Summer is coming to an end and the temperatures are cooling off. This is more of a reason to get outside before the winter cold and snow limits us! Children’s skin is much more sensitive to the sun and we need to protect at all times. Here are 5 easy sun care tips for your child’s safety.
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1. Apply sunscreen ….. Always! Every day you should be applying sunscreen before going outside with your child. Sometimes we associate sunscreen with the beach or pool but truth be told, it only takes a few minutes of sun to give a child a burn. Whether going shopping, to a park, or to a friend’s house, sunscreen should always be applied.
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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 23% of lifetime sun exposure occurs by age 18 
According to the Skin Cancer foundation, just 5 sunburns before the age of 20 can increase the risk of melanoma by a startling +80%.
These sunburns may cause irreversible damage that could make the skin more fragile over the long-term, which in turn leads to accelerated skin aging and increased risk of skin cancer.
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2. Stay in the shade. Grab a blanket, games, and lunch to create a picnic in the shade. UV rays are strongest at midday so find a shady place to play.
3. Cover up. Rashguards are great for babies, toddlers, and kids to stay covered up while splishing and splashing. Getting kids used to wearing a hat and sunglasses at a young age will help the “fight” later on. Don’t wait until the summer to put hats on the kids. Use them all year long so it becomes habit and the kids will WANT their hat on. Same goes for sunglasses.
4. Medications – If you or your child is taking a medication be sure to ask the doctor or pharmacist about going outside in the sun. Some medications can make skin more sensitive which means the slightest exposure can cause a burn.
5. Be A role model- This is probably the most important. Kids want to do what their parents are doing. If everyone is grabbing their sunglasses and hats when going out, it shows that kids this is normal.
 http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts; Godar DE, Urbach F, Gasparro FP, Van der Leun JC. UV doses of young adults. Photochem Photobiol 2003; 77(4):453-457
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