Sunscreen products should not be applied to the skin of children younger than 6 months of age. Choose a sunscreen product without oxybenzone or insect repellent. Sunscreen should be reapplied more frequently than the insect repellent. Follow manufacturer’s directions. See CFOC3: 3.4.5 Sun Safety and Insect Repellent http://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/184.108.40.206 for additional information.
In 2011, the federal Food and Drug Administration adopted new rules for sunscreen labels. When selecting sunscreen, make sure the label reads “Broad spectrum”, “SPF 15” or higher up to “SPF 50”, and “Water Resistant.” All sunscreen products need to be applied at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun. This gives the product time to attach to the skin for protection. Sunscreen products should be reapplied if sun exposure occurs more than 2 hours after the product was last applied.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap! every day in every season when going outside.
• Slip on a shirt
• Slop on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher
• Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
• Wrap on sunglasses.