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Kids & Sun Protection
Teaching children good health habits is a crucial part of parenting — from buckling their seat belts to discussing the dangers of smoking. Making sure they protect their skin from ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is just as important. That’s why The Skin Cancer Foundation created this easy-to-understand guide for parents.
Sun damage is cumulative, and 25 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18. So getting children on board at an early age with sun-protective measures is crucial. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than double’s a person’s risk of developing melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer that is highly linked to sun exposure and indoor tanning.
This brochure breaks down sun protection for the three main age groups of childhood:
• Newborns to 6 months
• Toddlers to tweens
It offers actionable tips at each stage, including:
• How to navigate sun exposure with a newborn
• How to apply sunscreen on a squirmy toddler
• How to talk to your teen about the dangers of tanning
And much more. Begin better skin habits today!
NUMBER OF PAGES: 6
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2023
Elizabeth Buzney, MD