The ideal is to not bathe children under the age of 24 months in the pools and if absolutely necessary, it is advisable to do so for periods of very brief bathing suits that will cover the skin and have uv protection (UPF).
Expert:Rodolfo Klein, dermatólogo
Each day, the society has become aware of how important it is to take care of the sun, for the damage generated by the solar radiation, when there is not adequate protection.
However, there is a general lack of awareness of what happens to children between 1 and 2 years. This occurs because it is clearly established that the majority of filters for children are from 2 years up, and there is consensus that children under 1 year should not be exposed to the sun.
But according to the doctor, Rodolfo Klein, of the Center Dermatocosmiátrico and Medicine Ati-age Klein and Associates, “there is a land of no-one who walks between the year and the 2 years, so some specialists say that children of that age itself could be exposed to the sun with proper protection and others, estimate that of no way it could be done”.
What happens is that the filters for children are not the same as the filters for adults, because its wording is different. According to dr. Klein, “the sunscreens for adults are almost all chemicals, while the filters for children are physical, that is to say, they do not have chemicals that make a reaction with the electrons that come from the radiation, if not generated by an effect”screen.
He adds that, “even so, the skin of the smaller boy, who is immature, can absorb these metals, therefore, although it is not clearly established yes the child of 12 to 24 months may be exposed to the sun with a good protector, it is best to take safeguards and not to expose them for more than 15 minutes”.
The specialist explains that the ideal is that if you want to go out with the small, it is good to do it in a car covered, before 10 a.m. or after 5 in the afternoon. And in case you want to bathe in the pool, do so for short periods, with linen bathroom with sunscreens UPF, that, where possible, cover a large part of the skin of the child.
In that case, it is recommended to apply the filter for children 2 years and after bathing in the pool, do it in the shower to remove the sunscreen. Today the bathing suits (poleritas and short with ultraviolet protection) are even in the supermarkets, so that to properly protect children, it is increasingly within the reach of the hand.