When You Need to Reapply Kids' Sunscreen and More Summer Safety Guidelines

Sun, sport, water and other stay-safe tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics (17 Photos)

American Academy of Pediatrics on Jun 25, 2013 at 11:32AM

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When You Need to Reapply Kids' Sunscreen and More Summer Safety Guidelines

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Be sun savvy

For babies and kids over 6 months, the first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Have kids wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% - 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays) and cotton clothing with a tight weave. Play in the shade when possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours -- between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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