(KUTV) Summer is just about here! Registered Nurse Al Romeo talked about what pregnant woman should know about sunscreen and bug spray.
If you are headed to an outdoor spa or party, the lake, or just the backyard we need to plan ahead for our outings.
Sunscreen can help prevent sunburn today and cancer later. The sunscreens are not absorbed well by the skin, so we don't expect any increased risks in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Apply to exposed areas, even those hard-to-reach areas like the back of the neck. Check the package to see how often you need to reapply it when sweating, swimming, or just relaxing.
Insect repellents with DEET can be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding also. Small amounts may be absorbed through the skin but it is not expected to cause any increased risks during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The insect repellent should be applied after or on top of the sunscreen to be effective. Long pants and shirts will keep biting bugs, such as mosquitoes, from getting to your skin.
If you are dying your hair with products from the store, the dye does not get absorbed well so we don't expect increased risks in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Make sure the area has plenty of fresh air so mom doesn't get sick. If the fumes start to cause headaches or nausea, take a break and get some fresh air.
If you are headed to the spa, lotions, body oils, massage oils, and essential oils on the skin are not absorbed well either and not expected to cause risks for pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If women have questions about other skin products or medications they can visit MotherToBaby.org or call us at 801-328-2229 or send a text at 855-999-3525.