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Kids Fun in the Sun

Babies under 6 months:
Avoiding sun exposure and dressing infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats are still the top recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn. However when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of suncreen to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands.

Young Children:
Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.
The SPF should be at least 15!

Older Children:
The first and best line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays) and cotton clothing with a tight weave.

  • Stay in the shade whenever possible and avoid sun exposure during the peak intensity
    hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or greater.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Get more information about Skin Cancers here or watch the Sunscreen Information video.

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