By Christy Lewis
MEDFORD, Ore. — Summertime is here and that means your child might be headed to summer school, or summer camps, spending lots of time outdoors. Those activities are sparking sunscreen safety reminders.
Sometimes kids at camp spend hours out in the sun and YMCA officials are applying sunscreen to children every two hours to prevent burning. Parents grant permission for child caretakers to apply the sunscreen in a group setting.
According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and children suffering from just one severe burn are more likely to get cancer in time. Physicians say to apply UVA and UVB approved sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.
In the past, the child care centers could only apply sunscreen provided by parents–but that’s no longer the case. The state says it must be at least an SPF 15 during sun exposure; the YMCA uses 30.