Don’t forget the sunscreen!

It’s warming up in Ohio, and school is about to end. That means more time outside for kids. And while that’s generally a very good thing, it also means more sun exposure. Kids are more susceptible to damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation than adults, and it’s important to keep their skin protected. Here’s a few tips:

  • Avoid extended periods of sun exposure, especially between 10am and 4pm
  • Wear loose clothing, hats, and sunglasses
  • Keep kids, especially infants, in the shade
  • Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15, and reapply it every 2 hours while outside.

The Environmental Working Group independently tests sunscreens for effectiveness, and has a great resource here for picking a safe, effective sunscreen for you and your kids.

For more information or questions, discuss sun exposure with your child’s doctor.

Flu Shots Are In!

It’s flu season again. We have our flu shots in stock, so if your child hasn’t gotten his or hers, now’s the time. Vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age, but in particular for high-risk groups. That includes:

  • Children between 6 months and 4 years old
  • Kids with heart or lung problems (including asthma), or other chronic medical conditions
  • Children and adults who will be in contact with infants under 6 months old

Details regarding flu and flu vaccines are available at flu.gov. If you have specific questions, talk with your child’s physician.