After long winter months indoors, children (and adults!) are ready to be outside! Whether it’s playing in the backyard, adventures in the park, splashing in the pool or vacations to the lake or beach – everyone needs to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays. People of all skin types get skin cancer. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s rays.
Parents and child care providers are responsible for preventing summer sunburns by following the suggestions listed below. Child care providers can supply one brand of sunscreen for all children or parents may provide their choice of sunscreen with the child’s name on the bottle. Sunscreen is considered an over the counter medication. Parents must sign a medication permission form and child care providers must document that sunscreen is applied 15 minutes before going outside.
Preventing skin cancer begins in early childhood but everyone can benefit from the following, which is supported by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency):
Need some help deciding what sunscreen to use? Here are some quick tips to help!
So check out the great outdoors – but don’t let the sun get the best of you!
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