Daycare Sunscreen - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/08

Daycare Sunscreen

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The dangers of suffering sunburn as a child can have lasting effects later on in life.  If your child goes to daycare, do you know if they are being protected while they are there?

Pediatric nurse practitioner Lori Yu, says, "The skin really has a memory and something as simple as a sunburn early in childhood really could increase a child's risk for skin cancer later in life.  Sunscreen doesn't last all day.  It should be reapplied about every two hours and more frequently if the person is really perspiring a lot, such as playing sports or if they have been enjoying water play."

Sunglasses are another must have for children.  Sun exposure to the eyes can increase a person's risk of developing cataracts.  It is recommended that children use an SPF of at least 30.  However, sunscreen should not be applied until a child is at least six months old.  After six months though, it is critical to reapply continually.

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