Long summer days are filled with plenty of outdoor fun for kids--and plenty
of exposure to the sun. "Sunburns during childhood can lead to sun
damage in adulthood, and can increase the chance of skin cancer in the
Wilfredo Alejo, MD, a board-certified pediatrician at
St. Jude Heritage Medical Group. "That's why it's so important to make sure your child is
properly shielded from the sun's ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UVA
and UVB) rays."
Here are some tips for head-to-toe protection for children older than 6
months. For infants younger than 6 months old, limit sun exposure as much
as possible; if they do have to be outside, dress them in hats, long-sleeved
shirts and lightweight clothing that covers their delicate skin, and stay
in the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.