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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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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Back to school ready

Going back to school can be a stressful time for children. They will be excited but will also have certain apprehensions about the new class they are going into, new teachers and new friends. Parents are the sole support system for children and must encourage their children while at the same time address their concerns. Some of the tips to help your child to get ready for school are:

  • Communication is key. Talk to your child about the new and exciting things at the school. Also, talk to your child and ask him about his concerns and fears.
  • Tell your child about the positive points like making many new friends, meeting old friends and having new teachers.
  • Visit the school with your child to meet the new teachers, if possible, and to have a look at your child’s new classroom.
  • Reassure your child that you will be by his/her side at all times.

It could be challenging for the parents to bring the child back to the school routine after a long break of two months of summer holidays. Parents can help their child by simple measures, including:

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Tips to protect your children during summer

  • The most common illnesses that occur to children during the summer and how to avoid them

Summer is the longest season in the UAE. With the summer break around the corner, children are prone to a number of allergies and infections. The most common issues seen in children during the summer are dehydration, heat stroke, dry skin, fungal infections in the foot, and sun burn.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion can happen very quickly during the summer and it is very important to drink lots of water and electrolytes to stay hydrated at all times. Fresh fruit juices with no added sugar are a great source of electrolytes. School going children need plenty of fluids because they may play outside in the heat.

Heat stroke results in high body temperature, rapidly increased breathing, and fast pulse. To avoid this one must avoid direct sun rays and heat. During the summer, it is best to avoid being outside during peak sun hours.

Dry skin, rashes and sun burn are common skin problems seen in children and adults during summers. Dry skin is caused due to dehydration, which one must drink lots of water to avoid. Keeping the skin moisturized at all times is also important to avoid dryness. Rashes are caused due to excess sweating caused by the heat. Sun burn is generally seen in people with less melanin or lighter skin color, although this doesn’t rule out the probability of children with darker skin developing sun burns.

Food poisoning is also rather common during summers. Food must always be kept covered at all times if it is kept outside.

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