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Description:Pictured here, was a mother holding her young son spending a fun-filled summer day at a playground. The boy was wearing a darkly-colored t-shirt and denim shorts, both able to shield him from the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen had been applied to their sun-exposed skin.

Protecting Children from the Sun:

Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it's best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it's happened.

Cover up. Clothing that covers your child's skin helps protect against UV rays. Although a long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a tight weave are best, they aren't always practical. A T-shirt, long shorts, or a beach cover-up are good choices, too—but it's wise to double up on protection by applying sunscreen or keeping your child in the shade when possible.
Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don't protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.

Wear sunglasses. They protect your child's eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don't forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; Cancer Prevention and Control: Skin Cancer
CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; Skin Cancer – Protecting Children from the Sun
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Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
Diagnosis
Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
Physical Examination
Pigmentation
Skin Pigmentation
Therapeutics
Hygiene
Skin Care
Anatomy
Integumentary System
Skin
Dermis
Epidermis
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Social Sciences
Sociology
Social Welfare
Child Welfare
Biological Sciences
Biological Phenomena, Cell Phenomena, and Immunity
Biological Phenomena
Pigmentation
Skin Pigmentation
Digestive, Oral, and Skin Physiology
Skin Physiology
Skin Aging
Skin Pigmentation
Environment and Public Health
Environment
Meteorological Factors
Atmosphere
Weather
Sunlight
Ultraviolet Rays
Chemicals and Drugs
Chemical Actions and Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Radiation-Protective Agents
Sunscreening Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Dermatologic Agents
Sunscreening Agents
Specialty Uses of Chemicals
Cosmetics
Sunscreening Agents
Protective Agents
Radiation-Protective Agents
Sunscreening Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Sunscreening Agents
Diseases
Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities
Abnormalities
Skin Abnormalities
Disorders of Environmental Origin
Wounds and Injuries
Burns
Sunburn
Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Melanoma
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Carcinoma
Adenocarcinoma
Carcinoma, Skin Appendage
Neoplasms, Adnexal and Skin Appendage
Carcinoma, Skin Appendage
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Melanoma
Nevi and Melanomas
Melanoma
Nevus
Neoplasms by Site
Skin Neoplasms
Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
Skin Diseases
Keratoacanthoma
Keratosis
Photosensitivity Disorders
Dermatitis, Photoallergic
Dermatitis, Phototoxic
Sunburn
Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Pigmentation Disorders
Hyperpigmentation
Melanosis
Acanthosis Nigricans
Lentigo
Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Skin Abnormalities
Skin Neoplasms
Health Care
Persons
Persons
Age Groups
Child
Child, Preschool
Physical Sciences
Natural Sciences
Physics
Radiation
Radiation, Nonionizing
Ultraviolet Rays
Psychiatry and Psychology
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
Behavior
Child Behavior
Child Rearing
Human Development
Child Development
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