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Kids Sunblock Medication
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
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
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?
Is there any medication that can help pigmentation spots on face? (i used sunscreen 50)i use bc-pills because I get terrible acne if I don't use them.
Hydroquinones: Ask your derm or plastic surgeon. Avoid sun, don't just block it. ...Read more
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
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
No.: If the spf is right, your ok. ...Read more
Is it ok for an adult to use kids 50 plus roll in sunscreen. Does it work the same on adult. My skin in sensitive and find it easier to use?
Yes, definitely: Kids' sunscreen is fine to use. It will work exactly the same way. ...Read more
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
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
Don't spray: Better to apply it with your hand than to spray it so that they don't inhale it. ...Read more
My son has really sensitive skin, and children's sunscreen is making his skin really itchy. What can I put on it?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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