Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

Suggestions for correct use

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(HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun's harmful rays, but only if it's applied correctly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises:

  • Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and up to 50. Use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen for the face, shoulders, ears and other sensitive areas.
  • Applying sunscreen liberally, making sure to completely cover the body, including backs of the knees, hands, feet, ears, face and nose.
  • Applying sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it has time to absorb.
  • Applying sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days.
  • Applying sunscreen at least every two hours, and possibly more often after swimming or sweating.

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