Best Ways to Protect Your Child from the Sun

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Even one severe sunburn during childhood or teenage years can increase the risk of skin cancer later so it is important to protect your children’s skin. Children get nearly a quarter of their lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. Protecting the skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%.

  • During the summer, do not let children go outdoors without sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of 30 or higher — even on cloudy days.
  • Reapply the sunscreen often, particularly if they go in water.
  • Avoid exposing your children to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Keep babies, 6 months or younger, out of the sun. Their skin is too sensitive.
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