Browsing all articles tagged with sunscreen

Moms on Vacation: Guidelines for Packing Emergency Medications

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Articles, Blog     Comments No comments

Spring break is upon us and summer vacation is not far behind.  This may be your first vacation since the birth of the baby.  Here are some guidelines for packing medications which may come in handy for moms on vacation.

1.  Insect repellent.  Most contain a substance called DEET.  Although some people are reluctant to use insect repellent which contains DEET it has been found to  to be veryy effective with few adverse effects if used as directed.  I personally like DEET free insect repellent which uses the oil of Marigolds as the repellent.

2. Sunscreen.  Use a broad-spectrum product of at least SPF 15 and take care to make sure the product is PABA free.  Place the sunscreen on the skin thirty minutes prior to  being outdoors.  Remember, the sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-4 hours.

3.  Diphenhydramine.  This is also known as Benadryl.  Benadryl can be used for allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis, bee stings, dermatitis due to poison ivy.  Most people do not know it can be used as an anti nausea medication as well.

As you start to pack for baby’s first trip, pack the sunscreen, insect repellent and diphenhydramine.  Have a great trip!

Sun Protection and Babies

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Articles, Blog     Comments No comments

Spring is just around the corner and soon babies will be out is strollers and playgrounds and just outside to get some fresh air.  When is it too early to provide sun protection?  Most bottles of sunscreen will have a warning on the label stating the product is not for use in children under six months of age.

Dermatologists typically recommend sunscreen protection for babies even if less than six months of age.  They advise to make sure the product is PABA free.  Dermatologists also recommend placing a wide-brimmed hat on the baby as well as protective clothing.

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about.  Why go to all the trouble of sun protection and babies?  The reason is due to risk of melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer.  The age group in which doctors are diagnosing melanoma is getting younger and younger.  Therefore, sun protection and babies is an important subject.