Keeping kids safe from sunburns and exposure to the sun is a priority of the RDK Melanoma Foundation. As we head into summer time, it is important to follow the advice below to prevent skin damage from the sun.
According to Tanya Altmann and Tiffany Fischman, “The best protection from the sun is limiting direct exposure during the peak-intensity hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.” In addition, “Apply sunscreen, of course, to any exposed skin, but also have your child wear sun-protective clothing. Look for clothing rated with an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) of at least 30, which will block the most harmful rays.”
When it comes to sunscreen, make sure you consider the following:
- Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB light.
- Aim for something with an SPF of 30 or above, but be wary of anything boasting a number higher than 50.
- Choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, which are physical, or mineral, blocks.
- Apply sunscreen generously to any exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Don’t skimp. Slather it generously all over, and don’t forget the back of the neck, tops of the feet, the ears and scalp.
- Reapply often — at least every two hours, or sooner if your child has been swimming or sweating.
- Make it a daily habit, applying it to your child’s skin in the morning after they brush their teeth or before they leave for school.
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