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Since the most harmful effects of sun exposure occur in early childhood, it’s extremely important to use sunscreen and follow sun safety basics right from the start.
Babies have sensitive skin that is thinner than adult skin, making them more prone to sunburns. In addition, since they also have more skin relative to their body mass than adults, sunburns can be more serious for them. Possible issues include pain, skin damage, dehydration, fever and an increased risk of skin cancer.
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA), babies under the age of one should not be exposed to the sun. Here are a few basic rules to put into practice:
Be especially careful on cloudy days. Up to 80 percent of UV rays can pass through clouds (and fog, for that matter). It’s best to use sunscreen for all outdoor activities.
A severe sunburn on a baby is a medical emergency. If your child gets a sunburn, see your doctor as soon as possible.
It goes without saying that these sun safety practices apply to older children, as well.
Turn sun protection into a game. Teach your children the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you are, it’s time to protect yourself from the hot rays of the sun. Make it fun for them by singing a funny song while applying sunscreen.
Remember that children need to use sunscreen from early spring to fall, during recess, outdoor sports or field trips. In the winter, you may also want to consider using sunscreen if your child is going to be outside for a long period of time.
If you have questions about sun protection or your children’s health, talk to your family pharmacists. They are here to help!
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