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Sun Safety: Protect Your Child From the Sun

Child playing at beach

The sun is more dangerous than it was 20 years ago. Thats why its important to protect your child from the sun.

How Can I Prevent Sunburn?

  • Dress for the sun! Have your children wear broad-brimmed hats and loose-fitting clothing that covers their arms and legs. Make sure they wear sunglasses with protection from ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB).
  • Don’t stay in the sun! The sun is the hottest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Encourage your children to play in the shade during this time.
  • Keep your baby in the shade. Babies under one year of age should not be in direct sunlight. Babies under six months are too young for sunscreen. Your baby should wear a broad-brimmed hat when outside and loose-fitting clothing covering his (or her) arms and legs.
  • Put sunscreen on your kids every time they play outside, not just on sunny days. Remember, you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day and from light reflected by snow, water or sand.
  • Use sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Check the label to be sure.
  • If you can, put sunscreen on your children 15 to 20 minutes before they go outside. Test the sunscreen on a patch of your child’s skin first to make sure he (or she) is not allergic to it.
  • Any skin that is showing needs sunscreen. Don’t forget the face, ears, nose, back of neck and tops of feet!
  • Sunscreen wears off, so it should be re-applied every two hours, and after swimming.

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