Summer is here! I so look forward to this time of year – less time spent keeping up with schedules; sleeping in; longer days. While this is a fun and exciting time of year, I caution all parents to be ever mindful of the need for sunscreen. More information from studies show that most skin damage comes from sunburns we get as kids. Use of sunscreen between birth and age 20, decreases risk of melanoma by up to 85%! What should you do?
1. Use sunscreen every day – one that protects against UVA and UVB.
2. Reapply sunscreen.
3. Do not use tanning beds or allow your teen to use one.
4. If out in the sun for long periods, use more than sunscreen: hats, sunglasses, etc.
Sun and summer go hand in hand, but make sure you protect yourself and your children from the harm the sun can do.
Katrina Hood, M.D.
Pediatric & Adolescent Associates