DETROIT – Just a single severe childhood sunburn can increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Therefore, parents should ensure that their children are adequately protected with sunscreen and remember to reapply the sunscreen during the day.
“Studies have shown that most of our sun exposure occurs in childhood. We run around outside to play. We are exercising. We are outside a lot and that is when we get a lot of our sun exposure So it’s very important to start thinking about sunscreen and protection at a very young age,” says Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Dr. Melissa Piliang.
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Piliang said that no matter what type of sunscreen you put on your child, you should use a good coat that needs to be rubbed in. Waxy sunscreen sticks are a good option for kids’ faces because they are easy to apply, stick well and win. t walk in their eyes.
Kids and parents often prefer a spray-on sunscreen, but if you’re using a spray product, you’ll need to make two or three passes to get a nice shiny coat — and then still rub it in. Piliang said you can let your kids take over once they’re old enough.
“If they could, I let them spray themselves while I watched. I think it’s good for them to have that control and then they form the habit of just doing it themselves. I would just let them go outside in a well-ventilated area and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t miss any area,” Piliang said.
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Piliang said it’s important to make sure your kids understand why sunscreen is so important. A recent survey found that a third of Americans failed a basic quiz about sun exposure, and that young adults did the worst.
If sunscreening your kids is a constant battle, experts said sun-protective clothing is another option. The items can be worn in the water and you don’t need to apply sunscreen to areas covered by the clothing.
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If you or your child gets a sunburn, there are some steps you can take to help ease the pain, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
Take a cool bath or shower regularly
Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy
Take ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce swelling, redness and discomfort
drink more water
Letting blisters heal without popping them
Cover the burnt skin when you are outside
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