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Hooray for a safe summer!

Whether your summer days are lazy and long or packed with activities, you and your family will enjoy them more if you remember these top 10 sun safety tips.

1. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds is the most common cause of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. There are 72,000 new cases and 9,000 deaths from melanoma each year.

2. Indoor tanning exposes users to two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, which damage skin and can cause cancer. Indoor tanning is dangerous for younger users. People who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma.

3. Protect your skin. Apply a broadspectrum SPF 30 or higher. Reapply after 2 hours in the sun or after swimming, sweating or toweling off. Check expiration date, sunscreen has a shelf life of up to 3 years.

LOOK FOR Cream, Broad-spectrum protection, SPF to suit your needs and ingredients like: Zinc oxide, Avobenzone, Mexoryl SX

AVOID Sprays, powders, SPF above 50 and ingredients like: Oxybenzone, Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), added insect repellent

4. Wear protective clothing and a wide-brim hat. Pick a hat that shades your face, ears and back of your neck.

5. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays. Choose ones that have both UVA and UVB rays. They reduce the risk of cataracts, but also protect the skin around your eyes from the sun.

6. Stay hydrated. Dehydration is more likely during hot weather.

7. Seek shade, especially during the midday hours. An umbrella, tree or other shelter can reduce exposure to the sun thus decreasing your risk of skin cancer and heat stroke.

8. When feasible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts that can provide protection from UV rays. A wet T-shirt has less UV protection than a dry one, darker colors offer more protection than lighter colors. A regular T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so look for clothing that has information on its UV protection factor.

9. Know the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer. ABCDE rule can be a guide. Lookout for and tell your doctor about spots that have Asymmetry, irregular Border, Color that is not uniform, Diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser or an area that is Evolving.

10. Other warning signs of skin cancer include: a sore that doesn’t heal; spread of pigment from the border of a spot; redness or new swelling around a mole; itchiness, oozing, bleeding or pain of a mole.

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Five Summer Reminders

Bug Bites

Bug bites can be annoying and itchy. They can also seriously affect your children if they bring an infectious disease like West Nile or Lyme disease. Prevent bug bites and infection this summer by avoiding buggy situations, using a good bug repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves when in buggy areas.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that can be life threatening. In heat stroke, the body’s core temperature rises. Much like a fever, extremely high body temperatures can lead to permanent damage. Some signs of heat stroke include:
• confusion
• short, rapid breathing
• stopping sweating
• a fast pulse
If your child has these signs, call 911 immediately.

RCH Newsletter July 2016Food Poisoning

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 76 million people suffer from food poisoning. Summertime is full of picnics, and picnics bring food out into the open where it can stay warm too long. So if you take a tip from our Health Coach and go on a picnic with your children, avoid an outbreak of food poisoning by following simple guidelines about food safety and food handling. Keep perishable food cold and covered. Common sense will prevent you and your friends and families from coming down with a food-borne illness.

Eye Damage

UV rays in sunlight can damage your children’s eyes. If they are out in the sunlight in the summertime, get them to wear sunglasses that filter out UV light. Otherwise, sunglasses are opening up their pupils by making things darker, which actually lets in more UV rays, not less. Be sure their sunglasses filter out 100 percent of UV light and try your best to have them wear them, especially around water, which can reflect a tremendous about of light to their eyes.

Sunburn

Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, it’s time to introduce sunscreens. Choose a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that offers a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. Look at the active ingredients; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good choices, because these physical filters don’t rely on absorption of chemicals and are less apt to cause a skin reaction. Continue to cover your baby with a hat and protective clothing. Use sunscreen on all exposed areas, such as the back of the hands, face, ears and neck. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply it every two hours or more frequently if you take your baby into the pool or if he or she is sweating. Also continue to seek shade, schedule outdoor playtime before 10 AM or after 4 PM and keep covering young children with hats, sunglasses and lightweight clothing that covers as much skin as possible. For added protection, look for special clothing marked with an ultraviolet protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, which will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin.