Sunburn in Children

Sunburn in Children

How Can You Protect Your Children from Melanoma?

Be it the beach or your backyard on a sunny day, excited toddlers staggering around and playing in the sunshine are the cutest sight ever. But, did you know that childhood sunburn is a real threat? Sunburn to a child can not only damage the skin but also double their risks of developing melanoma once they are adults

How Can Kids Get Sunburn?

Melanin, the pigment which provides colour to the skin, absorbs UV rays, shielding the cells of the skin from the damage. In infants, the skin has little amount of melanin, and hence they are more vulnerable to sunburn. Repeated sunburns can highly increase the chances of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer known to human.

How to Keep Your Baby Safe?

If your little sweetheart is between zero and six months, keep him/her as away from the sun as possible.

For kids who’re a bit older, apply sunscreen on their bodies, preferably with an SPF between 15 and 30. Rub it on your baby’s skin for 20-30 minutes, making sure you leave no spot undone. Use water-resistant product if you’re heading out to the beach or a pool. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming.

Dress them in long but light sleeves and pants. Seek shade. Get them a wide baby hat to cover their faces, neck, and heads, and sunglasses too. Keep mesh shields with you to cover the car windows. Whether you’re at home or on holiday in Dubai, derma clinics should be on your dialer for any emergencies.

 

 

 

Dr Nameer Majeed

Specialist Dermatologist

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais

 

 

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Parent’s guide to oral hygiene in children

Oral hygiene in children is as important as their overall health. Teaching children dental hygiene at a very young age is an investment that will reap great benefits in the future. In order to do that, ensure that you as parents set a good example and follow good oral hygiene yourselves. Moreover, there is no need to wait until your child develops all teeth and grows older in order to ensure good oral hygiene. Your baby’s tooth can get decayed as early as they appear, if not taken good care of.

Healthy oral practices are best instilled when your child is young. As challenging as it may be to teach your child to maintain healthy oral habits, try and make learning fun and engaging. A few tips to encourage dental hygiene in kids are;

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Your baby’s first visit to the dentist

“When should I take my baby to the dentist?” is often one of the most common questions asked by parents. Most parents are often surprised when told that it is recommended to take their child to visit a dentist by the time their first tooth appears. As parents, it is important to understand that babies can develop cavities on their tooth as early as when they develop their first tooth.

As per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be by his/her first birthday. The first dental visit is more for the parents than the child, as parents are then made aware that good dental hygiene is not limited to prevention of cavities. It is during this visit that parents learn about various oral health practices crucial to ensure their child’s dental hygiene. Parents are made aware that;

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Ways to improve your child’s immunity

A child is continuously exposed to disease-producing organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites. Although a simple exposure does not mean that your child will fall sick, a strong immune system provides the child with a natural defense against diseases.

Newborns enter this world with an inexperienced immune system. With time children battle various infections and get their immunity primed. Hence it is perfectly normal for a child to develop 6 to 8 episodes of upper respiratory infections in a year. In fact, it is important for a child to acquire mild infections and develop lifelong immunity against some diseases. However, if a child is overly susceptible to infections, his/her immune system may need to be boosted.

The simplest yet important way to boost a child’s immunity is to give him the necessary vaccinations. Hygiene techniques, particularly hand washing, also play an important role in reducing the stress on a child’s immune system. Hence, children should be taught the importance of hand washing at home and school.

A few ways to boost up a child’s immunity include:

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The basics of breastfeeding

“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are; warmth in the arms of (his) mother, food from her breasts and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastmilk satisfies all three.”

  • Grantly Dick-Read

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is at least 6 months of age as it is optimal for babies and mothers. Breastmilk is your baby’s first feed and the first means of immunizing your baby against infections and allergies. Breastmilk keeps your baby healthy by supplying them with all the essential nutrients in its required quantities. It has the perfect combination of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats.

The importance of breastfeeding and its benefits for the mother and child are commonly known and often spoken about. However, there are certainly other aspects of breastfeeding that mother’s or expectant mothers need to know about in order to be able to breastfeed their baby efficiently.

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