Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bright Ideas for Shadow Jumpers EPP

Bright Ideas!
This is a place for kids to learn from others with EPP, to share their own tips and tricks on things like what to wear, what to do for fun, insight for parents and so much more.  We want to add YOUR tips and tricks on managing EPP. If you are a caregiver, please ask your child with EPP to share their ideas through you. These could include...
·       What clothes and trends do you use when covering up from the sun?
·       What are the ways you adapt to do certain activities outside?
·       What are fun things you do to pass the time inside while the sun is out?
·       What have been your best vacations?
·       How do you manage in the car? Learning to drive?
·       What do you do when you feel sad or left out?
·       How do you manage going to school?
·       How do you describe your EPP to other people?
·       ...and anything else you think may be helpful to others!

These tips are helpful for all photosensitive types of Porphyria!
Please submit all your tips to:

·       I wear an oversized hoodie – the hood covers the sides of my face.  (Brady, age 12)
·       Cut thumbholes in your sleeves to keep your jacket or sweatshirt over your hands without sliding up. This works great for young kids! (anonymous)
·       Wear a big hat and walk on the shady side of the street! (Brenda, EPP)
·       I have a bag prepared with a long sleeved shirt or light jacket, hat, gloves, and face cover (I use a bandanna, some use a buff) that I take with me on cloudy days so If it clears up I'm covered and don't put myself in DANGER. (Rob, EPP)
·       Our son wears a zip-up lightweight jacket with a hood in the summer so that more he can unzip it to get more air and stay cooler.
·       Buy inexpensive sports gloves (for example, at Five and Below).  We cut the tips off the fingers so that he can still manage things with his hands.
·       Use a taller person as shade (Rob, EPP)
·       Walk next to buildings for shade (anonymous)
·       Tell teachers, coaches, other parents, etc. that THEY are your child’s quickest protection…just stand between them and the sun! (Kristen, caregiver)
·       Hold their hands to protect them from the sun – especially when you don’t have any gloves.
·       Always put your back to the sun.

·       Meet with teachers at the beginning of each year to explain EPP and offer guidelines for safety (caregiver)
·       Initiate a 504 plan for your child. (Ask the APF for a copy of a sample plan!)
·       Make sure your teachers know that your child needs a safe place for fire drills, recess, physical education class and field trips.

·       Carry a blanket or towel in your car at all times and close it in the top of the window to provide shade. (Kristen, caregiver)
·       Have your car windows tinted with as dark as possible tinting that is allowed in your area.

·       We always bring along a canopy on vacation.  We can set it up wherever our son is to provide him some safe shade. (EPP caregiver)

·       So often during the summer I would go to the movies while all my friends were away during the day at camp. From the popcorn to the cool temperature to combat the hot summer days, I would spend hours at a time throughout the week at my local theater.The downside? So many movies meant so many tickets which meant so much money spent.That’s why, with this new thing called MOVIE PASS, going to the movies has been more affordable. For one flat monthly fee of $9.95, movie passer customers can see one movie a day each day for the month. To sign up and too see theaters in your area qualify go to

·       Remember that water and snow reflect the sun!

·       Hey Shadow Jumpers! Here’s a cool tip I wanted to pass along… (Craig, EPP)

People with EPP often check the UV index every day. I know I regularly check the UV index for the day to know what I should wear or think about doing. So often people traditionally check the newspaper or kids rely on their parents. Today I wanted to share with you some great UV Apps!

Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App
Based on your skin type, what SPF you’re wearing and the UV forecast for your location, this comprehensive app can predict exactly how long you can stay in the sun before burning. Organizing a trip to the shore? Check out a five-day UV forecast displayed on a map, and find out what hours each day you should minimize sun exposure. ($0.99; available for iOS)
Ultraviolet ~ UV Index
Keep things simple with this cool tracker, which displays the current UV index in your area using a large, vibrantly colored circle. Blues and greens mean you’re in the clear while reds and purples mean a dangerously high index. General sun safety advice will tip you off for when it’s time to put on a hat, apply sunscreen or avoid going outside altogether. Just the bare necessities for when you’re bare at the beach. (Free; available for iOS)
EPA’s SunWise UV Index
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designed this easy-to-navigate application, which delivers location-based UV index information. Ideal for plan-ahead types, the most useful feature is the color-coded hourly forecast that makes it easy to spot when the UV index is highest. (Free; available for iOS and Android)

(PLEASE NOTE: This is a good tip to check the weather, but EPP reactions occur from visible light. UV Index applications and apps will ONLY indicate ultra-violet light, not the visible light range that affects EPP)

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