Living in Arizona, protecting children’s skin from harmful effects of the sun’s rays is a priority for parents.  To begin, avoid direct sunlight in the hottest part of the day, typically the afternoon, especially in the summer months.  It is best to swim and play outside in the morning and evening.  Regardless of when children are outside, they should always wear sunscreen.  In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of sunscreens for infants.  Even children under 6 months should wear sunscreen; for these youngest children, a barrier sunscreen is recommended.  For additional information about sunscreens and children, see the article “Protecting Kids from the Sun,” in which Dr. Mitra gives recommendations for optimum sun protection.

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