Children's Sun Safety

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Summer is here, and your children may be excited about playing outside, spending hours at the beach or in the pool. They are probably not thinking about sun protection, but parents should. Dr. Ed Hill gives some sun protection tips for children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

At one time, a lot of sun exposure was thought to be healthy. But today we know that exposure to the sun can be dangerous. When UV rays come into contact with skin, they damage skin cells, causing freckles, wrinkles, sunburn and even skin cancer.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your childs skin in the sun.

Use sunscreen. Make sure your child is wearing a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen whenever he or she is outside.

Make sure your child wears protective clothing and hats.

Protect the eyes. Encourage your child to wear sunglasses.

Protect the lips. Encourage your child to use protective lip balm.

Never allow your child to use tanning beds.

If you notice any freckles, moles or other skin spots that grow larger than a pencil eraser or change shape or color, take your child to your primary care physician or a dermatologist. Potentially dangerous skin problems can usually be treated successfully if caught early enough.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.