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Itchies and Ouchies: 7 Common Summer Skin Problems for Toddlers

By marylweimer |

Summer is a great time to get out there and play with your toddler.

Since so many summer activities take place in the great outdoors, though, children’s skin is exposed more than any other time of the year. It’s easy to get distracted by all the fun and forget how sensitive toddler skin really is.

I’ve listed 7 common summer skin problems to be on the lookout for, with basic tips for preventing, identifying, and treating each one. Of course, you’ll want to consult your child’s doctor if you have any concerns, but these tips serve as an important reminder that parents should be extra vigilant during the warm summer months.

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Common Summer Toddler Skin Problems


Even a few episodes of sunburn can increase your child's risk for skin cancer later in life. According to the CDC, parents can protect kids from the sun by applying sunscreen on them every time they go outside, or better yet, 30 minutes before sun exposure. Pay special attention to ears, nose, lips, and tops of feet.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mary Lauren Weimer is a freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in such places as Spirituality & Health and The Huffington Post, and she’s known for her thoughtful and introspective writing about all aspects of motherhood and the parent-child relationship.

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