Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

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When your child ventures outdoors for play and sports this summer, make sure she is well protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Not only can sunburns be quite painful, but that may also increase a child’s risk for developing skin cancer later in life.

The best way to avoid harmful damage to the skin is to seek shade as much as possible—especially during midday when the UV rays are most intense. If your child must be in the sunlight during these hours, encourage them to cover their skin with long-sleeved garments. Purchase a sun hat that provides ample shade to the ears, neck, scalp, and face. Sunglasses are also a vital part of the summer wardrobe as they protect the sensitive tissues of the eyes from UV.

In addition to all of the above, purchase and have your child apply a broad spectrum of (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of at least 30 SPF for extra protection. For more sun safety information, contact the pediatric healthcare experts of Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

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