Childrenís Sunburn
Thursday, July 9, 2009

As adults, we are all aware that we need to protect our skin from the sunís harmful rays, but what about protection for your children?  Dr. Edward Hill shares some useful tips in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Eighty percent of a personís lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 21.  The regular use of sunscreen in children can lower their risk of skin cancer by almost 78 percent.

Here are some tips to protect your child:

- Wear protective clothing, including a hat and long sleeve shirt and long pants.  Most clothing only has a SPF of 5 to 9, so you can still get sun damage through clothing.

- Limit exposure to the sun when it is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

- Protect your childís eyes with sunglasses that protect against radiation.

- Use sunscreen daily, even if it is cloudy, because most of the sunís radiation penetrates clouds and can still cause sunburn.

- Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher

- Apply sunscreen at least 30 to 45 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or more often if the child is swimming or perspiring heavily.

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