Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun’s harmful rays, but only if it’s applied correctly.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises:
- Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and up to 50. Use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen for the face, shoulders, ears and other sensitive areas.
- Applying sunscreen liberally, making sure to completely cover the body, including backs of the knees, hands, feet, ears, face and nose.
- Applying sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it has time to absorb.
- Applying sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days.
- Applying sunscreen at least every two hours, and possibly more often after swimming or sweating.