Protect your skin — it could save your life.
7 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Sun
You make sure they eat right and see to it they wear their bike helmets. You teach them to watch when they cross the street and to stay away from strangers. But the sun can do a lot of harm if your children aren’t protected. Follow these guidelines to keep them safe from skin cancer later in life.
- Avoid sunburns — suffering one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing potentially deadly melanoma later in life.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen every time your child goes outdoors.
- Reapply sunscreen regularly every two hours or after they go swimming.
- Put hats on infants to shade face, neck, scalp, and ears, and apply SPF 15+ on exposed skin.
- Make sure your children wear UV-blocking sunglasses to help protect eyes and prevent cataracts later in life.
- Dress them in long-sleeve shirts and long pants, or T-shirts and long shorts.
- Have them play in the shade or under an umbrella when the sun’s rays are strongest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m).