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What are sunscreen guidelines for children to prevent skin cancer?

The following are sunscreen guidelines for children:
  • Apply sunscreen to small areas of skin not protected by clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas. Most people receive only 20% to 50% of a sunscreen's advertised protection because they use too little.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if the child plays in the water, even if the sunscreen is "waterproof."
  • Choose sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Do not use sunscreens that are combined with insect repellent.

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