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Playing in the Sun Safely without Ruining the Fun

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Warm, sunny days are wonderful. But what feels good can also harm you and your littlest family members.
Air Date: 6/11/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Playing in the Sun Safely without Ruining the Fun
Warm, sunny days are wonderful. It's great to be outside. The sun feels good on your skin, especially after a long, drawn-out winter.

But what feels good can also harm you and your smallest family members.

A baby's skin is more delicate and thinner than an adult's and burns and irritates more easily. Even dark-skinned babies may get sunburned.

And remember, babies cannot tell you if they are too hot or beginning to burn and obviously can't get out of the sun without an adult's help.

Babies also need an adult to dress them properly and to apply sunscreen.

It's good for children and adults to spend time playing and exercising outdoors, and it's important to do so safely.

In this segment, Dr. Cori Cross shares some simple rules to protect your little ones from sunburns.
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