As we move into sunny weather, take note of this important advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Did you know that just one blistering sunburn more than doubles your child’s chance of developing skin cancer later in life?
Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not just to seek relief after it’s happened.
Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
Most important is to use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection, every time your child goes outside — even on cloudy days. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors.