May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month which acts as a good reminder to parents and caregivers that sun protection should be incorporated into summer activities with children. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. But, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. It most often forms on areas of the skin most exposed to the sun.
How to protect babies and children from harmful UV rays:
Babies and young children have sensitive skin, which makes sun protection a big concern. Also, remember kids do as we do, so parents and caregivers should adhere to the same sun protection guidelines!
* According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up
* A broad spectrum SPF 30 sun screen should be applied 15 – 30 minutes prior to going outside, to those areas not covered by UPF clothing and accessories
* Sunglasses should be worn
* Speak with your child’s school and daycare provider to learn their sun protection policy and to make sure that children are in the shade when outside between 10am-4pm
* If your child will be attending a camp, check with them regarding their sun protection policy
* Don’t be fooled by cloudy days, sun protection is needed on these days as UV rays penetrate through the clouds
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