Shade, clothes and hats offer little ones safe protection, pediatric dermatologist says
By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood.
Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
"Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma," said pediatric dermatologist Sheila Fallon Friedlander. She's a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego.
"Keep sun-safety items near the front door, in your car and in your diaper bag so that you always have them ready when you're on the go," Fallon Friedlander recommended in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release.
Other tips from Fallon Friedlander and the AAD include:
Along with sun protection, keep babies safe on hot days by making sure they don't get overheated and that they drink plenty of fluids, Fallon Friedlander advised.
If your baby gets fussy, cries excessively or develops redness on any exposed skin, take him or her indoors immediately.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on sun safety for children.
SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, June 13, 2017
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