Keeping kids sunburn-free

Photo: Hans Braxmeier
Photo: Hans Braxmeier(WNDU)
Published: May. 31, 2018 at 3:06 PM EDT
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With summer just around the corner, people will be heading outside for a chance to enjoy the warmer weather-which means parents will be reaching for the sunblock.

And while there's plenty of options to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is best.

Don't worry if the sunscreen is marketed towards kids versus adults. Dermatologists say the ingredients are basically the same. The main thing to pay attention to is the SPF level, and make sure it says "broad spectrum" on it, so it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Recommendations on what level you should use vary, but most recommend using at least a SPF 15 or 30.

One thing experts do agree on is how important it is to protect your child's skin from the sun's harmful rays. According to dermatologists, sunburns at a young age are more dangerous for skin cancers than those burns later on. Reapplying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and staying in the shade during the harsh midday sunlight hours are all great ways to stay safe while having fun this summer.