Children love being outside during the summer, but you need to be careful about exposing them to too much sun. “Make wearing sunscreen a family thing that includes everyone,” says Saint Francis Medical Partner Jenny M. Eichhorn, MD. “Set an example for your kids and teenagers; show them that wearing sunscreen is important by wearing it yourself.”
When you do go outside, follow these guidelines to protect your child from the sun:
- Stay in the shade and avoid the middle of the day sun as much as possible to decrease harmful sun exposure.
- Always apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
- Keep water handy when playing outside to stay well hydrated.
- Dress your children in clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Find a hat that shades the face, neck and ears and sunglasses. “You should look for sunglasses that block as much UVA and UVB rays as possible,” says Eichhorn.
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