Prevent sunburns with sunscreen

When the sun is out and temperatures are rising, it is important to remember the best form of protection is sunscreen. Dr. Rana Khaznadar, a general pediatrician at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, explains sunscreen basics. 

Dr. Khaznadar says when kids are outside playing or swimming, sunscreen is always a must. 

SPF facts

  • The most important factor of sunscreen is sun protection factor (SPF)
  • Minimum recommended SPF is 15
  • Sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30 or 45 has not been documented to provide added benefits
  • 15 to 30 SPF should cover about 97 percent of UVA and UVB rays

 When to reapply sunscreen

  • Reapply sunscreen after sweating or getting out of the pool
  • Let sunscreen absorb as much as possible before jumping back into the pool or staring to sweat again

 Lotions vs. sprays?

  • Following directions on either lotions or sprays will provide the best protection
  • More is always better
  • Letting the lotion or spray absorb as much as possible is also the key
  • Avoid sprays of any kind especially for babies and toddlers due to the risk of particle inhalation. The same thing goes for insect repellent and baby powder.


If you have any questions about sunscreen, your child’s pediatrician is a great resource. Also, here is some more information from the American Academy Pediatrics.