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Ap­ply sun­screen about 30 min­utes be­fore go­ing out­side so that a good layer of pro­tec­tion can form. Don’t for­get about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoul­ders and be­hind the neck. Lift up cos­tume straps and ap­ply sun­screen un­der­neath them.

Reap­ply sun­screen ev­ery two to three hours. Wa­ter re­flects and in­ten­si­fies the sun’s rays, so chil­dren need pro­tec­tion that lasts when swim­ming. In this case, a wa­ter­proof va­ri­ety is best, but you should still reap­ply it.

Even chil­dren with dark skin need pro­tec­tion. Al­though dark skin has more melanin and tans more eas­ily than it burns, tan­ning is also a sign of sun dam­age.

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