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Pediatric Dermatology

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 genodermatoses.

Helpful tip:

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 include:

  • 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 basketball court.

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