Children younger than age 6 years should avoid direct sun exposure because their sensitive skin burns easily. It is essential for babies younger than 6 months to stay out of the sun because they should not wear sunscreen, except possibly in small amounts in areas, such as the face and back of the hands.
If you allow your child older than 6 months in the sun, do the following things to help prevent sunburn:footnote 1
In addition to preventing sunburn, sun protection helps prevent other health problems, such as skin damage and skin cancer. Most people accumulate the majority of their lifetime sun damage by 18 years of age.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009). Protecting children from the sun. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/children.htm.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of: March 20, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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