Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pediatric Health Associates is participating in "Days of Action" to protect Medicaid on June 15th and June 22nd. The Senate is considering a health care bill as we speak that would drastically change Medicaid (insurance coverage for kids). 

Please consider joining us this week by calling your U.S. senators (see contact info below) and urge them to vote “no” on any proposal that cuts or caps Medicaid funding in any way. These changes would endanger the way the program works now to effectively cover 37 million children.

Contact Senator Dick Durbin:



From the Desk of Katie Farager, CPNP
Katie Faragher

Summer vacation has begun! Sun protection is necessary to remain safe while playing outside throughout the summer.

Sunburn Protection:
-Babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.  A baby's skin is more delicate and thin than an adult's  and it burns and irritates more easily. Try to find shade beneath a tree, umbrella, or stroller canopy.
-Limit sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when UV rays are the strongest.
-Children should be dressed in lightweight, comfortable clothing that covers the body when possible.
-Clothing made with a tight weave are more protective than clothing with a looser weave.  This is determined by observing how much light shines through the fabric.  The less light that shines through the clothing, the better.  Purchasing protective clothing that is labeled with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is another option.
-Hats should have a 3-inch brim to shield the face, ears, and back of neck.
-Wear sunglasses with a minimum of 99% UV protection.
-Use sunscreen!

-Babies younger than 6 months--apply sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face, if protective clothing and shade are not available.
-Babies older than 6 months--apply sunscreen to all areas of the body, use caution around the eyes.
-Pick a sunscreen that says "broad-spectrum" on the label to protect from both UVB and UVA rays.
-Sun protection factor (SPF) should be at least 15-30.  More research is needed to determine if SPF 50 or higher offers extra protection.
-Sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide should be used on sensitive areas of the body including the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and shoulders.
-Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed areas and rub in well.  Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outside to allow time to absorb into skin.
-Sunscreen should be used anytime your child spends time outdoors, even if it is cloudy outside.  Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun's UV rays can get through the clouds!  UV rays can also reflect or bounce back from water, sand, snow and concrete.
-Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or drying off with a towel.  

Additional sun protection guidelines are available below:

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