Stephens Memorial Hospital Receives No Sun for Baby Grant
On May 5th The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital received notification that they had received a $1000 grant from The Melanoma Foundation of New England for the No Sun for Baby Program.
The program educates all parents delivering at Stephens Memorial Hospital about safe sun practices for infants and parents. It is important to keep infants out of direct sun because their skin is too thin and delicate to safely absorb the sunlight. Because the tanning mechanism in babies' skin that protects them from the sun isn't fully developed by this age, their skin can burn more easily. A babies skin can burn in 10 minutes or less.
Most pediatricians recommend against using sunscreen for at least six months and promote protective clothing instead. Babies also need protection for their eyes to prevent developing cataracts later in life. It is important to remember to protect your older children and yourself as well. Regular use of sunscreen with SPF 15+ during the first 18 years of life can dramatically reduce skin cancer risk.
Carol Welsh R.N. Perinatal Outreach Coordinator at The Family Birthplace shares, "The Melanoma Foundation Grant money is being used to purchase educational materials for our No Sun for Baby program. We are fortunate to have several organizations that sew sun hats which we include in our gift bag. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Melanoma Foundation and the women who sew for us."
For further information about sun protection or the No Sun for Baby program contact Carol Welsh R.N. Perinatal Outreach Coordinator at The Family Birthplace, 743-5933 X380.
The No Sun for Baby Program was developed by the Skin Cancer Task Force, a sub-set of the Maine Cancer Consortium, in 2001. The purpose of the program is to educate new parents about the importance of sun protection for babies and children. Sun protection throughout childhood and adolescence is a major part of lowering the risk of skin cancer later in life.
Caption: Alison Newton, RN, Nursing Administrator for the Family Birthplace, and Carol Welsh, RN, Perinatal Educator