Toddlers & Sun Screen

Last Modified: June 7, 2011


Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

My pre-schooler spends a bit of time on the playground in the spring. I don't send her to school wearing sunscreen. Should I?


Rachel Woods, BSN, RN, Nurse in Mohs micrographic surgery at Penn Medicine, responds:

It is recommended that sunscreen use begins as early as 6 months of age. For children there are many challenges to that. An easy solution is to cover them up with UPF clothing. You take away the problems of application errors, mess, and reapplication concerns while the children are not with you. UPF clothing is highly breathable and comfortable in summertime weather.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series: Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention Webchat. View the entire transcript on Sun Safety.