Use clothing as a barrier
Sunscreen can have a helper in the clothing you choose for your child. Hats or visors keep the sun off a child’s face. Swim shirts shield a child’s chest, back, shoulders and arms. Opt for tennis shoes over flip-flops to protect the tops of feet. Long sleeves and pants don’t have to be heavy or hot — look for airy fabrics that your child will want to put on, even when the temperature rises.
Check for skin damage often
“In up to 40 percent of melanoma cases in children, diagnosis and treatment is delayed,” says Dr. El-Sheikh. “The earlier any lesions are found and treated, the greater the success rate.” Check your child’s skin on a regular basis. Become familiar with any birthmarks, moles or blemishes so you can easily tell if there are any changes — such as size, texture, shape and color, or a blemish or sore that does not heal. See your doctor if you find anything that concerns you.
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