It is officially summertime! The lazy days of no school, hanging out at the beach or at the pool are here! But before you head out into the sun, it's important to take a moment and protect you and your kids from sunburns.
Experts say too much sun can be dangerous. A skin cancer foundation report shows the number of skin cancer cases is going up year to year. In 2007, there were 3.7 million new cases of skin cancer! There are things each of us can do to try to prevent skin cancer. The first defense is to use sun block.
Dr. Jeanine Downie is a pediatric dermatologist. She works a lot with families and says, sun block needs to be incorporated into every family member's daily routine.
Dr. Downie recommends using sun block with an SPF 30 every day, rain or shine year round regardless of ethnicity. She says, the sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours for adults and kids. However, it's a different story if you're headed to the beach or pool.
"If your kids are in and out of the water, it needs to be reapplied as frequently as every 30 minutes because there's no such thing as a water proof or water resistant sun block," explains Dr. Downie.
Here's a little motivation for parents. A bad sunburn as a child can pre-dispose you and increase your chances for skin cancer as an adult. By bad sunburn, we mean blistering sunburn. It's something that happens too often because experts say, when it comes to sunscreen most people action don't apply enough.
The general rule is about two tablespoons of sunscreen to exposed areas of the face and body. For the face alone, you should be using at least a nickel-size dollop.
You may also want to check out u-v clothing. Dr. Downie says there are some really good options for sun protection in the form of u-v blocking hats and shirts.
Dr. Downie says parents should be good role models when it comes to skin protection. If children see parents putting on sun block every day, they are more likely to do the same.
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