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Updated Guidelines for Sun Protection In Children

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ELK GROVE VILLIAGE, Ill.) -- Though many parts of the country continue to deal with bitter cold, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued an updated policy statement on skin cancer prevention and safe sun exposure practices in children.

The recommendations include wearing protective clothing, timing children's outdoor activity to minimize sun exposure between 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. when possible, applying sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, and wearing sunglasses. Infants younger than six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight all together, the Academy says.

Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization note their support for legislation that would ban the use of artificial tanning devices by individuals under the age of 18. Some tanning units produce ultraviolet radiation so strong that they can at times reach strengths 10 to 15 times higher than peak midday sun.

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