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Sun protection tips for young children

Sun damage is cumulative, so protection from ultraviolet rays should start early


Last updated 8/15/2019 at 2:31pm

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Keep the baby covered up with a brimmed hat and lightweight clothing that fully covers the arms and legs. For added protection, look for special clothing marked with an ultraviolet protection factor of 30 or more.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As September inches closer, many families may want to take advantage of the last full summer month by spending a lot of time outdoors. But whether they're barbecuing in the backyard or taking a vacation at the beach, it's important to remember to use sun protection for any little ones enjoying the summer sun with their families.

Babies are especially vulnerable to sun damage due to their relative lack of melanin, the skin pigment that provides some sun protection, so protecting them from harmful ultraviolet radiation is imperative.

"All of the sun damage we receive as c...

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