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  • Writer's pictureDr. Loretta Cody

Sun Safety for Your Kids

School is out for summer, and so is the sun and your child’s sun exposure. Whether at camp, playing in the backyard, or at the beach, you must plan on sun protection. Here are some helpful tips to keep toddlers and children “sun safe.”

  1. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Make sure it is broad spectrum, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

  2. Reapply sunscreen often, especially if your child is in and out of the water.

  3. Dress your child in sun-protective attire, which includes:

    • A hat with a large brim

    • Sunglasses

    • UV protective clothing

4. Keep kids in the shade during peak sun hours, between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

To keep infants under 6 months old sun safe:

  • keep away from direct sunlight

  • stay in shady areas

  • keep the stroller shade down

  • use umbrellas

  • put on a wide brim hat

  • find and dress in UPF-rated apparel

  • take walks during off-peak hours (before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.)

Note: Sunscreen is not recommended for infants under 6 months.

For infants older than 6 months:

  • use a broad-spectrum, baby-friendly sunscreen

  • dress in clothes that have a UPF label

  • put on a big hat

  • use sunglasses

  • reapply sunscreen frequently

  • try to limit exposure during peak sun hours (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Following these tips will help you and your child enjoy summer days and remain sun safe!

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