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Let the sunshine in…carefully

Summer has finally arrived in Dayton, Ohio!

We’ve had many days of rain but finally the sun is shining and the  temperature is heating up.  After a long winter and spring indoors I’m ready to play outside with Mary Louise – but new warnings about sun exposure for babies does give me a reason to be cautious!

Getting too much sun is bad for anyone at any age, but it’s especially dangerous for babies, whose sensitive skin hasn’t developed enough to protect against  summer rays.

New research now indicates too much sun exposure during infancy can lead to various forms of cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics, advises parents to keep children 6 months or younger out of the sun completely.

Unfortunately, this means no pool time for Mary Louise – at least until she is older. When she is older, I’ll follow the sun safety guidelines which are good for everyone:

  1. Avoiding the sun during the hottest parts of the day – 10am to 2pm
  2. Wearing a wide brimmed hat and sun glasses
  3. Applying sunscreen of at least 30 SPF or higher

While I know I need to get my vitamin D this summer with a little bit of sun exposure – I have my Miss Mary Sunshine for everything else that I need!


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