Protect Your Little Ones From Sun Damage

With more sunshine coming our way this weekend, it’s important to keep your family safe from the effects of over-exposure to the sun. We all need a little sunshine of course, it’s a source for vitamin D, which helps us maintain a healthy immune system and absorb calcium to maintain strong bones. However, excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin and eye damage, and can lead to the development of skin cancer.

A recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that examined data for more than 300 children, found that at least 50 percent of those children experienced sunburns before age 11. Melanoma is one of the two most common cancers of young Americans, and children who have had a sunburn at an early age are at a higher risk for developing melanoma in adulthood.
Check out these safety tips to help keep your family protected:

  • Use sunscreen with a SPF # of at least 30! Sunscreen not only protects against sun damage but also against wind damage by acting as a shield against irritants.
  • No tanning oils or salons! Tanning increases the risk of melanoma and accelerates skin aging.
  • Apply sunscreen every two hours to make sure you’re protected.
  • Remember the sun is everywhere, protect your entire body, even your hands, nose and ears.
  • Try to limit your time in the sun during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Make sure your family drinks plenty of water throughout the day.

For more sun safety tips from the experts at CHOC, please click here:
http://www.choc.org/community/index.cfm?id=P00374
http://www.choc.org/publications/index.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=522

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