Children and Sunburn: A Dangerous Combination

According to recent medical research, children who suffer just one severe blistering sunburn may have doubled their chances of getting skin cancer. Although the pain of the sunburn may go away in a few days, the damage to the skin will unfortunately last forever. Since approximately 60-80% of our total lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood, it’s vitally important to protect children and teenagers from the sun. Experts believe that two-thirds of American children do not get adequate sun protection. If you want your children to avoid a future bout with skin cancer, it’s vital to protect them when they are young. So don’t forget a high SPF mineral baby sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing for your children any time they are out in the sun.

Children and Sunburn: A Dangerous Combination

About Thomas Rosenfeld, MD, Chief of Dermatology

Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld was always interested in science as a child, so it’s no surprise that he decided to go into medicine. Before his undergraduate years, he worked in a hospital emergency room to get an idea of what aspect of medicine interested him most. It was during his medical school education that he decided on dermatology. He was on morning rounds, in 3rd year, at the VCU hospital when a woman was being treated for blood...

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