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Sun safety tips for kids, teens

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:00 am

There’s no such thing as a healthy tan, say experts, especially among kids and teens.

“Children need to be protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, even on cloudy days,” said Dr. O. Marion Burton, president of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Parents should make sure kids and teens are using a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outdoors.” 

The AAP also strongly cautions teenagers against using tanning salons. While it may be a growing fad among teens today, artificial tanning is not risk-free and can cause skin cancer and eye damage just like sun tanning.

For more information, visit www.healthychildren.org.

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