Sun protection and sunscreens

Dr. Jacob Rosenberg

The weather is finally nice and it's important to take protection from the potentially damaging effects of the sun. We get many questions about sun protection and sunscreens, so here is a great reference from About Kids Health.

Other Important Points:

  • children under 6 months of age should not wear sunscreen and should instead be shielded from the sun via clothing and shading
  • SPF 30 sunscreens should be applied and reapplied every 2-3 hours
  • Use a sunscreen that is labelled “broad spectrium” which will shield out UVAand UVB rays
  • For sensitive areas of the body, such as the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders, choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These products may stay visible on the skin even after you rub them in, and some come in fun colors that children enjoy.
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