The dangers of too much fun in the sun

It’s that sunshine and sunburn time of year when outdoor activities and vacation have many of us spending more time having fun in the sun.

Dr. Ana Duarte, Director of Dermatology at Miami Children’s Hospital and Founder of The Children’s Skin Center, joined The Rhode Show with an important message for parents about too much fun in the sun.

Here are some additional sun protection tips for your family:

• Keep a canteen of cold water with you at all times. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration when in the sun.
• Wear a baseball cap or sunglasses, even on cloudy days. About 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds on an overcast day.
• Wear swim shirts and full-brim water hats when swimming. A standard t-shirt has an SPF of only seven when dry and only three when wet.
• Test the shadow rule on a sunny day, if your shadow is shorter than you are tall, ultraviolet rays are particularly strong. If so, it’s time to seek the shade!
• Seek shade during outdoor sports.  If your kids play sports, encourage coaches and camp counselors to allow time in the shade when players are “benched.”
• Reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Ask coaches and camp counselors about their sun protection policies, and if sunscreen will be reapplied every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. And, find out if camps allow (or encourage) the use of sun protective clothing.

By practicing sun-savvy behaviors, parents can help kids — and the entire family — make the most of their fun summer moments.

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