Children and babies
should be protected from the sun. You should start protecting your child from
the sun when he or she is a baby. Because children and teens spend a lot of
time outdoors playing, they get most of their lifetime sun exposure in their
first 18 years.
Teach your children that it is important to protect their skin
from the sun.
Have your children wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and a
hat when they are in the sun.
Have your children wear sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with SPF
30 or higher. Follow the instructions on the sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen after
2 hours in the sun or water, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct
Some people believe that a tan may protect them
against a sunburn and skin damage. But the amount of sun exposure needed to get
a tan can by itself cause skin damage.