Protect Kids from the Sun
Monica’s sister, Raquel, has skin cancer. Monica and Raquel are looking for information on skin cancer. They go to the Public Health office. The nurses at Public Health can help.
Monica asks how Raquel got skin cancer. The public health nurse said skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to the sun. Too much sun can damage your skin. Sunburns are very harmful. A sunburn can double your risk of getting skin cancer.
They asked how to protect their children. The nurse gave them information to read. The information said adults and children need to protect themselves from the sun. Parents should
Keep kids out of the sun from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., if possible.
Apply sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater. SPF stands for sun protection factor.
Put the sunscreen on your children 30 minutes before they go outside.
Reapply sunscreen on your children every two hours.
Have kids play or stay in the shade when possible.
Cover up kids. Have kids wear long pants and shirts with sleeves.
Have kids wear a wide brim hat. It keeps the sun off their face and neck.
Parents need to protect themselves, just like they protect their kids from the sun.