Kids and The Sun

There are some facts worth noting about children and sun exposure:

  1. Fifty percent (50%) of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence.
  2. It takes only 10 minutes in intense sun for a young child to get a sunburn.
  3. A person born today is twice as likely to develop skin cancer as one born 10 years ago.
  4. Sunburns occurring in childhood are a risk factor for the development of skin cancers like melanoma.
  5. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies under the age of six months. Consult your physician for children over 6 months.

If a child develops a reaction to a SPF 50 sunscreen, try using a SPF 30 or SPF 15. They will have lower levels of active ingredients that will be potentially less irritating.

SPF’s higher than 50 provide a false sense of security, making parents feel that it is not necessary to re-apply as often. It is best to use a minimum of SPF 30 and re-apply at least every 2 hours. Apply sunscreen to dry skin at least 20 minutes prior to going into the water.