Be Sun Smart!

Whether you’re camping, hiking, swimming, or just hanging in the backyard, don’t let a sunburn damper your child’s fun! Applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Easier said than done.

Choosing a healthy sunscreen for your family can be confusing and overwhelming. There are many sunscreens on the market for children that are simply unsafe to use. We look to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) sunscreen recommendations because they do a lot of the time-consuming research for you! The EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their list of approved sunscreens are assigned a safety rating to help you make the best choice for your family.

Keep in mind that sunscreen is only part of an effective sun protection plan. Below are some other crucial protection tips:

Seek shade. Plan a break from outdoor activities between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. If this is not realistic, simply seeking shade during these hours will help limit your child’s exposure to the sun’s most harmful rays.

Cover up. Hats, shirts, pants and other skin shielding clothing will protect your child’s skin from the sun’s UV rays.

Use sunglasses. Shades protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.


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