The correct way to use sunscreen for children is especially important because a child with severe sunburn increases the risk of developing a malignant tumor twice as an adult.
Some of those mistakes include not wearing sunscreen as often or skipping cream in the shade, said Dr. Anna Bender, a pediatric dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian (USA). Share about common mistakes that parents accidentally make when using sunscreen for children and how to prevent them.
When using sunscreen, parents often ignore certain body parts, including ears, toes.
The lips are another part of the body that is often overlooked when wearing sunscreen. While the lower lip is prone to sunburn from direct sunlight exposure. That’s why Dr. Bender recommends using a lip balm with an SPF 30 or higher.
Applying sunscreen regularly is very important, should cover the entire body of children. Parents should reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a child sweats.
A cream-based sunscreen is better than a spray. If in the case of using the spray, parents should rub all over the areas to be covered.
Also, parents should keep in mind that while sunscreen is very important, it is not enough to rely solely on this form of sun protection. For effective protection against the harmful effects of the sun, parents should wear sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim. Children are very sensitive to sunlight, but experts advise parents to wait until their baby is at least six months old to start using sunscreen.