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Opportunities to Speak with Either the Parent or Child

  • Regular check ups & complete physicals
    (Frequent opportunities during the first few years!)
  • Regular screenings (eg, Hearing, vision, etc.)
  • Check up for first day of school
  • Immunizations
  • Infections (including ear infections from swimming)
  • Allergy season visits
  • Anytime! During treatment for:
    • Respiratory conditions (eg, asthma check ups, etc)
    • Skin conditions (eg, acne, sunburns, etc)
    • Eye conditions (Eyelids are susceptible to UV too!)
    • Ear, nose, and throat conditions (Especially flu/cold season when snow is reflecting UV!)
Factors to Consider

Seasonal Activities

Whether the child is outdoors for recess, at a picnic, hiking, at a playground, skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, swimming, rollerblading, biking, or just shooting hoops in the driveway, keep in mind concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of UV rays.



During summertime, kids typically wear shorts and short sleeves-or may even go shirtless. Summer appropriate, long-sleeved shirts and pants are ideal for protecting skin. Also, wide-brimmed hats are better than caps for covering ears and neck.


Time of Day

10 am to 4 pm is the time when the sun's rays are strongest. Children need to be especially sun safe during this time or consider alternate indoor activity during high UV index days.


Geographic Location

UV rays are stronger in the Sun Belt states and at higher altitudes (mountainous regions).

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