Children younger than age 6 years should avoid direct sun
exposure because their sensitive skin burns easily. It is essential for babies
younger than 6 months to stay out of the sun because they should not wear
sunscreen, except possibly in small amounts in areas, such as the face and back of the
If you allow your child older than 6 months in the sun, do
the following things to help prevent sunburn:1
In addition to preventing sunburn, sun protection helps
prevent other health problems, such as skin damage and
skin cancer. Most people accumulate the majority of
their lifetime sun damage by 18 years of age.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009).
Protecting children from the sun. Available
September 1, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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