Sun Safety for Young Children

Florida families love to bring their young children to the beach. But, did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your young child’s risk of skin cancer in later life? And it’s not just getting sunburned at the beach but whenever they are outdoors.

Florida families love to bring their young children to the beach, or the park during sunny days. But, did you know that just a few serious sunburns can increase your young child’s risk of skin cancer in later life? And it’s not just getting sunburned at the beach but whenever they are outdoors.

So how can you protect your child’s delicate skin? Here’s how:

1. Shade – UV Rays are the strongest when the sun is highest in the sky – during the midday. Try to plan outdoor activities early during the day or later in the afternoon.

2. Clothing – Wear clothes that cover up your child but at the same time providing good ventilation for their bodies. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. You can also have them wear hats to shade the face, scalp, ears and neck, while sunglasses can be used to cover up the eye area.

3. Sunscreen – Use sunscreens with high SPF and UVA/UVB protection EVERY TIME your child goes outside. Don’t forget to apply to their ears, nose, lips and their feet.

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