Keeping baby safe from the sun is crucial, as they quickly can suffer short and long term effect of sunburn. Sunburn causes pain, dehydration, and fever. Just one sunburn raises the risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
Baby should be kept completely out of the sun until 6 months of age. When you do take baby out doors take precautions.
The sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm, so outside play time is best before or after these peak sun times. Keep in mind that the sun’s rays can bounce off surfaces like water, snow, cement or sand.
Most of us are more aware of sunburn risks during summer months, and on sunny days. The sun’s ultra violet rays are what burns the skin, not the heat of the sun. UV rays can cause skin to burn on cloudy and cool days, all year round, even in winter months. Babies have more delicate, thinner skin that is especially vulnerable.
When you are going to be outside with baby;
- Keep baby in the shade. Use the sunshade on your stroller, consider buying a stroller shade canopy with UV protection to protect her entire body.
- Use a sun tent with UV protection for days at the beach or park.
- Dress baby in light-weight, light-colored clothing with a tight weave to protect his skin from the sun’s rays. (Dark colors absorb heat and the UV rays can burn skin through a loosely woven material) Some swimwear have a sun protectant built in. Although more expensive, an excellent investment for beach lovers.
- A hat is a necessity! Choose a wide brimmed hat that protects baby’s head, neck and ears.
- Sunglasses, though not always easy to get baby to wear will protect their eyes.
Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside. *Sunscreen is not recommended on baby’s under 6 months old, talk to your pediatrician about when and what type of sunscreen they recommend.
Sarasota Memorial’s Auxiliary is helping to develop the next generation of physicians, nurses and clinicians! The hospital’s volunteer organization recently awarded college scholarships to four outstanding local high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. Each student will receive $10,000 over four years. Named after former Sarasota Memorial CEO G. Duncan Finlay, MD, the [...]
05.14.2013 | SMH Extra
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Recently Sarasota Memorial staff celebrated the official opening and dedication of EPIC Park, located on the west side of the beautiful new Courtyard Tower. As seen in the photos, the celebration included comments by hospital leaders, the unveiling of the EPIC Park donor sculpture, delicious cake and a Zumba demonstration! The annual EPIC (Employee Partners In [...]
This is a topic close to my heart…. As labor nurse and a mom who had 3 natural deliveries in a hospital, I get it! (My 4th baby was an induction with an epidural, and I love him just as much as I love the others, and that birthing experience was just as beautiful and [...]
Sarasota Memorial is celebrating Nurses’ Week, paying tribute to the expertise and achievements of the health system’s more than 1,200 Magnet nurses. One of the highlights of our weeklong celebration is the naming of the 2013 Nurses and Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Techs of Excellence. Nominated and selected by their peers, these exceptional caregivers set a high [...]
As my son and I drove home tonight at 5:30pm, we couldn’t help but notice how warm it was out already. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we wore long sleeves and now we have the air conditioning running full blast. As the sweltering summer weather quickly approaches we should remind ourselves [...]
Congressman Vern Buchanan took a “technology tour” of Sarasota Memorial, getting a firsthand look at state-of-the-art new patient care areas and surgery suites. At left, the Congressman gets a sneak peek at the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., left, member of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, and [...]
04.25.2013 | Campus Improvements
Take a moment to watch this time lapse construction video of Sarasota Memorial’s Courtyard Tower from the ground up. The first floor of the new patient care tower opened April 1, 2013 – no fooling! The upper floors will open in phases beginning in the fall.
There’s nothing more natural than giving birth to a child. There’s also nothing quite as fraught with anxiety as that laborious journey from the womb to the world. Fetal distress, maternal bleeding and other complications during childbirth can turn even the lowest-risk pregnancy high risk … fast. “Birth doesn’t always go according to ‘plan.’ That’s [...]
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