GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Keeping your children’s skin safe all year long is more important than you might realize. Dr. Mary A. Yurko from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, says the sun you get as a child matters when you are older. The wrinkles and skin cancer you may get as an adult could have started in your body at 5 years old or maybe 5 months old. The statistics tell the story. Yurko says 5 sunburns in a child’s life doubles their risk of melanoma. Yurko says it’s important to help children develop good skin care habits at a young age.
She has 3 tips for parents:
#1 – put sunscreen on your child if they are going outside
#2 – dress your children in a rash guard (swim shirt)
#3 – keep your children out of the sun during the peak times of 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Stress to your children that sun isn’t a good thing, that they don’t need to be tan. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. SPF 30 means you can stay out in the sun 30 times longer than if you weren’t wearing it, until you would get a sunburn. Make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen and keep reapplying it every 2 hours.