break means more fun in the sun, but there’s nothing fun
about a sunburn. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your
child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Even a tan
indicates damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Each year,
more than 9,000 people die in the U.S. from melanoma, the
deadliest form of skin cancer. Here are tips to protect your
up with tight-weaved clothing and a hat that covers the face,
scalp, ears and neck. Stay in the shade if possible.
sunscreen that says "broad-spectrum" on the label
with an SPF of at least 15, and wear sunglasses with a least
99 percent UV protection. All skin types need protection, even
on cloudy days.
sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors or swimming
to give time for the sunscreen to absorb into the skin. Don’t
forget rims of the ears, lips, back of the neck and tops of
sunscreen every two hours or more often if swimming or
sweating. Products labeled "waterproof" provide
protection for at least 80 minutes in the water, while
"water-resistant" protects for 40 minutes. Sunscreen
rubs off when toweling dry.
not use sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months, except for
small amounts on face or back of hands. Dress them in
lightweight clothing that covers most of the skin and stay in
your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when rays are
good example by following the same advice.
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