Concord Pediatrics, P.A.
248 Pleasant St. Suite 1700
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 224-1929
Fax: 
(603)228-7114 

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Choosing a pediatrician is an important and personal decision and we want you to feel at ease with the care you and your child will receive.

Take a moment to make sure your family enjoys a safe and healthy summer!

Sunny days are here!

Enjoy the outdoors while protecting your family from sunburns now and from skin cancer later in life. Read about sunburns and sunscreens at healthychildren.org.

Are chemical sunscreen ingredients dangerous? Some experts suggest avoiding oxybenzone and avobenzone- two active ingredients that may have effects on the endocrine (hormone) system. Additionally, a recent report suggested these and other chemical sunscreen ingredients are found in small amounts in the blood (absorbed through the skin). There is no clear evidence yet of harmful health effects from this. 

However, Consumer Reports testing suggested that a sunscreen product with "mineral" sunscreen ingredients (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), and chemical sunscreens (check the label for active ingredients) that is rated SPF 40 or greater will give you the best chance of actually getting least an SPF 30, the minimum level many dermatologists recommend.

So, what to do?!

  1. Use clothing as your sunscreen when possible. Swimshirts or rashguards and fuller coverage swimsuits (with SPF ratings) as well as sun-hats can reduce the amount of sunscreen you need and save you the time and hassle of reapplication.
  2. For younger children (less than 2 years old) and those children of any age with very sensitive skin - choose a mineral based sunscreen. Avoid ones with too many essential oils, "botanical ingredients" or fragrance/scents. Some popular brands include Neutrogena Baby, Blue Lizard Baby or Sensitive, Aveeno Baby, Coppertone Baby but be sure to look at the ingredients yourself.
  3. For older children with less sensitive you could consider a combination sunscreen (with BOTH chemical and mineral/physical blockers). AVOID aerosol sprays as inhalation of these is likely not healthy.  Blue Lizard is a brand many dermatologists recommend.
  4. Consider sunscreen "sticks" for the face- these are easy to use around the eyes! Neutrogena Baby makes a zinc oxide-based option.
  5. If you forget you are without your sunscreen and need to use one with more chemical blockers that you usually use - do not worry. Limited use of these will not harm your child, and it is better to avoid a burn!

Mosquitos and Ticks are here!

The two main mosquito species that can transmit Zika have not been found in New Hampshire however it is still a good idea to protect your children against mosquito bites as there are other mosquito borne diseases in our area, and... bites are itchy!

Read about the best ways to repel mosquitos and ticks from healthychildren.org. Consider checking out the Consumer Reports Insect Repellent Ratings for their recommendations.

Do you have more questions about the Zika virus? Find out more from the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Be sure to check out Concord Pediatrics' Ticks and Lyme Disease page.


Resources from Poison HelpPoison Help Seasonal Tips - Summer

Summer Safety Tips from the AAP Swimming Pool Safety

On Track for a Safe Summer from Shriners Hospitals for Children


 

 

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest about our services.

Call (603) 224-1929

248 Pleasant St. Suite 1700
Concord, NH 03301