Sun Safety for Kids – 5 Ways to Reduce Risk
One of the main reasons why adults are diagnosed with skin cancer is because they were exposed to too much sun, especially when they were young (resource: www.aad.org). According to American Association of Dermatology, approximately 40-60% of sun exposure occurs before the age of 20. As parents, we must do everything that we can do to protect our children’s skin NOW, to decrease their risk of getting skin cancer later on as adults.
Here are 5 things that you can do as parents with your children to reduce risk of skin cancer while still having fun in the sun:
- Seek shade from nearby objects (trees, buildings, etc.) and avoid unintentional sun exposure
- Minimize sun exposure between 10am – 2pm during the summer months when intensity is the greatest
- Wear sun protection such as a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and UV protective clothing
- Generously apply sunscreen that provides UVB and UVA protection with an SPF of at least 30. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after swimming or excessive sweating
- Incorporate sun safety as a daily routine. Express to your children the importance of what they do now, will impact them later in life
Don’t forget to EDUCATE your children. Talk to them about sun safety! My daughters absolutely love the presentation from American Association of Dermatology where they learn the “Away, Block and Cover Up” method to sun safety. For more kid-friendly resources, I encourage you to visit the SPOT Skin Care resource center on AAD’s website and share your thoughts.
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