Exposing babies and children to too much sun may increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Thus, by the time children are 18, children will have racked up a lot of time outdoors. Help protect them, and yourself, by making sun safety a priority.
In fact, there’s loads you need to consider when choosing kinds of sun protection for your child: what other kinds of protection are out there? Am I putting enough on, often enough? Is that old bottle in the bathroom cupboard good for this year’s family holiday?
Tips below may answer some of your above questions:
Buy the right sunscreen?
The right sunscreen should be labeled broad spectrum (which protects against both UVA and UVB and water resistant). However, according to Dr. Nussbaum (Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College ) : “ No sunscreen is truly water proof or sweat-proof, so if your kids get wet or sweaty, always reapply it.”
When to apply sun screen?
Apply sunscreen whenever your kids will be in the sun. For best results, apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside. Sunscreen needs at least 20 to 30 minutes to absorb into the skin before sun exposure, therefore, you should apply it beforehand.
Rainy , cloudy days or when sitting in the shade?
Even if your kids are just at home or at school all day or it is cloudy or raining outside, you absolutely have to apply sunscreen for them! Computer screen, fluorescent lights, and just every little UV ray coming through the windows still penetrate your child’s skin. And that accumulates and adds up over time to premature aging and skin damage.
Every child needs sun protection regardless of their skin tone. Although dark skin has more protective melanin and tans more easily than it burns, tanning is still a sign of sun damage. Dark-skinned kids also can get painful sunburns.
How much sunscreen?
The teaspoon rule of applying sunscreen states that you should use approximately:
- Half a teaspoon of sunscreen for your child’s face, head, and neck
- Half a teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm
- One teaspoon of sunscreen for his chest, abdomen, and back
- One teaspoon of sunscreen for each leg
Children, individually have different sizes and shapes so larger child may need a little bit more.