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Is it safe to use adult sunscreen on your children?

Doctors say it ok for children to use adult sunscreen. Doctors say it ok for children to use adult sunscreen.
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Children’s sunscreen is almost two dollars more than adult sunscreen, so it is safe to save a little money and put adult sunscreen on your children?

Dermatologist Mark Wallis says it’s formulated to be sensitive and easy on the skin, but it’s perfectly safe to use adult sunscreen on the little ones. “Unless the child is very, very young, adult sunscreens can be used, but that would be just down to about six months old. Younger than six months they should be fully protected from the sun. They should be in the shade,” he said.

It’s not just uncomfortable for children to get sunburns, but the negative impact could last a lifetime. Dr. Wallis explains. “Many of the high risk skin cancers that we see are often triggered by severe sunburns that happened when they were very young. Every serious sunburn gives us a 50% lifetime increase of skin cancer.”

Joanna Soles is a mom but also studying to get her PHD. She knows the dangers of too much exposure. She said, “The really early sunburns like before the age of 5 are much more severe , than when you get a sunburn as an adult, because your cells are still developing and growing. It’s really an important responsibility for parents."

We get one shot to protect their skin. “Each of us has to protect the skin we are in. This skin has to last us a lifetime. We are old a lot longer than we are young,” Dr. Wallis added.

He reminded us of tips that are good not only for children but for everyone: Use SPF 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. Avoid the middle of the day hours. Try to stay in the shade during that time. So before they jump in, remember to protect their skin.

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