Sun Safety For Any Age

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kids spend more time playing outside in the sun during the summer. As a result, they are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. UV rays are strong and penetrate atmospheric haze, thin clouds, and fog. Short term overexposure to UV rays, without proper protection, can lead to severe sunburn or sun poisoning.

Children are more sensitive to UV rays because of their thin, delicate skin. It is important to take precaution before venturing out into the sun to prevent short-term and long-term health complications. Playground equipment and play surfaces can heat up from sun exposure and can cause surface burns to children.

Under six months
  • No sun, no sunscreen

Under one year
  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Keep off hot surfaces – like playground equipment and areas hands and knees may burn if crawling

Under two years
  • Use PABA-free sunscreen with SPF of at least 30
  • Shoes for all playground surfaces

All children
  • Avoid long sun exposure, even with sunscreen
  • Always wear a hat
  • Be alert for long-term risks

* Ask your physician if extra care is needed for sun exposure if your child is taking an antibiotic, anti-seizure, or acne medication.

More information about sunburns.

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