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Pediatric Expert Tips: Sunscreen

Sunscreen Safety Tips

Summer is here, and for many families that means more time outside in the sun. Parents know that sunscreen is key to protecting a child's delicate skin from sunburn and skin cancer, but all sunscreens are not created equal. The SPF number on the bottle can be misleading, and it's not the only thing you need to be looking for.

Children's Hospital Emergency Department Director Ryan Redman, M.D., shares sun protection tips and advice on using sunscreen to protect your child's skin from sun damage this summer.

Important Sunscreen Safety Tips:

  • Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15
  • Choose Broad Spectrum sunscreen (protection from both UVA & UVB rays)
  • Water Resistant does not mean water proof (re-apply often)
  • Limit time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when UV rays are strongest

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