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Health Tip: Protect Children From Sunburn

Use sunscreen and limit exposure

(HealthDay News) -- A child's delicate skin needs protection from the sun to prevent a painful burn and skin damage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to protect children from sunburn:

  • Sunburn can happen even on a shady day. The sun doesn't have to be shining brightly to cause a burn.
  • Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Apply 30 minutes before your child heads outdoors, and reapply throughout the day.
  • Cover skin with cool, light cotton clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Keep your child shaded with a beach umbrella.
  • Put a wide-brimmed hat on your child.
  • Never put a young baby (younger than six months) in direct sunlight.
  • Try to keep your child out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is strongest.
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