With children spending more time in the sun this summer, it’s important to take the right steps to keep them safe.
Dermatologists are warning parents about the dangers of spending too much time under the South Texas sun.
"There’s just really no reason to be overexposing young kids to sun for hours at a time," Dr. Ryan Rogers said.
Dr. Rogers said the best way to prevent a bad sunburn is by dressing your children correctly. This includes wearing sunhats, sleeves, and an SPF of greater than 30.
When choosing the right sun protective solution for your children, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between sunblock and sunscreen. Sunblock is a thicker solution with longer lasting coverage, while sunscreen must be applied approximately every hour.
Dr. Rogers also emphasized the importance of performing regular skin checks on your children.
"If a spot is more than one color, larger than a pencil eraser, slightly asymmetric, it’s always good to just have it looked at," Dr. Rogers said.