Ah, summer. There’s nothing like the days of getting to be outside all the time. But if you’re heading to a beach or pool, you can’t forget about sunscreen.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) (both from the sun and from tanning machines) is one of the biggest factors of cancer in humans, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So while it’s important to lotion up all year round, it’s especially important during the hottest months of the year.
And even more important? Protecting your babies from the sun, if you’re a parent. Every sunburn a child gets can put them at risk for skin cancer later on in life. Additionally, a child can get a sunburn within minutes of being in the sun, especially if they’re not sufficiently protected with a good, well-equipped sunscreen.
Unfortunately, that might be harder to find than we think. Recently, one mom named Rebecca Cannon thought she was doing right by her child by covering her 14-month-old daughter Kyla with an aerosol sunscreen for a day out in the sun.
The sunscreen she purchased, which was Banana Boat SPF 50 broad spectrum kids sunscreen, displayed clearly on the directions that it was safe for children 6 months and older. Additionally, Rebecca read that it was best to squeeze the sunscreen into her hands first and then rub it onto the child’s face for optimal application.