difference between sunblock or sunscreen?

What's the difference between sunblock or sunscreen?

Shield vs filter: True sunblocks essentially create a shield to effectively block out the sun with zinc oxide being one of the most common preparations. They tend to be opaque. Sunscreens are chemical agents which filter out undersireable wavelengths of the sun and come in a variety of strengths and formulations. They tend to be clear. The diagram represents the spectrum of coverage. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between sunblock and sunscreen?

Nope: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more