Sun Safety for Kids and Adults

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Sun Safety for Kids and Adults

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Your Skin From Head To Toe
Sun Safety for Kids and Adults
Sun Safety for Kids and Adults
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Plan outdoor activities to occur before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid the sun's most intense rays. Shade may not provide adequate protection because of reflected sunlight.
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Your Skin from Head to Toe

 
 
 
 
Sun Safety for Kids and Adults
    • Plan outdoor activities to occur before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid the sun's most intense rays. Shade may not provide adequate protection because of reflected sunlight.
    • Babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
    • After age 6 months, children should be protected with a sunscreen lotion that filters out both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays and with an skin protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 30. Apply it before going outside and every couple of hours thereafter, more often after swimming or sweating. Include all sun-exposed skin, including the backs of hands and tops of feet. Consider using stick-type sunscreens to cover the lips, nose, ears, forehead and around the eyes, as these will not be as likely to smear and cause eye irritation.
    • In addition to sunscreen, cover up with a wide-brimmed hat or visor. Clothing should be tightly woven, since thin, light-colored cotton T-shirts allow lots of UV light through to the skin, particularly when wet.

 

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