USF Health dermatologists treat children with rare dermatologic conditions and syndromes, as well as other
common dermatologic issues, like severe acne vulgaris, atopic dermatitis and
For many people, most sun exposure occurs
before age 18 and both sunburns and cumulative sun exposure increase the risk
of developing skin cancer.
That’s why it is so important for children to be protected
from the damaging rays of the sun. Effective ways for reducing exposure
- Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., daylight time.
- When children are in the sun, they should wear
protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat. Swimsuits are available for
children with a t-shirt style top to cover the trunk and shoulders.
- Use sunblock and apply it liberally to all exposed
skin. Look for a broad spectrum sunblock that has both UVA and UVB protection.
It should be re-applied every one to two hours, more frequently if there is
intense sunlight or if the children are swimming or sweating.
- Be creative: Look for shaded play areas and ask your
child's school about getting a shade structure over the playground or