Our office is open to care for our patients throughout this COVID pandemic for well and sick visits. We are also available to care for you via the phone, the patient portal, and telemedicine. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Summer Safety Tips

July 9, 2018 5:34 pm Published by

Group of teens playing beach volleyball

As the weather warms up, it’s no surprise that your kids are going to want to be outside. It’s less of a surprise that you’re going to love getting them out of the house! However, it’s important to know that sun, even in small doses, can cause harm to your child if not protected.

Whether it’s playing in the yard, swimming at the pool, or just taking the dog for a walk, it’s important to take a few extra steps to ensure your little one’s safety. Here are a few tips to help you remember.

If you’re planning a day outside, take a look at the weather. Because the sun’s rays aren’t hitting you directly, you may not feel as much heat, but that doesn’t mean the rays aren’t reaching you! Make sure you stay just as protected on a cloudy day.

If it’s going to be a scorcher, chances are you’ll want to seek shade between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., or at least stay out of direct sunlight.

Babies 6 Months and Under

Baby in hat at the beach getting sunscreen applied by mother

If you have a child under 6 months, keep them out of direct sunlight at all possible times. If adequate shade and clothing are not available, you can apply a small amount of at least 15 SPF on infants 6 months of age and under. Apply your first coat of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside, then continue reapplying around every two hours to avoid burns. Should your infant get sunburned, apply a cool compress to the affected area. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office and speak with our nursing staff.

 

SPF 15 or Greater is your Safest Bet

When purchasing a sunscreen, make sure to pick one that is higher than SPF 15 to protect your child’s skin. In fact, most will say that SPF 30 is the go to choice. Sunscreen should be applied to small areas such as the face and back of hands. Keep in mind that it takes at least 30 minutes for sunscreen to be effective. Sunscreen needs time to work, and more is never a bad thing! Reapplying sunscreen is a must, even if your child has been in the water. Sun resistant doesn’t mean water resistant!

Little girl laughing and smiling at the beach wearing hat and sunglasses for sun protection

Cover your Skin and Protect your Eyes

Light colored cotton clothing or swim gear is better than bare skin. We know that it’s hot, and clothing is the last thing anyone wants to deal with, but light colored clothing can reflect sunlight, causing less of a chance of sunburn. If your child is swimming, try to utilize swim gear to prevent direct sunlight.

It’s easy to forget that your eyes are a sensitive area, especially when focusing heavily on skin. But, your eyes can receive just as much damage from the sun. Sunglasses, umbrellas, and hats can be huge helpers here.

Infographic for protection from the risk of harmful extreme UV for prevent skin cancer in summer

 

The sun is fun, so we don’t expect you to ever avoid it all around. However, taking these few steps can prevent you and your child from burns, pain, and blisters, as well as potentially life threatening issues such as cancer.

Make sure to check your child’s skin for suspicious looking moles or burns, and contact Delaware Pediatrics today if you feel that your child is at risk of any possible skin issue.

 

For more information:

Please visit the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) website to read the full article on Sun Safety:

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Sun-Safety-and-Protection.aspx

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COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, Delaware Pediatrics wants to assure you that we will be available to you for well and sick visit appointments.

It is especially important to maintain your well visit appointments that include immunizations. These are Birth through 2 year visits, 4 year visit, 11 year visit, and 16 year visit, but all well visit appointments are encouraged.

In order to ensure maximum protection to our patients the morning has been reserved for well appointments only. All patients will be asked to check in at the front door and then return to their cars until called directly into their exam room. We have designated exam rooms that will only be used for well visits during the morning. Patients that are scheduled for well visits but arrive with symptoms will be screened for fever prior to being allowed to enter the office. Those well visit appointments that arrive with symptoms will then be placed directly into rooms that have been designated to serve only those particular patients.

This is all being done out of an abundance of caution to insure patient safety and yet maintain wellness. All of our exam rooms will be sanitized before our afternoon session. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 pm. All scheduled sick visits will be first screened on the phone for potential Coronavirus risk factors. 

Patients that screen positive for Coronavirus risk factor cannot be given an office appointment since we have no test kits to confirm or rule out presence of Coronavirus. We will contact the Department of Health for those patients to coordinate appropriate testing and management. 

We will make every effort to perform telehealth visits whenever possible but will continue to see children in our office that need to be seen.

We will not be able to accept walk-ins.

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