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Aug 7, 2011 7:43 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Got SPF?

Fun in the sun can get you burned if you're no properly protected.

Kids are cooling off at local fountains and pools as the summer sun beats down across El Paso County. Remembering to slather on the sunscreen will ensure your little ones won't have sore skin at night.

Make sure the brand is at least an SPF of 15, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and it's important to reapply every two hours.

Many parents are aware of the damaging effects of the sun's harmful rays. As mother, Angelena Wentzel says, "With the kids you know, sometimes when we come home after being out and about and I'll realize that night I forgot sunscreen. They have a burn and I feel just awful about it, you know, because I think of the long term effects."

The Skin Cancer Foundation advises just one severe sunburn during childhood doubles the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Other sun safety tips can be found at The American Academy of Pediatrics website.

 

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