Summer Skin Check-up: 5 Warning Signs

August 13, 2012

With the warm summer weather and bathing suit season in full gear, it’s a good time to take a few minutes and look over your child’s skin.  Check for rashes, new moles or birthmarks or changes in existing spots.

Here are 5 warning signs for moles or nevi that should be brought to your doctor’s attention:

 

  • A: Asymmetry — one half not looking like the other side
  • B: Border — an irregular or poorly defined border
  • C: Color — uneven; some areas can even be black, red, white or blue!
  • D: Diameter — greater than 5mm (the size of the eraser on a pencil)
  • Or any changes in size, shape or color.

Be vigilant in sunscreen use for your youngster! Just one bad sunburn before the age of 20 doubles his or her risk of melanoma. Here are some guidelines and good skin protection practices:

  • Seek shade when able; the sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to reapply–especially after swimming or sweating or toweling off–at and least every 2 hours.
  • Be extra careful around the water–it can reflect the rays from the sun and increase the risk for sunburn.
  • Always avoid tanning beds.

Get outside and enjoy the summer season! The start of school is just around the corner…

 

Image courtesy of flickr user lorensztajer.

Tips for a Healthy Summer I – Beating the Heat

June 4, 2012

The school year is winding down, the temperatures are heating up–summer vacation is nearly here!

Summer brings more than just changes in temperatures and activities, though. Now that the kids are out of school, there are changes in schedules, caregivers, and much more.  All this week, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to beat the heat, how to keep your kids active, healthy and safe this summer, and how to plan for the unexpected.

First up…beating the heat!

Four Commandments of Sun Protection

1. Always Use Sunscreen
Starting when your child is six months old, apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed area of skin (including ears, tops of feet, and the back of their neck). And make sure you reapply after swimming/sweating even if it’s “waterproof” sunscreen.

2. Avoid the Peak
Peak sun hours are generally between 10am and 4pm, so plan indoor and/or shady activities during these times.

3. Cover it Up
Keep skin covered with a light cotton long-sleeved t-shirt and pants. Use a hat with a brim–this is especially important for toddlers with thin hair to avoid scalp sunburn!

4. Drink it Up
Make sure your children are getting plenty of fluids. Good news–this includes popsicles!

Up tomorrow: Pools, lakes, oceans–water safety is a must!

Dr. Lloyd is moving!

On May 21st, 2018, she joined Portland Pediatrics! Her new office is located at:
Portland Pediatrics- Webster Office
(behind the Holt Road Wegmans)
1110 Crosspointe Lane, Suite D
Webster, NY 14580
Phone: 585.872.3390

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