Sun Protection For Children

Sun Protection For Children. Sun damage in childhood is one of the most important causes of skin cancer in adults. Not only is children’s skin more vulnerable to damage by the sun’s rays, but people on average get 80% of our lifetime sun exposure by age 18.

A tan is the body’s defense against sun damage. A dark tan means a more effective defense. But if you have to work at your tan, or burn first, then tan, you do not have a strong defense against skin cancer. We now know that sunscreens do not completely protect you from getting melanoma if you use them to go out in the sun longer. If your children do not easily and quickly darken, you should avoid excess sun.

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