Get ready for the sun

Considering our overcast and cloudy skies, it may come as a surprise to see Oregon ranking high nationally in skin cancer rates. With the beautiful sunny weather upon us, please take a moment to review ways to protect kids’ skin:

Don’t forget the sunscreen

  • A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended for all kids, regardless of skin tone. Make sure it is broad spectrum protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply generously, re-apply often, generally every 2 hours or so. Don’t be hesitant to discuss sunscreen use with your child’s pediatrician.

Avoid the sun during peak hours

  • Encourage your child to stay in the shade when the sun is strongest, usually between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cover up

  • Protecting the skin by wearing a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and long sleeved shirts/pants when in the sun.

Be a good role model

  • Show your child that you protect your own skin by using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and limiting your time in the sun. This will help set up positive lifelong health practices to protect the skin and take steps to prevent skin cancer.